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Minolta Dynax 40

 

The technical stuff:

Type: Single Lens Reflex

Lens: Minolta 28-100mm Zoom

Shutter: Focal Plane

 

 

This is a late model Dynax film SLR (circa 1999) the 30, 40,50 series was a big change from the previous models. The downside is that in reducing size and weight has made it feel quite flimsy and plastic, however, on the up side the handling is much easier due to the lighter body and for my small hands everything fits in the right place. I have used this Dynax more than any other film SLR apart from the Dynax500, which I have had for a few years now, and intend to use it more often as an alternative to digital. Recently I have been suffering from tendonitis in my right arm so the lighter weight is a boon and compared to my digi this is featherweight. As for the results, when this is loaded with good film and the scanning is up to scratch, the images it can produce are superb. The 28-100mm zoom lens is also a superbly versatile instrument and very useful in tight areas like city centres for shooting listed buildings and the like. The only small failing is in the viewfinder which gives no information just a red/green for yes/no spot and arrows for manual exposure, if you need to check settings you must refer to the top panel LCD.

 

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