I got this a long time ago in a job lot of cameras I picked up so it cost me virtually nothing.  It had seen better days as it was quite dirty and the filter mount is bent from a drop (I presume).

It’s been sat in a box for months and I finally got it out and gave it a cleanup.

It’s a solidly built thing that has had some use and I suspect it will keep working for a long time yet.  Everything works on it from what I can tell although I didn’t really try the self timer (who does).

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According to camera-wiki.org  this is a second or third generation from about 1970.  These were sold in large numbers and a very popular enthusiasts camera or perhaps SLR entry level, nothing very special but a good simple workhorse of a camera.

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I have a load of expired Kodakchrome 200 and I ran some of that through it to see what results I got.

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It’s a nice camera to use and if I was looking for a solid SLR I would probably keep it; everything was where I expected it to be and it felt comfortable to use.  The exposure meter seems accurate from results I got.  Despite the dent the lens worked perfectly; I did toy with trying to straighten it out but in the end decided against it.

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I have a friend whose 12 year old son is showing some interest in photography and I have decided to give him this as something to learn with.  He borrowed a little zone focus Voigtländer from me recently on a trip and enjoyed it so figured this was the next step up.  Hopefully this will get him away from a screen and outside a little bit more.

Make Model Film/format Year Lens Shutter Aperture
Minolta SRT 101 35mm SLR c1970 55mm 1:1.7 B, 1, ½, ¼, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500 and 1/1000 F1.7-16

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Very impressed with the images from what was essentially a junk camera that would probably be hard to sell with it’s visible condition.

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