Minolta

The Sweetest Taboo – The Unlikely Story of Leitz Minolta

2800 1575 Josh Solomon

The 1970s were a great time for camera geeks. The decade brought us the apex of professional mechanical 35mm SLRs in the Nikon F2, and the beginning of the amateur 35mm SLR segment as we…

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Leica CL Review – the Smallest M-Mount Rangefinder Defies Comparison

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The great thing about the Leica CL, when new, was that it shed the trappings of the brand whose name it wore. It wasn’t trying to be a Leica M. It was its own thing,…

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Minolta XD 35mm Film Camera Review

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I started shooting film with Minolta’s SRT-101, a historical camera that decades after its creation remains an outstanding machine capable of withstanding severe conditions. My personal SRT had clearly seen a lot of these —…

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The Essentials – A Guide to the Best of Minolta’s Camera Systems

2400 1350 Jeb Inge

If you’ve chosen Minolta, welcome to The Cause. You’ve done some research and learned about the company that pioneered many of photography’s most important innovations. Autofocus, shutter-priority, in-body image stabilization, the list of now-common features…

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These are the Best Beach Cameras Just in Time for Summer

2400 1350 James Tocchio

Summer (for those of us in the northern hemisphere) is almost here, and while the sun, the sand, and the sea can be glorious for our bodies and minds they can be murder on delicate…

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Minoltina P Camera Review – A Mostly Forgotten Full Frame Compact from Minolta

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Editorial discretion at Casual Photophile dictates that we don’t write about every camera ever made, and the cameras that we do write about don’t necessarily need to be “the best.” Our only requirement of the…

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Minolta X-570 and the Maxxum 7000 – The End (and Beginning) of an Era

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Minolta’s story is almost Shakespearean; filled with both beauty and tragedy. The company was one of the most innovative and groundbreaking in the photo industry. They consistently invented new technologies and implemented breakthrough features years…

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The Minolta a7 (Maxxum 7, Dynax 7) is the Perfect Film SLR for Shooters Who Want it All

2200 1238 James Tocchio

For most people, IDDQD means nothing, but for me and many other kids back in 1994, this odd string of letters represented safety, courage, a salve for a tortured mind and soul. See, Doom was…

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Polaroid Spectra Pro / Minolta Instant Pro – The Most Creative Polaroid Cameras Around

2000 1125 James Tocchio

In 1990, Minolta and Polaroid both released an improved version of the Spectra camera called the Instant Pro and Spectra Pro, respectively. These cameras were essentially the same as one another (though the licensed-from-Polaroid Minolta…

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Minolta MD Rokkor X 45mm F/2 Lens Review

2000 1125 Jeb Inge

I have a chambray button-down shirt that everyone seems to love. There’s nothing special about it and I bought it at the Bass outlet for less than $10. But every time I wear it out…

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Minolta AF Macro 100mm F/2.8 A Mount Lens Review – Spoiler : It’s Perfect

2000 1125 James Tocchio

Photography is a fluid craft. The light, our subjects, and even our interests are always in flux. So it helps when our gear can keep up. And it’s this uncommon versatility (combined with amazing image…

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Minolta Hi-matic 7sII – 35mm Film Rangefinder Camera Review

2000 1125 Dustin Vaughn-Luma

Beginning in the late 1970s, camera manufacturers began to turn away from fun and discrete rangefinders to bulky, and often boring, SLRs. But before totally abandoning the once-popular rangefinder, each of the major Japanese makers seemed…

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Desert Island Cameras No. 03 – Minolta Edition

2000 1125 James Tocchio

We’re back with another installment of Desert Island Cameras, the recurring article in which we answer the question, “If you could only have one, which would it be?” That’s right – in a quest to…

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Minolta XK – Camera Review

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It was after climbing 2,000 feet above sea level, with several hundred more to hike, that I decided to hate Minolta’s XK. I stood hunched and panting over a tangle of evergreen roots attempting to…

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