Iconic 110 Cameras: Minolta 110 Zoom SLR

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Who doesn't love to have unique film cameras in his or her analogue arsenal? Today's 110 camera recommendation certainly deserves a spot in every lomographer's collection (and camera bag) now that 110 films are slowly and surely inching their way back. We know you'll find the Minolta 110 Zoom SLR quirky and interesting, so read on to find out more!

Photo via Capt Kodak on Flickr

Brand: Minolta
Year: 1976
Why it’s “iconic”: Minolta’s curious-looking SLR camera in 110 format, best remembered for its unconventional design
Availability: Discontinued

As most 110 cameras released from the 1970s came in a slim, flattened shape that allowed them to easily fit in pockets, Minolta of Japan sought to make an SLR camera that followed more or less the same design. So, instead of making a miniaturized version of the usual SLR cameras, Minolta retained the flattened shape, equipped a larger lens, and topped everything with a prism hump with a hotshoe. Thus, the curious-looking Minolta 110 Zoom SLR was born.

Minolta’s first 110 SLR offering featured fully automatic aperture priority exposure, a light meter with a CdS meter (placed on the camera’s front), and an exposure compensation dial which allowed setting of other film speeds aside from ISO 100 and 400 (so photographers can compensate for various lighting conditions). The fixed lens was 25-50mm f/4.5-16 with manual focus zoom and macro focusing down to 11 inches. Shutter speeds were from 1/1000 second to 10 seconds.

In 1979, Minolta released 110 Zoom SLR Mark II, which was made to look like a conventional SLR camera. Many of these cameras were sold at the time, so if these 110 babies have caught your attention, go ahead and keep your eye out for them in vintage stores and camera shops near you!

Are you among the lucky ones who have tried out this mini analogue shooter? Why don’t you share with us a review, or check out the new Lomography Orca 110 B&W Film!

All information for this article were taken from Minolta 110 Zoom SLR on Wikipedia and Minolta 110 Zoom SLR on Camerapedia.

We’re bringing back the 110 format from the grave with Lomography Orca 110 B&W Film! Take your pocket cameras from the dusty shelves and celebrate because 110 is here again! Get it from the shop today!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2012-05-23 in #lifestyle

7 Comments

  1. floriansimon
    floriansimon ·

    This camera looks like a spaceship.

  2. renenob
    renenob ·

    @projectsnap, Star Wars Camera

  3. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    @projectsnap has this camera, @renenob!

  4. projectsnap
    projectsnap ·

    @plasticpopsicle @renenob hahaha need to score some orcas!

  5. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    bidding on one right now. wish me luck

  6. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    Best of luck, @110isnotdead! And if you do get it, shoot right away and share your snaps with us! :)

  7. johnnybowman1
    johnnybowman1 ·

    I just posted my first set taken with this camera

    bit.ly/17FkK2U

    I picked up the camera in a car boot sale for £3.50 (GPB) last year (I haggled the guy down from £5!). It's in great condition and works better than I expected. I used Tiger CN200 and Orca BW200 film and the prints and scans were developed at the Lomography Gallery Store in Soho, London.

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