SRT 101 from Minolta

10 facts about the Minolta SRT 101 and Fomapan Images

If you rather listen to the facts, here you are:


  1. Minolta’s SR line began back with the SR-2 in 1958. Introduced in 1966, the Minolta SR-T 101 The SR-T 101 remained in production with only minor changes until 1975.
  2. The range of Rokkors is extensive, Rokkor are highly regarded. F  ish-eye lenses to 1600mm mirror lenses, 600mm refractive lenses, Macros, Variable soft focus lenses,
  3. The layout seems to have been inspired by the Leica M3
  4. Film speeds from 6 ASA to 6400 ASA
  5. Horizontal cloth focal plane shutter, 1 ~ 1/1,000 and Bulb.
  6. The camera feature mirror lockup. Which you need to use if using 21 mm lens
  7. The meter system is Minolta’s own CLC system – Contrast Light Compensation. With today’s digital camera, it is possible to evaluate every pixel, but it all began with CLC in 1966. It tends expose for shadows rather than highlights. This prevents blow outs from bright sources, such as the sun or street lights
  8. The meter switch is in an unusual position at on the bottom of the camera. You can tend to forget to switch it off!
  9. Minolta added the “T” for the new TTL meter of the SRT cameras. That’s why the T is so big on the front of the camera. According to Ken Rockwell.
  10. Works without battery, The SRT101 is a completely mechanical camera. The battery is only for the meter.


Source & Resources

Bob Janes has done a good review about the SRT101 on Hemish’s website.

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