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Minolta 110 SLR
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Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1976 to (After) 1980.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1690

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Traduction de/translation by: Martin Siegel


In 1976 Minolta unveiled a small SLR which uses 110 film cassettes. The film format is already strange enough for an SLR but overall look of the camera makes it unique.
The appearance of the 110 Zoom SLR is that of a "large" rangefinder where the lens has been mounted at the bottom instead of the front. A philosophy that brings it close to the Comet III by Bencini, with the difference that the Minolta lies flat while the Bencini stands vertical.

But being probably the strangest 110 SLR in the market was not enough, this 110 SLR is also one of the technically most sophisticated ones.
It has a fixed  25-50mm zoom Rokkor-Macro lens which equals a 50-100mm on 24x36, max. aperture is f4,5. It has 10 lenses in 10 groups plus a swing-in close up element which allows focusing at about 20 cm in macro mode.
The metal blade shutter has electronically controlled stepless exposure times from 10 - 1/1000 sec, a mechanical "X" (flash sync) of 1/150th, plus "B" setting. The Minolta Electroflash 25 is the recommended flash for this camera.
Light is measured by a CDS cell powered by two S76 batteries which can be replaced by two LR44 batteries.
Exposure compensation of +/-2 LV allows advanced use and also using film speeds other than ISO 100 and 400 which are detected automatically. In 1979 this camera was replaced by the 110 Zoom SLR Mk II which showed a much more conventional look.

Minolta 110 SLR