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eBay … Autocord.

Hmm, was just hunting eBay for Minolta Autocords … I don’t know why I keep looking for these cameras … and I notice that the price has been really jacked up.

I just saw one that commented on a fugly one that it has great patina ? Really ? It really is need of a thorough CLA … and it has the classic bent focus knob … way too much $$$ for a starting price.

I wonder if this has anything to do with my blog … hmmm, maybe I am thinking too highly of myself … but I do constantly see that my Autocord posts are still the most actively viewed ones.

Yes, it is a great camera … but not worth that much (that some of these people are asking), its almost like Rollei prices.

FYI: for those that want a great TLR, you should hunt for a Ricoh Ricohmatic 225 … it has a great lens and can still be found cheap (most of the time). I still keep my eye out for one with the Color-Back 225 35mm film adapter kit.


… note # x

When repairing more than one camera … remember which parts go with the right camera.

Back tracking numerous months … earlier this year I got a hold of a number of TLR’s. I started working on one, then set it aside and starting working on another … then left them for a bit.

When I came back to put back one camera I was stumped on how to put it back together … for some reason I could not get the front panel on … I logically tried to figure it out … I researched the web … I asked some questions … but for some reason it did not fit … then it occurred to me today, since I was working on similar cameras (both Yashica’s) that I put the wrong lens on the wrong camera !!!

Sooooo, note # x … keep different camera parts in separate areas so you do not mix them up.

It’s getting colder …

I am getting reminders by Mother Nature that it is coming to that time again where I spend most of my time indoors … so that means I will have to get back to the workbench.

Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom … initial thoughts

Well just got it in the mail.

Is taller than I thought (forgot to add height of ball head and tripod collar). The camera sits about 35cm / 14″ off the ground (mid sensor).


I slapped my Sony A77mII with the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro … total weight 1.8kg / 4lbs. Seems steady enough for low shutter speeds, though I would still use the 2s timer or a remote to trigger the shutter … it feels not solid enough. That’s to be expected for such a device, and I was not expecting it to be.

The rated capacity is 3kg / 6.6lbs but the ball head and the quick release shoe make is a little shaky on top. The shoe snaps in and there is no way of tightening it so there is a little play … I took of the Joby ball head and it feels a little steadier, though you do loose the directional control of the ball head.

I tried a long exposure … 30s … set it for a 2s timer delay … I left the Sony SteadyShot on … the there is obvious  shake in the image. I turned off SS and set the Sigma OS on 2 … much better … then I turned that off, so no stabilization (which is the recommended setting when using a tripod) and it did produce a pretty sharp image. Not bad for a slightly shaky tripod, though I don’t think I would rely on this tripod for such long exposures if the wind is blowing.

Will see what I get in actual field use.


Two years on … no, not the Bee Gees …

Hey, I have made it past two years … hmm, I think I said the same thing after the first year …

Interesting … I thought I would either get bored of doing this, or nobody cares, or I would run out of stuff to fix (probably not going to happen) … and none of those has happened yet.

I am most surprised to find that many people have found/seeked the information on my blog, hahah (is that a real word?) I am finally interesting enough to pay attention to.

Looking over the two years since I started this blog I noticed that my info concerning the servicing of the Minolta Autocord has been viewed the most … obviously the Minolta is still a great camera that people need to get them back into working condition, like having a Rollei (that’s not a Rollei). Really too bad that Minolta did not make a 2.8 version. All I need to find is a cheap 3D metal printer then I can sell focus arms and make billions off of you Autocord fans.

Weellll, thanks to all of you that care about the stuff that I do.

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