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Minolta A
France Version française
Photos by JPG text by JPG. From the collection of JPG. Last update 2019-03-18 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1955 to 0.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 11538

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The "A" is the first Minolta 35mm fixed lens rangefinder camera. It follows the series of beautiful "35" with interchangeable lenses.
It seems to be made with a very good manufacturing quality, as the heavy "brass" mounting of the lens may suggest.

Its central shutter, located behind the lens block is very particular.
It is controlled by a gear system, from a speed selection knob located vertically on the cover, above the shutter.
The film-press is also curious: It consists of a spring loaded plate whose surface is studded with spikes

Technical characteristics :


  • 35 mm rangefinder, fully mechanical, for 24x36 mm format photos,
  • Small window of the rangefinder, separate from the viewfinder window,
  • Lens: CHIYOKO ROKKOR 1: 3,5 / 45 mm. Minimum focus distance: 2.7 feet,
  • Full frame viewfinder (45 mm). Gray-blue color. Rectangular rangefinder image, of good size, not colored,
  • Big cocking lever. Self-timer by lever on the right of the lens (arrow> M),
  • Mechanical frame counter under the body,
  • M & X flash sync, selection by cursor,
  • Shutter: OPTIPER MX CHIYODA KOGAKU OSAKA, for the early models, then CITIZEN MV, for the following ones,
  • Speeds of 1 second to 1 / 300th of a second + B.

The design of this camera is very particular. Without being, in my humble opinion, particularly elegant, it has the merit of being very original and not to resemble that of any other camera.
He is one of those objects with somewhat ungrateful shape ... somewhat timeless and to which one attaches, without really knowing why. 
In 1955, it was worth 14,800 Yen.


Minolta A

Minolta A

Minolta A