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Manufactured in Japon from Circa 1958 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 2017

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Minolta V2

Traduction de Manuel M

The V2 is a superb telemetric camera, of which the leaf shutter reached the 1/2000 second! A record for its period. There exists also V3 which reaches… 1/3000 second! I put forth an etymological assumption here: 2 or 3 for speed in thousandth of course, but “V” for Verschluss, German shutter, but I am not sure of nothing.

A technological prowess with nevertheless some limitations: to the 1/2000 second, the diaphragm must be closed beyond F: 8, and F: 4 for the 1/1000 second. Indeed, to obtain so short times with an important moving of the leaves (if one went to the full aperture) implies, for reasons of inertia, an important relative speed, with strong mechanical constraints. So it is rare to find today V2 completely functional. That presented here is.

These limitations of aperture relativize a little the interest such a speed: beyond the pure performance, one has need for speed fast when one wants to open the diaphragm. Or, in the opposite case, to combine high-speed and small aperture, one needs light!

But let us not be sulky therefore our pleasure: the viewfinder is very wide, with a small rectangular telemetric image with the top of the centre. A collimated frame moves according to the distance, thus correcting the parallax. There is no other indication, it is an entirely manual camera. One can adjust the speed and the aperture independently one of the other, or by using scales EV (from 2 to 20), readable in a window and thus coupling the adjustments according to the index given by the cell.

The catch in hand is pleasant: a certain weight ensures a good stability. A bump notched under the ring of focusing falls immediately under the fingers.
The cocking lever, slightly salient of the hood, is operated by producing a pleasant rattling. Supreme refinement, tiny butted out of flexible plastic amortizes the return and protects metal!

Really of the beautiful mechanics… a small flat however: the closing of the back is a little simple in comparison with the unit. A simple sliding bar, without return spring nor locking!