[ MINOLTA SPOTMETER F + CLE KIT + CABLE RELEASE ]
MINOLTA [ YES ]
LENSES: M-Rokkur 28/2.8, M-Rokkur 40/2, M-Rokkur 90/4
LIGHT METERS: Minolta Spotmeter F
OTHER: Cable Release II
Among its extensive range of products, Minolta gained particular acclaim for its line of 35mm SLR cameras, which found favor among professional and amateur photographers alike. These cameras were highly regarded for their dependable performance, superior optics, and user-friendly features. In 1985, Minolta introduced the Minolta Maxxum 7000, the world’s first integrated autofocus SLR camera, solidifying its reputation as an innovative industry leader.
Minolta’s offerings extend beyond cameras to encompass diverse lenses, including the renowned “Rokkor” lens series known for its exceptional optical quality. Additionally, the company manufactured optical equipment such as binoculars and photocopiers.
In 2003, Minolta merged with Konica Corporation, forming Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. The merger aimed to leverage the strengths of both companies in the imaging and optical sectors. Under this new entity, Konica Minolta continued producing cameras and imaging products, including digital cameras and multi-function printers.
However, the advent of digital photography and the subsequent decline of film-based cameras presented challenges for Konica Minolta in adapting to the changing market landscape. In 2006, the company withdrew from the camera business and sold its camera assets to Sony Corporation. Sony, carrying forward the Minolta legacy, incorporated Minolta’s autofocus technology into their line of digital cameras.
While Minolta is no longer active in the photography industry, its impact on camera technology and its reputation for manufacturing high-quality cameras and lenses remain enduring. Many photographers today continue to value and utilize Minolta cameras, lenses, and light meters. During the 1980s, Minolta light meters were considered the industry standard in commercial photography schools.
It is worth mentioning that Minolta’s influence extended beyond its own branded products. For instance, they played a role in enhancing the focusing capabilities of Hasselblad cameras by manufacturing the Acute-Matte Focusing Screen. Minolta’s presence in the photography industry was marked by a steadfast commitment to quality and innovation, exemplified by its highly regarded light meters and contributions to other camera systems.
[ MINOLTA CLE KIT (28, 40, 90) + GRIP ]
Removing a bottom plate to reload film would not have been acceptable during special event photography unless I had multiple cameras already loaded. And I did, I always shot Hasselblads with multiple magazines preloaded, and in my opinion, medium format film gives a superior quality negative over smaller 135 film.
I like rangefinder cameras for personal shooting and wanted a similar rangefinder to the M7, but without the film-loading hassle, and I found it in the Minolta CLE. Slide film is what I want to shoot with the CLE, but I currently have not spent much time shooting with the camera. The images currently posted below are black & white test images from the first time I shot with the camera, and it is a nice camera to handle. After I get out and shoot, I will post better images.
The only other Minolta gear I have experience with are various light meters. Currently, I have a Spotmeter F as a backup to my Pentax Digital Spotmeter. It is not difficult to use and is built well.
MINOLTA SPOTMETER F
[ MINOLTA SPOTMETER F ]
A similar model, the Minolta Spotmeter, does not have the flash reading option. I acquired mine as a backup to my Pentax Digital Spotmeter. The only problem is that it does not get used very often, and I decided to leave it in my Cambo Wide (my 6×12 pano camera) gear bag so it gets used more often. It is an excellent meter for averaging light, and comfortable in my smaller hands. Here is a video: Minolta Spot Meter F by Carl Bozza.
MINOLTA CABLE RELEASE II
[ MINOLTA CABLE RELEASE II ]