Found one of these in my local charity shop. It looked in good order, nice & clean in a Minolta case with a spare battery. At £5 it was worth a gamble.
When I tried it, both batteries were exhausted, so I put a spare 2CR5 in and things started whirring inside.
It seems to work but the LCD panel on the back is dead, so not much point in putting a film through it.
I think that it should take good images, because Minolta were good with lenses and the 35-105 f4 - f6.7 range is not too extreme. Also it is a good shape to hold. Shame, but I will keep it as an example of different 35mm camera design. (Any one got a white one???)
I have read that the zoom operation has a mind of its own and will choose the scene that it thinks the human should be taking! Scary.....
Post by yashica1943 on Jan 19, 2020 10:22:37 GMT -5
Photo of my three 'futuristic' 35mm cameras together. Canon Epoca, Olympus IS 3000 & the Minolta Riva Zoom 105i. The first two seem to work OK.
I have just ordered a Ricoh Mirai with 35-135 zoom to go with them!
From a charity shop.
Edit. The Ricoh Mirai arrived today, perfect cosmetic condition. I inserted 4 x AAA batteries, everything seems to work, it also has its remote control, how rare is that? What a strange but wonderful device!
I also received separately the Mirai instruction manual, only fair condition, but I am happy with that.