talkin bout camerasa blog by Branden Frederick

Minolta SRT101

Published 21 Jul 2018 – Updated 21 Jul 2018

Classic film SLR

This camera is called a Minolta SRT101. It is a true classic film SLR camera, being produced from 1966 to 1976, and epitomizing the style and operation of SLRs. The skilled photographer could master using this camera to shoot everything from wedding receptions to remote landscapes to senior portraits to family vacations, although I've mostly used it to shoot photos of dumpsters and driveways.

In operation, I personally find the camera uncomfortable to hold and difficult to precisely focus. The boxy shape of the camera does not suit itself well to my hands, and the focus screen is not bright or clear enough (maybe due to age) for tricky situations.

On the flip side, I've found that for a 50-year-old camera, the shutter and other mechanics have held up amazingly well. My model has no light leaks or shutter speed issues, and running film through this camera has always been a reliable experience.

This camera does have a built-in light meter, but it uses an obsolete battery type. The correct voltage can be fudged with modern batteries and some minor wizardry, but the light meter built into my brain has gotten good enough that I haven't tried figuring out the electronics here. (And also, I have another Minolta body with a working-ish light meter.)

Am I reviewing this camera? I don't know, sure, let's say I give it three stars. Actually, scratch that, I think I'm just rambling. Anyway, while I do like these old cameras, I don't have a particular love (or any strong emotion) about Minolta cameras, but what I do like are their lenses. And these cameras give me access to those, which is why I have these.

And now for some sample photos

TMax 400 Pro @ 45mm Neopan 400 @ 45mm Neopan 400 @ 45mm Neopan 400 @ 45mm Neopan 400 @ 45mm Kodak Gold @ 20mm Kodak Gold @ 20mm Delta 3200 @ 20mm Expired Sensia 100 @ 28mm

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".