Post by yashica1943 on Jul 17, 2015 7:45:10 GMT -5
I think that I might be going mad! I have had this little camera on my mind since it first came out. I just liked the look of it.
Since the prices dropped to pocket money level, the main thing that put me off buying one was the lack of new film production and the doubt about getting the film processed. Having made some research, I find that in the 'Lomo' catalogue, films are available and that there is at least one processor, so I found a clean example on ebay and it is on its way. Not that cheap, but I get the impression that prices of the better 110 cameras might be holding steady and could be on the up slightly!
In any case I am looking forward to seeing the look on my fellow camera club members faces when I start using it.
Not my cup of tea to be honest, but I'd love to see the faces of the club members. You couldn't buy that experience! I have only one 110 camera in my collection, its a Kodak S30, bought new in about 1974
Post by yashica1943 on Jul 18, 2015 10:19:02 GMT -5
I once had a disc camera, might have been a Kodak, in about 1986 I strapped it onto the side of a model aeroplane and took some aerial photos. The quality was not good. I am expecting reasonable small prints from the Minolta, the reviews are quite good.
OOps! I have just, in the last 10 minutes bought another one. I put a low bid on ebay before I bought the first Minolta, thinking that somebody else was bound to pay more, but they didn't so I am now waiting for two in the post. Probably a result of the hot weather, everyone is out.
Post by yashica1943 on Jul 25, 2015 5:03:11 GMT -5
The second one has arrived. The good points, it is clean, it has a lenshood which the first one didn't have, the battery cover is better than the first one. The bad point, there is a big problem with the main switch, the shutter opens on 'A' and only closes when I fiddle with the switch. Setting the switch to 'X' the flash setting produces a reliable shutter of an estimated 1/50 approx, so the camera might be useable, ok for £6.50p - but I don't need it as a user anyway as the first one is perfect. Not that it is going to be used seriously anyway.
Phil there are plenty of Mk 1's around , I could have bought one but I liked the shape and texture of the 2.
Post by yashica1943 on Jul 25, 2015 14:57:23 GMT -5
I have just measured it, it is almost exactly 4 inches across the back and 3 inches high. I would say that the control knobs are, from memory the same as on the XG. It has a dioptre adjustment for the viewfinder and a blind for the same..
Post by yashica1943 on Aug 7, 2015 11:16:10 GMT -5
This is a bit odd. The second Minolta 110 zoom arrived about five days later than it should, I asked the seller why it had been delayed and he said that as the sale had made so little money he had to economise on the postage, I reminded him that it was an auction and that he had stated first class post on his ebay listing! I also pointed out that the camera was faulty and in fairness I would rather leave no feedback than negative. Today I found that he had repaid the £6.50 p into my PayPal account, no notification, no email about it at all. So the camera cost me nothing.
I think he's not happy, but has done the right thing. I have been under similar circumstances as a seller. I sold a new, sealed monopoly game (star wars) upon packing it I noticed there was a dent in the bottom of the box. I sent it anyway (hoping perhaps he'd not bother)and when the customer complained the box was damaged and wanted to return it, I told him not to bother and gave him a full refund and told him to keep it. Cheaper than refunding, paying return postage, re-listing it cheaper and posting again. you just got to cut your losses sometimes. He gave me a good feedback. I'd do the same in this instance. perhaps on the lines of:
An honest seller, item faulty, gave full refund A+++
Post by yashica1943 on Jul 14, 2017 2:22:26 GMT -5
I still have this lovely little camera, I checked it out this morning and I am going to finish the Fuji film up (its on exposure No. 3) on Sunday at an appropriate event. Interested to see the results.