Minolta VECTIS 40 Instruction manual

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Read and understand all warnings and cautions before using this product.
Batteries may become hot or explode due to improper use.
• Use only the batteries specified in this instruction manual.
• Do not install the batteries with the polarity (+/–) reversed.
• Do not subject batteries to fire or high temperatures.
• Do not attempt to recharge, short, or disassemble.
• Tape over lithium battery contacts before disposal. Follow local codes for
battery disposal.
Use caution, accidents may occur when using this product near young children.
Keep batteries or things that could be swallowed away from young children.
Contact a doctor immediately if an object is swallowed.
Immediately remove the batteries and discontinue use if...
• the camera is dropped or subjected to an impact in which the interior is
• the product emits a strange smell, heat, or smoke.
Do not disassemble. Electric shock may occur if a high voltage circuit inside the
camera is touched. Take your camera to a Minolta Service Facility when repairs
are required.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Changes or modifications not approved by the party responsible for compliance could void
the user's authority to operate the equipment. This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will
not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on,
the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
• Do not place the camera under running water or immerse.
Please Note:
1. When using the camera outdoors in heavy rain, keep the camera protected from
the rain. Do not leave the camera in the rain.
2. The interior of the camera is not water resistant.
- Dry the camera before opening the film or battery chambers.
- When inserting or removing film or batteries, keep your hands dry.
3. Do not load film or replace batteries in places where water, blowing sand, or dust
can enter the camera.
4. This camera is not sandproof, do not place the camera directly
on the ground.
5. Do not expose the camera to salt water or liquids containing
6. Close the film and battery chamber covers tightly. Clean the
rubber seals before closing covers.
7. If the rubber seals appear cracked or damaged, contact an authorized Minolta
Service Facility to have them replaced.
8. Do not subject the camera to shock or impact.
• This camera is designed for use from -10 to 40°C (14 to
• Never leave your camera where it may be subjected to extreme
temperatures such as inside the glove compartment of a car.
• At colder temperatures, the data panel response time will be
slow. At higher temperatures, the display may temporarily
darken, but will restore when the temperature normalizes.
• Never subject the camera to extreme humidity.
• To prevent condensation from forming, place the camera in a sealed plastic bag
when bringing it from the cold exterior into a warm building. Allow it to come to
room temperature before removing it from the bag.
• When photographing in cold weather, keep the camera and spare batteries inside
your coat to keep them warm when you are not shooting. Cold batteries will regain
some of their charge when they warm up.
The film used in Advanced Photo System cameras stores some data magnetically.
Do not place the film cassette on or near anything that creates a magnetic field, such
as a television or stereo speakers.
If the camera will not function with fresh batteries, remove the batteries, wait a few
minutes, then reinsert the batteries. If normal operation does not resume, or the
camera malfunctions repeatedly, contact an authorized Minolta Service Facility.
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing
Equipment Regulations.
Insert the strap tab into the strap port until it
Press the strap release and pull the tab out of
the strap port.
Thank you for purchasing a Minolta Advanced Photo System™ camera. To take part
in your active lifestyle, this camera was designed to be rugged and easy to use.
Before using your camera, familiarize yourself with the names and locations of the
camera controls and read this manual thoroughly.
New print formats…
Classic C print, wider H print, and panorama P print
formats are available with Advanced Photo System
*Advanced Photo System™ is a trademark of the five system developing companies,
including Minolta
Advantages of the Advanced Photo System
Easier to load…
Advanced Photo System cameras use the new IX240 type film. This new film
features drop-in-loading to make loading your camera simple, the first time, every
time. Indicators on the cassette tell you and your camera if the film is unexposed,
partially exposed, exposed, or processed.
New processing…
In addition to returning your prints in the format
you selected, certified photofinishers will return
your Advanced Photo System film in its original
cassette with an index print. To order reprints,
simply choose the images you want from the
index print. No more searching through negatives
to find the right frame.
Camera Body
Data panel
Viewfinder window*
Data panel
Command switch
Data panel
Viewfinder window*
Shutter-release button
Shutter-release button
Shutter-release button
Command switch
Viewfinder window*
Command switch
Accessory port
Film-chamber release
Accessory port
Film-chamber release
Accessory port
Film-chamber release
Release lock
Release lock
Release lock
Battery chamber
Strap port
Battery chamber
Battery chamber
Strap port
Film chamber
Film chamber
* Do not touch
Data Panel
Command switch
Strap port
Film chamber
Image Frames
Flash charging indicator
H print
Frame counter
P print
C print
Battery warning
P print (Panorama)
H print
C print (Classic)
Camera off
Your camera uses one 3-volt CR2 lithium battery to supply power for all camera
operations. Please read the warnings in the Safety Cautions section of this manual
as well as those supplied by the battery manufacturer.
• If film is in the camera when the battery is replaced, install a new battery immediately
after removing the old battery. If the battery is not replaced immediately, your camera
may advance one frame and display - - in the frame counter for the remaining
exposures. The frame counter will return to normal operation when a new film cassette
is loaded.
1. Using a coin or similar object, turn the
battery-chamber lock to open, then open the
battery-chamber door.
2. Insert a new battery into the chamber as
indicated by the + and - marks.
3. Close the battery-chamber door and turn the
battery-chamber lock to the close position.
• Clean the rubber seals and joining surfaces before
closing covers.
Battery Warning
Replace the battery.
• If no display appears, replace the battery or make sure it is correctly installed.
• Do not remove the battery unless the battery warning blinks or no display
appears in the data panel.
• If the data panel dims after the flash fires, the battery will need to be
replaced soon.
