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