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).
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.
I have a load of expired Kodakchrome 200 and I ran some of that through it to see what results I got.
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.
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.
|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|
Very impressed with the images from what was essentially a junk camera that would probably be hard to sell with it’s visible condition.