• Your camera will shut down if it is not operated for more than three minutes.
To restore power, turn the command switch to OFF, then back to P, H, C, or
Use IX240 (Advanced Photo System) type film in this camera.
Loading Film
• Your camera’s transport system loads the film and advances the film after each
• Do not open the film chamber until 0 appears or all indicators blink in the data panel.
• Install the battery before loading the film, or the film will not advance to the first frame.
• We recommend you use ISO 200 film in this camera.
Visual Exposure Indicators (VEI)
• The current VEI has a white indicator behind it.
• Your camera can only load unexposed film (
1. Turn the camera upside down, then press the
release lock and turn the film-chamber
• The film-chamber door will unlock.
• Wipe dirt or moisture off of the camera and film
cassette before opening the film chamber.
2. Open the film-chamber door and insert a new
film cassette into the film chamber.
3. Press the film-chamber door closed and turn
the film-chamber release to the lock position.
• The film cassette may be damaged if the film-chamber
release is moved when the film-chamber door is open.
4. Turn the command switch to C, H, or P.
5. Press the shutter-release button.
• The film will advance to the first frame.
• The frame counter displays the number of exposures
remaining on the roll.
• If all indicators blink in the data panel, the film has not
loaded. Remove and reload the film cassette.
1. Turn the command switch to the desired print
2. Frame your subject(s) in the image frame for
the selected print format.
3. Press the shutter-release button to take the
• Keep your subject at least 1.0m (3.3 ft.) from the
• With ISO 200 film, the flash has a range of 1.0 – 3.0m
(3.3 – 9.8 ft.) and will fire when necessary.
• You can’t take a flash picture when blinks in the
data panel (flash charging).
4. Turn the command switch to off when the
camera is not in use.
Hold the camera steady, making
sure your fingers do not cover
the flash. If you are taking a
vertically framed picture, turn the
camera so the flash is on top.
After the last exposure is taken, “0” will appear in the data panel.
When the motor stops, open the film chamber and remove the film.
• Remove your film immediately after rewinding. Film left in the camera may
reload causing double exposures.
The self-timer delays release of the shutter for approximately ten seconds.
• When the self-timer is selected, the flash will fire every time a picture is taken.
• The print format is set to H when the self-timer is selected.
1. Mount the camera on the Handy Tripod
(optional) and place on a level surface.
3. Frame your subject(s) inside the H print
image frame.
2. Turn the command switch to
4. Press the shutter-release button all-the-way
down to take the picture.
• St will appear in the data panel.
• St will blink in the data panel during countdown.
Take your film to a Certified Advanced Photo System
Photofinishing Service to receive the best possible prints.
Certified photofinishers will provide the following services when
you take your film in for processing.
1. CHP - Print Format
Your film will be printed according to the format set when the picture was taken.
2. Film is returned in the cassette.
Film will be returned in its original cassette and the VEI set to
to prevent
accidental loading.
3. Index Print
An index print with a numbered image of each frame is included with your returned
Images are always captured in the H Print format. However, any of the three formats
can be selected when ordering reprints.
Before Important Events
• If the camera body is dirty, gently wipe it clean with a soft, dry
• To clean the lens surface, brush away any dust or sand. If
necessary, moisten a lens tissue with lens cleaning fluid and
gently wipe the lens in a circular motion.
• Never place lens fluid directly on the lens.
• Never touch the lens surface with your fingers.
• Never use alcohol or solvents to clean the camera.
• Check camera operation carefully, or take test photographs.
• Minolta is not responsible for damages incurred by equipment malfunction.
When storing the camera for extended periods,
• Store the camera in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from dust and chemicals.
For longer periods, place the camera in an airtight container with a silica gel drying
• Before using after prolonged storage, check the camera’s operation to make sure
it’s functioning properly.
Questions and Service
• If you have questions about your camera, contact your local camera dealer or write
to the Minolta distributor in your area.
• If the camera is damaged or the rewind motor does not operate, do not open the
film chamber or forcefully remove the cassette. Contact an authorized Minolta
Service Facility.
• Before shipping your camera for repair, contact an authorized Minolta Service
Facility for details.
Camera Type:
IX240 Lens Shutter Type
27mm f/6.4 (approx. equivalent to 34mm in the 35mm
Viewfinder Magnification: 0.54X
Fixed 1.0m - ∞ (3.3 ft. - ∞)
Programmed AE
Metering Range (ISO 200): EV 11 - 15
Flash Range (ISO 200):
1.0 ~ 3.0m (3.3 ~ 9.8 ft.)
One CR2 3V lithium battery
Battery performance: approximately twenty 25-exposure
rolls (Based on Minolta’s standard test method with the flash
on for 50% of the exposures.)
IPX4 (Protected against splashing water)
Weight (w/o battery):
Vectis GX-1:
Vectis GX-2:
Vectis GX-3:
Vectis GX-1:
Vectis GX-2:
Vectis GX-3:
120 x 77.5 x 45.5 mm (4.7 x 3.1 x 1.8 in.)
126.5 x 75.5 x 44 mm (5.0 x 3.0 x 1.7 in.)
123.5 x 74 x 46.5 mm (4.9 x 2.9 x 1.8 in.)
220 g (7.76 oz.)
215 g (7.58 oz.)
215 g (7.58 oz.)
Specifications and accessories are based on the latest information available at the time of
printing and are subject to change without notice.
This mark on the bottom of your camera is there to inform you that this camera
meets the requirements of the EU (European Union) concerning interference
causing equipment regulations. CE stands for Conformité Européenne
(European Conformity).