Minolta

The Magic of Slide Projectors and Why You Should Own One

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Gleeful giggling, happy screams, and the thunderous reverberations of a three-year-old girl hopping up and down on hardwood flooring. These were the sounds that rang through my house the first time my daughter saw a…

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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

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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

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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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Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm F/2 – Lens Review

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I shoot a lot of old cameras, archaic machines that in some cases recall a time when the United States was comprised of only forty-eight such distinct territories, and it’s not unusual to find a…

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Minolta M Rokkor 28mm F/2.8 – Lens Review

2200 1238 James Tocchio

The end of a tiresome week found me weary, disheartened, and worn out. It also found me stuffed into a small, German sedan with my wife, our one-year-old daughter, and enough bags, totes, and rucksacks…

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Why I Choose the Minolta CLE Over Any Leica M

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The best 35mm film cameras in the world are Leicas. This is a known fact, right? And the best of the best is surely the M series, yes? I mean, at this point in time the…

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Minolta MD W. Rokkor-X 24mm F/2.8 Ultra Wide Lens Review

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Every photo geek should have a wide-angle lens in their bag. With a dedicated wide-angle prime we’re able to make images that are simply impossible to make with any other lens. For me, there’s no better way…

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