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Launched in 1985, this was the first camera sold with auto-focusing lenses. It also has built-in motorized film transport, advance and rewind. I had hoped to use the D-mount Minolta lenses I was given, but this uses Sony A-mount autofocus lenses. Bought a long zoom lens for $30 where I got the camera. Later I got a shorter zoom lens for around $20 off Ebay (I think). It works perfectly. I ruined the first test roll when the rechargable batteries crapped out while it was rewinding the film. When it stopped I opened the camera and spoiled half the pictures. Must make sure it winds the counter back to ZERO before opening it up. It rolls all the film out when you load it, and reels it back in with each shot to protect the exposed film. The pics below are all that survived of a 36 shot test roll. It uses 4 AAA batteries, alkalines seem to work OK. I like the feel of this camera, like I do all Minoltas. The interface is kinda primative, and the lenses don't focus as quickly or quietly as newer ones do. The focus motors are in the body, not the lens like my Canon EF stuff. I wish it used AA batteries instead of AAA. I think there's a replacement battery holder for this, and there are cabled batttery packs for extended use that I don't expect to find. I picked it up in a thrift shop for $22.04 incl tax.
5-2-23 Click on any pic to enlarge full screen in a new tab. Close tab to return. New pics are at the bottom.

Here are some test shots. Found a roll of color film. Usually I shoot black and white film.

3-11-23: Here's a few from the second test roll, taken with Arista EDU 400 (ASA). These were taken in December 2022, mostly to re-test the camera after the first roll failed to rewind completely. This rewound completely, and operated OK in cold weather.

3-13-24: This is the first camera being shot on rotation. The objective is to shoot each camera every year, in order of last shooting date. This one's been waiting the longest. This is supposed to show that the camera hasn't failed yet, and improvement in my developing skills, or lack therof. These are unretouched pictures taken with Kentmere 100 ASA film, developed in Caffenol-C (coffee) today. Most of these were taken in program mode, all using auto-focus. Three lenses were tested, a Minolta 28-100mm, a Sigma 28-105mm I thought might have focus problems, and a Sigma 75-300mm last. The flash used for the customary dark kitchen test was the Minolta 1800AF dedicated to this camera. The test pattern failed to resolve the gray shades from 11 o'clock to 5 o'clock through the center, even though there was plenty of light. Exposure was 180th at 4.5. On the other hand, this is the first time I've seen the wind turbines on the South ridge over Kennewick, at 300mm.

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