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Minolta film SLR camera eye-level finder design Part 2!



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In the previous article, we introduced the eye-level finder of Minolta’s SR-1 film SLR camera released in 1959, and in this article, we will look at the eye-level finder designs of film SLR cameras released in 1991, comparing each.

Minolta α3xi (Reference)

This is a film SLR camera with a plastic body.

Front. The manufacturer’s logo is a printed type.

Comparison with SR-1.
The shape is completely different because of the plastic molding.

This is a diagonal angle.

Comparison with SR-1. 

You can clearly see the difference between straight lines and curves.

View from the side. Top surface is almost level.

SR-1, but the angle toward the rear end is completely different.

Top surface.

The difference can be clearly seen from the top.

This is the back side. The view section also has a completely different shape.

Remove the accessory shoe cap at the top,

The terminal section comes out.

The α3xi has a built-in flash above the eye-level viewfinder.
It opens and closes by operation on the camera side.

In this issue, we compared old and new eye-level finders in the same Minolta. 

In the 1990s, SLR cameras were almost exclusively made of plastic camera bodies, which made it possible to use curved designs.

The difference in releases of about 30 years is due to the adoption of plastic bodies, which allowed for more freedom in design.

We will continue to introduce eye-level finder designs in the future.

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