Minolta 16 (model 1)
This camera has a number of misconception about it. It was a very common
camera and many people assume, for some unknown reason, that it was the only
16mm camera that Minolta made. Others assume that this was the first
16mm camera that Minolta made. Then others spread rumors that this camera
was officially used by the CIA, FBI, KGB, James Bond, Gordon Liddy, etc.
All of these are wrong. This camera appeared in 1957 and was
made until 1960 when it was replaced by the Minolta 16 (model II) It
has a 25mm lens with f-stops from f3.5 to f11. It also has three speeds
of 1/25, 1/50, and 1/200. No B setting. The shutter and aperture
dials are on the side of the camera. The basic camera was the Konan
16 II Automat. Once again Minolta bought the rights to a Konan camera
-- and modified it. This camera was the first model in the Minolta
line to allow the use of slip-on supplementary filters and lenses. The
camera was available in seven colors -- chrome, black, gold/yellow, blue,
red, purple/magenta and green. The point of focus for the three element lens
was fixed at 15 feet. At f5.6, everything from 7.5 feet to infinity
is in focus. The lens depth-of-field was
adequate and controllable with the aperture and auxiliary lens selection.
Filters are 14x14mm square and are not interchangeable with the filters
for the Minolta 16II: UV, 80A, Y48(Yellow), 81B. Auxiliary lenses
are: Closeup #1, #2. A bracket to hold an electronic flash and tripod socket
was available. The camera came with a leather case (with built-in slots
for two filters) and a wrist strap. The camera uses a push-pull design
to advance the film and protect the camera. Although you can no longer
buy the pre-loaded cassettes new, the cassettes are easy to reload yourself
and processing is available just about anywhere.
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