Dave Brewin , Oct 21, 2006; 10:47 a.m.
I am selling my vintage Minolta Autocord L twin-lens reflex camera, in absolutely perfect condition. Camera Description Minolta produced twin-lens reflex cameras beginning in the mid-1950's. All were medium format cameras using size 120 film, and produced a 6 cm square image. The Minolta Autocord L has been called a "knockoff" of the German Rolleicord, and has often been considered the very best twin-lens reflex camera produced in competition with the Rolleicord. Model features changed over the years and each model received a different designation. This is one of the earliest models and has a serial number of 165829. The viewing lens is a Rokkor f 3.2 - 75 mm with 4 elements and the taking lens is a Rokkor 3.5 -75mm, each having superb sharpness and resolving power. The shutter is a Seikosha-MX. Shutter speeds are B to 1/250 sec. Diaphragm settings are 3.5 - 22. Flash synchronization is M-F-X. This camera has a working and accurate seleminum cell meter built in that flips up from under the nameplate. Film is advanced with a rapid wind film crank with double exposure capability.
The camera is in superb condition. There are no scratches, fog, haze, or problems of any kind with either lens. I shot a roll of film about 1 month ago and tested every shutter speed and diaphragm setting; all were in perfect shape and the pictures produced were outstanding in resolution, sharpness and color. All moving parts of the camera are in full perfect working order.
Cosmetically there are no dents or dings anywhere. There is a couple of brassing marks on the corner of the back and a small crack in the leatherette below the light value meter. There are a few tiny dust particles on the Fresnel focusing screen on the top of the camera. None of these things affect the quality of the photographs in any way.
The original leather case is included. The case has some minor scuffing but the stitching is in beautiful shape. There are no breaks or cracks in the leather at all.
The original Instruction Manual is also included and is in excellent condition
(Minolta Autocord and Case -- 569 x 913 photo)