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Manufactured in Japon from 1975 until 0.
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Minolta SRT 303

Traduction de PYP

Probably the finest camera of the SrT-series… One the finest mechanical camera ever!
The SR-T303 (called 303 in Europe, SrT-102 in America and SrT-Super in Japan & Asia) is an evolution of the SrT-101 (1966) and therefore has the same basic features, but a lot of significant changes were made.

First of all, the body was re-designed to look more modern (in 1973, the SrT-body style was already 7 years old). Nothing fancy, but I think that the camera looks smoother. Aesthetic changes also affect the film advance lever (easier to grasp) and the ISO/DIN conversion table on the back of the camera.

But the real changes are inside! The viewfinder has seen two evolutions: first, the viewfinder now displays both the shutter speed AND the f-stop number. This allows you to compose, focus and set the speed and f-stop without taking your eye away from the finder. Talking about the focusing, the other important change is that a split-image rangefinder was added in the centre of the microprism focusing area. The focusing screen is also brighter than older Sr-Ts.
The viewfinder of the SR-T303 displays ALL the information you need, and it remains very clear and easy to use: the f-stop number is displayed on the top of the finder, the speeds on the bottom, and the two light meter needles are on the right side. Simple & easy.

The flash features were also improved on the SR-T303: the flash shoe is now a hot shoe, (meaning that you don’t need a flash cord anymore). The SR-T303 however keeps the flash synch contact, so that you can use any older flash unit that has a cord.

On the technical side, the SR-T303 has the same advantages than its older brother: it is a purely mechanical camera that will operate without a battery, it is easy to use, extremely reliable and… sturdy (some refers to it as “the tank”).

The original battery used for the light meter was PX-625 (1.35 Volts), which is not available anymore. Several options exist, including same voltage batteries (zinc-air) or slightly higher voltage ones (1.5V, such as silver-oxide or alkaline). You can easily find a lot of information on PX-625 replacement on the Web.

The SR-T303 is still a quite sought-after camera, due to its performance: its combines astonishing manufacturing quality of a purely mechanical camera with the excellent CLC light metering system; it has a lockable depth of field preview button, a very informative yet clear viewfinder, and - on the earlier models - a manual mirror lock-up device. Using a SR-T303 nowadays is still a real pleasure, even thought it is larger and heavier than other mechanical cameras (not far 1 kilogram with the basic 58mm f1:1.4 len