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Minolta Vintage 35mm Cameras

Many people still enjoy the old school look of photos taken with 35mm cameras. Photographers can find a number of different film camera options including those made by Minolta. If you are considering obtaining a 35mm camera, then you may have some questions.

What type of 35mm film cameras did Minolta make?

The company made a variety of 35mm cameras including:

  • Rangefinder cameras: These cameras have a 39mm screw lens-mount and take a 50mm lens for photography.
  • Single lens reflex (SLR) 35mm camera: These cameras have a bayonet mount and instant return mirror while some offer through-the-lens metering.
  • Multimode 35mm compact SLR cameras: These cameras feature aperture and shutter priority settings in the same camera body.
  • Compact 35mm cameras: These cameras had small bodies with fixed lenses.
  • Automatic focus SLR cameras: These cameras feature autofocus with some having voice-chips to assist with focusing and flash.
What are some parts of a 35mm camera?

A 35mm camera has many parts including:

  • Lens: This allows light into the camera allowing the image to be captured on the film.
  • Viewfinder: A photographer looks through this part of the camera to take a photo.
  • Shutter release: This button is usually located on top of the camera and opens the shutter.
  • Shutter: This opaque piece located inside the camera's body opens and shuts to allowing light to hit the film.
  • Shutter speed control: This part controls how long the shutter remains open.
  • Aperture: This part of the camera determines how much light is allowed to enter the camera. Turning a ring on a ring on the lenses changes this on some cameras while others do it automatically.
  • Flash: Some cameras come with a built-in flash while others have a place to attach a removable flash.
  • Film compartment: This part is where the film is loaded and advances to the other side of the camera after being exposed to light.
  • F-stop control: This part controls the camera's aperture settings, and it can be either automatic or manual.
What types of film are available for 35mm cameras?

There may be many different types of 35mm film available including:

  • Black-and-white negative film: This film captures monochrome images.
  • Color negative film: This film captures true-to-life colors and contrasts.
  • Color transparency film: This film produces images that can be mounted onto slides for slide projectors.
  • LomoChrome Purple: This film captures images and gives them a purple hue.
  • Redscale: This reverse-roll film gives captured images a red hue.
  • Color Impulsion: This film captures images with a prominent grain structure while giving them a red hue.
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