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Minolta A5...A superb sleeper!

Andy Collins , Dec 30, 2008; 08:42 p.m.

Here is another in Minolta's long line of outstanding rangefinder cameras. This is basically the same camera as the much-loved AL except that it has no light meter. The camera came with either a 4-element f/2.8 lens or a 6-element f/2 lens, and it had a top shutter speed of either 1/500s or 1/1000s. I've never seen the f/2 version of this camera and I think I may have read somewhere that that version was sold outside of the US. At any rate, the one pictured here has an f/2.8 4-element lens but a top speed of 1/1000s. If you've used the AL then you know exactly what this camera is like to handle. In a word, superb! The shutter release is buttery smooth and the viewfinder is big and bright. The camera has a very solid, hefty feel to it which in my mind translates to a feeling of quality. These cameras, along with the AL variants, were the last before the Hi-Matics were introduced, and they feel somewhat similar in operation although the A5 has a much more mechanical feeling to me. In some ways this is more reassuring because I know that there's no battery to worry about.

I took the A5 in my bag for awhile and tried to capture an assortment of shots, or as many as our ridiculous midwestern weather will allow, and I was very pleased witht he results. This camera is a pure joy to use. I was fortunate to acquire one in excellent condition complete with the original box and instructions, also in excellent condition. For you Minoltans, this is certainly one to get. For that matter anyone who likes a very high quality RF, you should seriously consider this one.

Minolta A5


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Andy Collins , Dec 30, 2008; 08:44 p.m.

Shot #1

Andy Collins , Dec 30, 2008; 08:46 p.m.

Shot #1.1

Wintry roads...on the way to work.

Andy Collins , Dec 30, 2008; 08:47 p.m.

Shot #2

What can happen on these wintry roads...

Andy Collins , Dec 30, 2008; 08:48 p.m.

Shot #3

The barn hidden behind the trees

Andy Collins , Dec 30, 2008; 08:50 p.m.

Shot #4

The neighbors down the road

Andy Collins , Dec 30, 2008; 08:51 p.m.

Shot #5

Andy Collins , Dec 30, 2008; 08:56 p.m.

Shot #5.1

A, um, snowplow?

Andy Collins , Dec 30, 2008; 08:58 p.m.

Shot #6

The snowy pond...a different perspective,slightly

Andy Collins , Dec 30, 2008; 08:59 p.m.

Shot #7

Winter wasteland

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