Minolta Dual35 Weathermatic

I LOVE this camera, LOVE it..apart from one thing, which I will mention later. Firstly it is bright yellow. Look at it, just look!

This is another heavy duty camera, like the Fuji HD-M I previously wrote about – weatherproof, waterproof, indestructible.  I prefer this one over the former as this one is not zone focused. It has automatic focusing above water and fixed focus below. This one worked perfectly even though it was produced in 1987, 30 years ago and not a scratch, not an issue. The seals were perfect, well actually it has a rubber ring around the edge not the traditional seals. The dual in the name refers to the button on the top which switches the zoom from 35mm to 50mm. There is also a button to allow macro photography underwater, it is waterproof to 5m. I haven’t tested this feature, but apparently it floats too. The only other button is the one for on/off. AND that brings me to the only thing I do not like, the flash is totally automatic, you have no control over it at all. I understand why though, in order to make this camera robust and waterproof it needs as few buttons as possible. On the other hand it takes either one 6V battery or four AAA batteries, how convenient is that? It certainly makes up for the one feature I don’t care for.

I think this might be a perfect holiday camera. For my first roll I used it in Japan and when I arrived back in the UK. It is also a perfect cycling camera as it is not affected by sweat 🙂

You can see in the Japan photos two shots where I pressed the lens select button. These shots show exactly what the dual button does.

Of course the Airbus A380 denotes the change in continents. The film made it through the x-rays as I put the camera in my hand luggage. I did put some spare film in my checked baggage, I will be interested to see that when it is developed. This website by kodak explains the difference in the x-ray processes for checked and hand baggage. I wish I had read it first. Now I will treat the film as an interesting experiment.

Here is another great review of the dual35. What a super camera.

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