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Its arrived!

Discussion in 'Sony Chat' started by TimF, Sep 2, 2003.

  1. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    Yes, my introduction to the world of Minolta came in today's post. /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif

    First impressions are entirely favourable. The screen seems very bright compared to Nikon ones of similar vintage. The inside is nice and clean with good foams, and the one second speed seems accurate using the "one-thousand-one" method of testing!

    I'm so happy that a return visit was made to Ffordes, and came away with a 45/2 MD, 50/1.4 MC and a real Minolta 24/2.8 MD (sorry Clive!) /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif

    Tim BSRIPN
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  2. Clive

    Clive Well-Known Member

    Good on you, Tim. We have this gorgeous girl postie at present - but she's always late - I think she does somewhere else before our village.

    Well, the SRT101 has certainly inspired you, Tim. I hope my 100X is just as exciting. So what's your Minolta lens line-up now, Tim?
     
  3. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    Certainly has. Todays little lot included the 55/1.7 MC and 135/3.5 MC (earlier vintages with scalloped barrels). Mr Ivor says the 135/2.8 is better, so if one appears at the right price I may swap, but we'll see how this one does first - and after all, it was bought for the challenge. /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif


    Tim BSRIPN
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  4. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    "We have this gorgeous girl postie at present - but she's always late"......................well if you left the drawbridge down at Castle Fangula then she wouldn't have to swim across the moat and your letters wouldn't be all soggy when they were delivered! /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif

    Big(The poor girl...............she is in mortal danger from <font color=red>Fangleica<font color=black>)Will

    <font color=blue>I'm sailing like a driftwood on a windy bay!<font color=black>
     
  5. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Minoltas were famed for their superior screens ISTR.
    I'm doing a Jo, and off to Cash Convertors later - although there are a few possibilities on eBay, just I want something a bit different. Although the SRT route still looks pretty good...

    Nick BSRIPN
     
  6. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    .............don't you dare buy another Minolta! There's already a world wide shortage of MF Minoltas thanks to Huw's challenge! /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif

    BigWill

    &lt;font color=blue&gt;I'm sailing like a driftwood on a windy bay!&lt;font color=black&gt;
     
  7. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Yes, I know. To be honest, I'm tempted by something obscure in M42 at the moment, but we'll see....

    Nick BSRIPN
     
  8. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

  9. Clive

    Clive Well-Known Member

    So has mine!

    And it's nice - 1/1000th second which I didn't expect. Lovely clear viewfinder and a Varta V635U in it - don't know if this is the real McCoy or not.

    With it a 50/1.7 MC, 28/3.5 MC, a 2x Tele-converter for the portrait, and a reversing ring which fits the 50 for macro. Plus case and strap, and a tripod which was "thrown in" with the bundle (I asked Steve Byford if he had a really old/cheap tripod and it was sent foc. So £141 spent - £9 left!. Then from Westcliff ( but not part of the challenge #1) the Sigma 24/2.8 - which also gives a sort of macro.

    Got to sort out metering - stop down or not?

    Clive
     
  10. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

  11. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    Re: For Fangey and Tim..........

    Ummmmm, nice! thanks Will. /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif There's plenty of stuff about the bodies - nothing about the glass sadly though.

    Tim BSRIPN
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  12. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    Re: So has mine!

    Good on you Clive (not forgetting Steve Byford's excellent service!) Mine has a no-name battery in it!

    Tim BSRIPN
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  13. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Re: Nick the obscure

    Oddly enough, I'm considering a couple - an FS-1 and some Autoreflex or other.
    What I REALLY want is a Rollei SLR, but I'll be lucky - I can get the camera and one lens, it's a second that might cause me some trouble. I reckon I'll settle for a Mamiya, Yashica, Fujica or with a lot of luck, a Spotmatic. Failing that, it's Praktica time - or a Minolta. I would've gone straight for an SRT, but everyone else did!

    Nick BSRIPN
     
  14. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Re: So has mine!

    the Sigma 24/2.8 - which also gives a sort of macro.

    Interesting - because the Llama Lens is here (with that lovely, but sadly battery-less and therefore locked solid XE-1) and I was surprised to see that it focuses down to 0.17m and has a reproduction ratio scale on it. I guess it's nothing more than an extra long focussing mount, rather than actually a different optical construction corrected for close distances, but anyway, well stopped down it might produce some interesting compositions.

    Oh yes, and no signs of fog. Or llamas - yet! :)

    Huw Evans.

    www.huwevans.freeuk.com
     
  15. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Re: For Fangey and Tim..........

    Tim, have a look at this one for a few glass hints. Not very comprehensive, but some useful pointers in the common focal lengths, and particularly useful are the explanations of the different designations - non MC, MC, early/late MD, etc.

    Huw Evans.

    www.huwevans.freeuk.com
     
  16. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    Re: For Fangey and Tim..........

    Thanks Huw - he likes the 24mm I grabbed earlier too! /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif

    Tim BSRIPN
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  17. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    Re: Its arrived! / meter problem

    A little earlier I did a meter comparison, just to check all is well. The cameras involved were the Minolta SRT101, Canon EOS-1V, Canon FTbN, Canon F-1N, Nikkormat FTn, Contax 139, Olympus OM2, Leica MP & Leica R6.2. All were set to ISO 100 and a 50mm lens was mounted (apart from the 1V as I don't have one, instead a 28-70mm/2.8 set to 50mm was used)

    The cameras were then aimed at the same point, which on the first tested (the F-1N) gave a reading of 1/125th at f/4. All gave pretty much the same results - the variation was no more than 1/2 stop, which is acceptable to me, given that the cameras were hand held and the exact same spot could not be guaranteed in every case. All that is, except the SRT101 which gave a reading of 1/125th at f/1.7!

    This has got me worried obviously. Do I return the camera immediately, or put a test roll through first just to make sure? As noted before, the battery in the camera is unidentifiable. It looks like a mercury cell (PX625), but apart from the &#43 on one side there are no markings. The page Will put up has some very useful info on this subject, including how to recalibrate the camera to use the still available silver oxide cells. So, first things first are there any 1.5v cells about that resemble PX625s in appearance? I'll email Steve at Ffordes to see what he has to say also.

    Tim BSRIPN
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  18. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Re: Its arrived! / meter problem

    Yes, most 625s currently available are alkaline, and are the same size and shape as the mercury version.
    Try the same test with a very different illlumination level - if the gap remains constant, you'll know it's the meter.

    Nick BSRIPN
     
  19. Canonball

    Canonball Well-Known Member

    Re: Its arrived! / meter problem

    The 1.35V mercury cells and the 1.5V alkalines look identical Tim. I'd expect the higher voltage to give an error of up to around 2 stops, but to under expose rather than over expose as in this case, so I suspect the battery may be about exhausted. I suggest you try swapping batteries between the Minolta and the FTb, and compare readings again.

    Geoff
     
  20. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Re: Its arrived! / meter problem

    D'oh! Geoff's right, of course - if you get the same result, then try my test. But pound to a penny it'll just be a tired battery.

    Nick BSRIPN
     

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