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Manufactured in Japon from 1955 until 1956.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Minolta 35 II

The classification used here is adapted from those of Wolfgang Huller , which is  based upon the data from the Minolta Manual Focus Collector's Society.

In July 1955 a version of the Minolta 35 Model II (type a2) with a renovated aesthetic is released. On the front, it is immediately apparent that the metal edges of the hood and the sole are double height of the previous, passing partially under the front plate supporting the lens.
The hood also shows a modified form: the cutout of the boss surrounding the speed selector is less nervous and leaves more space for the hot shoe. The rewind button, whose height is reduced, now overcomes a rounded "sidewalk". The speed selector itself has a much lower knurled flange. Finally, the engraving on the hood is the mark in extenso: "Chiyoda Kogaku".

To go with this refreshing, a new lens, brighter, was proposed as a standard: a 2.0 / 5 cm alternative to the 2.8 / 5 cm or the traditional but proven 2.8 / 45 mm. In the case of an original mount with a 50 mm, the viewfinder was adapted to the narrower field, and we notice in this case that the viewfinder window on the front is reduced: all the surround is wider by 1 mm 
Beyond the visual appearance, the technical characteristics of the 35 Model II (type b1) are identical to those of the 35 Model II (type a2).

The distribution (type b1) / (type b2) is balanced: there were about 16,000 copies of each type, and it is by far the most common version of all Minolta 35. It may also be one of the most finished, precedent the excellent 35 IIB however more rare. In all cases a very good device of use.

Minolta 35 II




Help to identify the Minolta 35 models

by Renaud Laemmli


Engraving on front      
  Engraving on the top    

No engraving      
  Chiyoda-Kogaku Osaka    
    Slow speeds with a key lock (sequence 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 readable from front)  
      Frame counter mark oriented toward front beside the "R" 35 A (type a)
      Frame counter mark oriented toward the hinge axis 35 A (type b)
    Slow speeds without a key lock (sequence 1, 2, 4, 8, 25 readable from front) 35 A (type c)
  Minolta 35 et ####*   35 B (type a)
  Minolta 35, ####* et C.K.S    
    Rewind button with a visible central axis and the winding of the film is seven perforations 35 B (type b)
    Rewind button without central axis  
      The winding of the film is eight perforations
No eyelets on the strap
No hollow on front under the lens
        Slow speeds always readable from the front 35 C (type a)
        Slow speed readable from the top 35 C (type b)
      Eyelets on the strap
Hollow on front under the lens
"R" lever under the frame counter disc
        Format 24 x 33 mm 35 D (type a)
        Format 24 x 34 mm 35 D (type b)

Model E     35 Model E

Model F     35 Model F

Model II      
    No "sidewalk" under the rewind knob
      Slow speeds sequence : 1, 2, 4, 8, 25 35 Model II (type a1)
      Red X between 25 and 8 on the slow speeds knob 35 Model II (type a2)
  Chiyoda Kogaku    
      Accessory shoe with no balls between the screws 35 Model II (type b1)
      Accessory shoe with two balls between the screws 35 Model II (type b2)

Model IIB     35 Model IIB

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