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Minolta Semi Minolta II (type b) favori envoyer Print
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Manufactured in Japon from Circa 1940 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Minolta Semi Minolta II

Traduction de Manuel M

It is difficult to find itself there in the jungle of Semi Minolta’s. The first Semi Minolta II are often confused with I, and an evolution quasi-constant in progress of manufacture makes cohabit under the same name of the visually different cameras.

We have here an intermediate model, which one can date around 1940. The body of the camera is now out of cast aluminium, and there is no more handle on the top.
However, the scissors still present a protuberance to their articulation, struck interlaced acronym “TS”, and the coating is out of leather. The metal parts are nickeled.

This intermediate version was proposed with a shutter Crown B, but the lens could be open to 3.5 or 4.5.

The setting up of Semi Minolta is entirely automatic: a small button, placed beside the accessory shoe, releases the flap at the same time as the viewfinder. The bellows spout out and the lens is locked in position. It any more but does not remain to be ensured than one moved forward the film well, to center and start. But attention! The Crown shutter is of type “without cocking”: with the least pressure on the shutter release, a photograph is taken. It will be necessary to await Semi Minolta IIIa to have a security against the double-exposures.

Curiously, but it is not a case isolated at Minolta, the shutter release is on the left… compactness undoubtedly imposes some constraints, and the hood of the Semi II leaves little free surface!

The serial number is 51075.
 

Minolta Semi Minolta II