Sorry I have been away for so long. Been a busy month of friends visiting and travelling 🙂 Alas I am finally writing about the Minolta Dual35 Weathermatic camera. It is a cousin or maybe even closer relative of the Minolta Weathermatic-A which I reviewed a few years ago. The main difference between the cameras is that the Dual35 is made to take 35mm film instead of 110. Earlier this year I also reviewed the underwater use of the Canon A1 Sureshot which is the Canon equivalent of this camera. I hope that you have some time to review both of those other cameras.
Minolta Weathermatic Dual35 Waterproof Camera
The Weathermatic Dual35 is a very distinctive bright yellow camera with a watertight body that can be used for all sorts of water activities as it claims to be waterproof to 5m. It was originally manufactured in 1987 and followed suite of the Minolta AF-DL in that it an almost completely all automatic point and shoot 35mm camera. The camera had a wide range of accessories that you can still sometimes find such as the matching case and watertight film canisters. You can see me stylin on Instagram below with the matching yellow accessory case.
Talk about getting a bang for your buck. I think this camera takes great quality images for the size and price of the camera if you can find it for cheap and working 😉 I took this camera out in my purse on multiple jaunts throughout the city during the day and night and it did not disappoint. These cameras can be found pretty easily on Ebay or Etsy, and can be found pretty cheap at an average of about $30.
Minolta Hi-Matic AF2
This camera was first manufactured by Minolta in November 1981 as the successor of the Hi-Matic AF. The camera uses active infrared autofocus, which uses an infrared beam to determine the distance of your object. It also comes equipped with a warning buzzer and blinking light combo that notifies if an object is either too close to focus as well as too far out of the flash range. Similar to other Hi-Matics the camera has a four-element lens with a 38mm focal length and a maximum aperture of f/2.8.
Earlier in the year I took a trip to Puerto Rico for a friends birthday. In my mind I though this is perfect for me to take my new(old) little waterproof Minolta camera. It takes 110 film, so it was also the perfect opportunity for me to use Lomography’s new 110 Color Tiger Film.
The bright yellow Weathermatic-A was first made in the 1980’s as a watertight camera with a built in electric flash that could be used in water in depths of up to 15 feet or 5 meters. It has very large black control knobs on the top of the camera, perfect if you may be diving with it and need easier control. One knob is used for continuous focus for a range of about 3 feet up to infinity. These are designated with the figure of a person from the chest up for close range all the way to a figure of a mountain for landscape shots. The other knob designates the exposure with 3 options of sunny, cloudy and flash needed. The bottom of the camera has a black film advance lever that you cock after every picture taken. The camera only needs one AA battery to control all of the features.
The Minolta XG-9 35 mm SLR Camera was first produced around 1979. It takes regular 35mm film and is incredibly easy to handle. I took it with me to a trip to Ireland and it took fantastic pictures. I will add those pics in a later post.
I installed two (2) – 357/303 Energizer batteries that are each 1.55 V. I was able to buy the batteries at Walgreens so it should not be much trouble to find them. I believe you can also find them at Radio Shack under the number EPX76 and on Amazon at this link Energizer Silver Oxide Watch/Electronic Battery 357. These work with the Automatic setting pretty well as most of my shots taken with it came out great. Although since you are using an older camera and getting away from the digital I’m not sure how much you would want to rely on it. Once the batteries are installed you can turn the camera to the on position and you will be able to crank the advanced level forward.
Looking through the viewfinder you can see the light meter and all the shutter speeds lined up on the right side. If you are in Auto mode the red dots will light up on the right side of the shutter speed it thinks you will need on the aperture that you have set. you just need to lightly press on the shutter button for the lights to come on. If the red light reads at about 60 or less then I would worry about having blurry pictures and having to place the camera on a stable surface.
I took this camera to a concert and it was amazing. I took some long exposure shots, just while holding the camera up in the air and they still came out pretty well.In all I think that this is a pretty great camera and it is very portable for everyday use. Below is a selection of some of the pictures I was able to take with it. Hope you enjoy