Friday, August 8, 2014
Minolta SR-T 201
Every since I again took up film photography I had wanted to get my hands on a classic 1970's Minolta. The easy way would have been to look on Ebay, however I figured I would go local for this one. I remember back in the 1970's that Minolta was a common brand of SLR in this area. I think I saw them almost as often as Pentax. So I didn't think it would be long until one showed up in a garage sale, thift shop, or etc.. While that line of thought turned out to work for Pentax it wasn't true for Minolta. A few years passed until recently I came across this nice Minolta 201 for $10 at a garage sale. My ideal choice would have been the classic SR-T 102, however after all this time I am happy with the SR-T 201.
The SR-T 201 was lower priced than the SR-T 102 and SR-T 202 and lacks some of their features. However it does have the two features that I most wanted. The first is CLC metering. With CLC Minolta used two cds cells to combine spot and center-weighted metering. The second is the MD 50mm f/1.7 lens which is one of the classic lenses from the 1970's. The great metering system and lens combined along with an economical price made the Minolta SR-T series one of the best-selling cameras during the 1970's.
In just a brief experience of the Minolta SR-T 201 I can say that the exposure system lives up to its reputation. Pretty much every image I took was spot-on as far as exposure. The lens also lived up to expectations. Overall a very good camera. If you go looking for a Minolta SR-T 201 look for the letters CLC on the front. There was a late version of the SR-T 201 that only one cds cell and these do not have the CLC marking.
Right now I am in the middle of switching to a new ISP and it isn't going so well. For some reason the connection is very slow and that doesn't make blogging much fun. Hopefully another call to support will get things working.