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B. Minolta , Autocord 1950's

Discussion in 'User Reviews' started by PeteE, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    Another 'Gift' -- A MINOLTA AUTOCORD , must be from the 1950's. I could not find this exact Model in research as there were about 17 models with different shutters and lenses . THIS one has the earlier OPTIPER -MXS with top speed of 1/400th , 'X' and 'M' flash synch, Delayed action lever, 75mm f3.2 View-Rokkor top lens and 75mm f3.5 Chiyoko Rokkor taking lens.It has the 'Autocord type' Focus lever, viewfinder Magnifier,'Sports' Viewfinder and a flash accessory shoe on the side (which would not fit a flash I tried) It takes 'Bayonet 1 Rollei' lens hood !
    This Camera is now 'very happy' -- i cleaned all the lenses back and front, taking off the viewing hood 4 screws and the reflex mirror was filthy and all dirt inside the viewing box has been removed -- a small amount of 'Neatsfoot Oil' on the black leather cover and the brown case-- the stitches have all gone rotten though.
    [​IMG]Minolta Autocord by Peter Elgar, on Flickr
    Full Aperture Test under dull light.
    [​IMG]Minolta Autocord FULL APERTURE Test by Peter Elgar, on Flickr
    Definition Test stopped down to f14 as light was bright for 250ASA Rated Ilford XP2400 Super used
    [​IMG]Minolta Autocord definition test by Peter Elgar, on Flickr
    COLOUR Test on Fuji Superia 100 at f6.3
    [​IMG]1955 Minolta Autocord Colour Tests by Peter Elgar, on Flickr
    I had LIGHT Leaks on the colour film - I had a look and the light seals were black 'Twine' -- that dreadful Japanese FOAM had not been invented in the early 1950's so I replaced it with black hard foam strips.
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  2. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Very nice indeed! I'm not sure if this brochure is the exact model but it's close.
  3. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    I have a friend who usually replaces rotten foam seals with hard felt (as used by Exacta?), which he reckons is longer lasting and doesn't go all crumbly as it ages.
    Have you tried that at all?
  4. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    Excellent lens as usual. However they were named, they were all the same lens.
    I had one of the last ones with out exposure meter, i used it in preference to my rolleiflexes for weddings.
    Though you had to remember to feed the film in the reverse direction in the enlarger when printing.

    It never had the 2nd exposure buckle you could get with a Rollie, as the bend came after the exposed frame, not the middle of the next one.
    The lens was sharper than even the Rollie Tessar... and on par with the 2.8 Planar. I loved the quick lever focussing.
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  5. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    I think we need to find whoever keeps giving Pete cameras and get them to give me a few!

    (mond you, I did get given a Leica...)
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  6. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera In the Stop Bath

    I have fond memories of the Minolta Autocord...here's a snap of mine I had in 1975 (yes that is me) I think I paid £25 for it, its slightly different to yours though it has no emblem on the flick up view box, you could push that through and use it as a sports finder, it also had a slide button on the side for taking a double exposure, things were easier in those days.....
    Me and the Autocord 1975.jpg
  7. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    That is a later model than @PeteE It looks like it has the special minolta qr releases 0n the straps.
  8. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera In the Stop Bath

    Yes I vaguely remember the quick release on each end of the neck strap, the strap was in new condition probably because the camera was used mainly on a tripod, what I did like about this camera was a lot of the Rollie bits and bobs fitted on this particular lens.....
  9. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    Ther were all rollie no1 fit, as were the Yashica range and many other 2 1/4 cameras of the time. There were also third party fit manufactirers like Aico.
  10. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    Thanks all for your interest -- mine has the 'Optiper MXS 1-400th' shutter and as there was NO strap I found one in a drawer and put some Neatsfoot oil on it as it was leather and dry and had my original Rollei 2.8F Planar strap from 1960 BREAK. I had a local Saddlery fit a new strap with the original clips for I think £7-00 I get a LOT of my 'Gift' Cameras by being a 'CLUB' member. People get to know you OR people ring up the Club Secretary saying " I have some old cameras to go to a good home if anyone wants them"
    I did a VIDEO on this Autocord -- you c an see it here :
  11. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    The camera that I have been looking for ages for the first Agfa Solinette. it was very like the sillette and a non folder. I have seen it in books but never in real life or for sale. I have various versions of the Solinette ll and the super Solinette, with apotar and solinar lenses but again none with the Soligon lens. which some say never was fitted. but I have seen an illustration of one.
    I would like to find the version of @IvorCamera Minolta Autocord again as it is a fine camera.
  12. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera In the Stop Bath

