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Minolta SR-7 (type a) favori envoyer Print
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Manufactured in Japon from 1962 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 11512

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Minolta SR-7

Traduction de PB

In 1962 the competitors already produced an SLR camera with interchangeable lenses and a built-in meter. After the limited success of the Minolta ER, Minolta decided to launch the SR-7. It is the first Minolta SLR camera integrating a built in meter in the same shape than the previous camera (SR-3, SR-1...). The meter was a CDS coupled to the shutter speed to ease exposure adjustment. One more time, Minolta was at the top of the technology to innovate
The meter readout was on the top of the camera. A switch on the rear of the camera was used in low light conditions to expose the full sensor.  Except for the meter and mirror lock-up, the SR-7 had the same features as the SR-3

There were 2 different styles differentiated by their shape and the speed selector.

Main features

  • Focal plane shutter with speeds from 1-1/1000, B
  • Built-in CdS exposure meter coupled with shutter speed and film speed
  • Speeds from 6 to 6400 ASA
  • Reflex mirror with quick return system
  • Mirror Lock-up
  • Flash synchronisation (X and FP)
  • Fine micro prism focusing with fresnel lens
  • Automatic reset film counter
  • Self timer
  • MC Bayon