tra le più belle copie Leica / between nicest Lieca-copy

Fondata come Chiyoda Kogaku Seiko K.K. nel 1928 ad opera di Kazuo Tashima, esce dal settore fotografico nel marzo del 2006. L'otturatore è sempre stato, per la sua fragilità, il punto debole di questa fotocamera. Al tempo della sua comparsa la Minolta 35 disponeva già di un correttore diottrico dell'oculare, la costruzione è in metallo di ottima fattura. L'obiettivo standard era un Rokkor 45mm f2,8. Ulteriore raffinatezza era l'autoscatto con due posizioni di ritardo selezionabili.

Founded as Chiyoda Kogaku Seiko K.K. in 1928 by Kazuo Tashima, it comes out of the photographic industry in March 2006. The shutter has always been, for its fragility, the weak point of this camera. At the time of its occurrence Minolta 35 already had an eyepiece corrector diopter, the building is well-made metal. The standard lens was a Rokkor 45mm f2.8. A further refinement was the self-timer with two delay selectable positions.

Minolta 35 type A - ORIGINAL

1947 'Made In Occupied Japan'


the very first production with 'CHIYODA-KOGAKU OSAKA' logo on top, old shutter speed scale (1-2-5-10-20)

only 600 produced

Minolta 35 type B

1947 'Made In Occupied Japan'


new shutter speed scale (1-2-4-8-15-30). Please See the Katakana script on the winding knob, inside the diamond. it means in Japanese, = Central Purchasing Office. Its Code for Occupied Army office approved this design, supplied the materials to help make it and NO taxes were to be paid to the Japanese government as this camera was sold only in Post exchanges for all Allied Army stores throughout the world. Possession by Japanese citizens was subject to arrest and Big Fines. The early post war Japanese period was about rebuilding the economy of Japan as the US army as the overloads in many facets of the Japanese economy and culture. The katakana CPO is extremely rare last no more than 1.5 years and was replaced by the marked which means= Export Product, again a non taxed item for all Allied army stores & countries.

near 3.000 produced

Minolta 35 type C

1948 'Made In Occupied Japan'


Minolta 35 type D

1949 'Made In Occupied Japan'

first 24x34

Minolta 35 Model E

1951 'Made In Occupied Japan'

first 24x34

Minolta 35 Model F

1952 'Made In Japan'


Minolta 35 Model II (type a)

1953 'Made In Japan'


Minolta 35 Model II (type b)

1955 July - 1958 June 'Made In Japan'


from 1955 July change logo on top, nor more C.S.K. but Chiyoda Kogaku

30.000 produced

Minolta 35 Model IIB

1958 May 'Made In Japan'


The Model-IIB one of the rarest version of the Minolta 35, Separate slow speed dial, with an X speed between 1/8 & 1/25, self timer with 3 positions, high speed 1/500 +B +T.

7.500 produced



Minolta Sky

1957: the swan song


advanced 35mm rangefinder prototype, and as such only the one hundred or so pre-production units were finished. The name Sky stands for Shashin Kikai Yarikake, or "photographic instrument in progress", as in 'prototype camera'. featuring:

focal plane shutter from 1s to 1/1000s
single shutter speed dial
it was possible to use speed dial and self-timer in conjunction, and obtain speeds down to 15s
separate X and FP flash synch ports
automatic frames for 50mm, 90mm and 135mm
parallax correction
quick-release bayonet lens mount with push-button release
tucked-away rewind handle, not a button rewind T.

100 produced


The camera system never made it to mass production, since by the time the prototypes were completed in 1957 Minolta was already focusing on interchangeable lens SLR rather than interchangeable lens rangefinders (the Minolta SR-2 was released in August 1958).

Due articoli sulle Minolta 35 pubblicati su " Classic Camera " numero 64 e 66

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