    Nice one Pete, enjoyed the video, very interesting but you are so lucky that it is still working normally the shutter gets all gunged up and sticks over the years.....with practice you can focus with the one hand.
  13. John King

    John King Well-Known Member

    I have one I bought about 6 months ago It was still in the original box with instructions, the strap (yes the one with the funny clip) is also there. It literally is in 'as new' condition. The only thing wrong is the lens cap is missing - anyone got one I could buy? The shutter speeds seem accurate enough for B&W, I have yet to try it with C41 colour. My last med format was a Bronica ETRSi and by current standards the lens is out of the top drawer - faultless better than the Bronica. It will have to go for a service though because the focussing lever is stiff to operate and I know they do break off if forced. Apart from that it is top notch.
  14. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    I would get the grease replaced in the focus helix as soon as you can
    as it as bad as the agfa version and sets like toffee.
    Most repairers will not attempt to repair the lever if it breaks, it is a base metal casting and can not be welded.
  15. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I've owned and used quite a few TLRs including the TeleRollei but never the Autocord. Pity really as it's a camera I've always liked the look of.
  16. ascu75

    ascu75 Well-Known Member

    I rather fancied an Autocord when I started a project a few years back, I had to settle for a Yashica Matt due to costs. Don. The one I really wanted was the MPP Microcord just looked on eBay and I still can’t afford one:eek:
  17. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    I remember when 'DIXONS' bought up all the remaining stock of MPP Microcords after MPP went Broke and were selling them for £27 NEW ! I did not get one as I had bought a Zeiss Ikoflex in Germany for £15 equivalent when I was there in the British Army -- wish I had got a Microcord though as the lens was better .
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  18. ascu75

    ascu75 Well-Known Member

    Cheers Pete that’s improved my day no end o_O but I can remember when £15 was three weeks wages :eek:Don
  19. John King

    John King Well-Known Member

    I picked up a mint/boxed Autocord complete with an unmarked case last year. It even had the almost unobtainable very odd strap. It came complete with the original sales receipt from 1963 and handbook. Sadly I have not used it a huge amount The opportunity has just not presented itself. It does need a service to ease off the very still focussing lever, I only too well what can happen if it bends out of shape. The only thing missing is the lens cap and they are even more rare than the strap
    The lenses are perfect with no fungus or haze it does not need the full 'Monty' as they say.

    The B&W films I have used show the quality of the lens is just superb. I don't know if I am unique but I do find it quite awkward to reload with a new film - perhaps it is just lack of use by me.
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  20. Dick M

    Dick M Member

    I am on the brink of dipping into the murky waters of film TLR cameras! I recently paid an extortionate price for a Rolleiflex T in pristine cosmetic condition, but the shutter was not functioning properly. As the seller would not pay for it to be serviced (having said it was in full working condition), I returned it for a full refund. I have since done a lot of online research and ,whilst getting a clearer idea of what is around and what to look for, the final choice is becoming harder!

    This is what I have discovered to date:
    The Rolleiflexes are becoming stupidly priced based upon their iconic status and increasing rarity. The "T" model is its achilles heel so I won't be going there again.
    Zeiss Icon Ikoflex could be a good alternative, but film loading might drive one to despair.
    Minolta Autocord could be the perfect choice but I have seen several instances of the focus knob shearing off. Design fault?
    Yashicamat in various guises could be an option but they are creeping up in price to the point of not being a very attractive proposition.
    Mamiya C330 have been reported as not being very well made and in their heyday were used by professionals so likely to be well used. Not well made but used by pros? Hmm..
    MPP Microflex/Microcord is a new name to me. Made in England! I must investigate further.

    Any comments/advice from seasoned users would be welcome.

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