Minolta Electronic Auto-Exposure 35mm Single Lens Reflex

Minolta Electronic Auto-Exposure 35mm
Single Lens Reflex Cameras and CLE
Minolta's X-series 35mm single lens
reflex cameras combine state-of-the-art
photographic technology with Minolta's traditional fine handling and human engineering to achieve precision instruments that
are totally responsive to creative photography. Through-the-Iens metering coupled
with advanced, electronically governed
focal-plane shutters provide highly accurate automatic exposure control. All Xseries cameras are compatible with the
vast array of lenses and accessories that
comprise the Minolta single lens reflex
system.
Extreme ruggedness and flexibility
are hallmarks of the Minolta XK Motor
Drive. Its integral motor drive provides single-frame and continuous-run film advance
up to 3.5 frames per second with a fail-safe
automatically governed framing rate. The
AE-S finder gives automatic, through-thelens exposure control via an ultra-sensitive
silicon photo diode to assure exposure
accuracy at the maximum framing rate.
And , with motorized film rewind , changing
film cassettes is quick and easy.
Interchangeable finders, focusing
screens, film backs and battery packs allow
the XK Motor Drive camera to adapt to virtually any assignment.
Minolta XD-series cameras provide
photographers with the versatility of
multi-mode exposure control. Minolta
was first to offer this innovation, and now
offers two models, both of which allow the
user the creative choice of aperture and
shutter-priority automation , plus meteredmanual operation at the turn of a lever. The
photographer can select shutter-priority
operation to freeze action or control the
amount of blur for creative effect. Aperturepriority operation is not only useful for
depth-of-field control , auto~exposure with
bellows , extension tubes and mirror lenses,
but for the control of shutter speed as well .
Full metered-manual exposure control
allows for special techniques.
A vibration-free electromagnetic shutter
release triggers the quiet electronic shutter.
Two mechanically-controlled shutter settings are also available in the event the
batteries fail. An extremely bright Acute
Matte Focusing Screen and extra-large
instant-return mirror complement the fullinformation viewfinders. Versatility is added
to XD-series cameras with special accessories for motorized film advance and
"dedicated" automatic electronic flash
units.
The compact, economical XG-series
cameras offer both aperture-priority
automation and full manual exposure
control. Smooth and quiet in operation ,
XG-series cameras are quick and easy to
use. A mere touch of a finger on the electromagnetic shutter release engages its
unique sensor switch to activate the lightemitting diode (LED) viewfinder display. As
an aid to prevent accidental overexposure,
the release will lock if the auto-exposure
NOTE: Specifications subject to change without notice.
circuitry requires a shutter speed faster
than 1/1000 second. These cameras allow
full manual control for employing sophisticated photo techniques. The silent electronic self-timer features a large red LED
signal which pulsates with increasing frequency during its ten-second operating
cycle to indicate the approaching exposure.
The Motor Drive 1, designed exclusively
for the XG-M, provides single-frame and
continuous-run film advance up to 3.5
frames per second. Plus, auto winders and
"dedicated" automatic electronic flash units
are available as accessories to make the
XG cameras a truly versatile system.
The Minolta CLE is the world's first
35mm rangefinder camera system with
interchangeable lenses and aperture-priority automatic exposure control. It is a high
quality, precision instrument with many
sophisticated features previously found
only on single lens reflex cameras. The
CLE system includes three M-Rokkor
lenses-28mm wide angle, 40mm standard
and 90mm telephoto-and the special Auto
Electroflash CLE for perfectly exposed
flash pictures at any aperture.
The CLE features auto-exposure override control , bright frame lines for each
M-Rokkor lens, LED shutter-speed viewfinder display, electronic self-timer, and an
energy-saving touch-switch This quiet,compact, lightweight system provides unsurpassed precision and performance.
March, 1981
A1
Minolta XK Motor Drive
The world's first 3Smm single lens reflex camera designed specifically for integral motorized
operation with automatic, electronic, silicon-cell through-lens exposure control, fail-safe, automatically governed framing rate and interchangeable finders, focusing screens and battery packs.
AE-SFinder~~~~~~~~--~--~~~____________~
Pentaprism prov id es brigh t viewing/focusing image. Houses instantresponse, highly sens iti ve silicon -cell, center-weighted metering system
and auto-exposure circuitry controlling XK Motor Drive's electronic
shutter and automatically governed continuo us-run framing rate . AE-S
Finder all ows automatic, metered-manual or complete ly manual
exposure in all motor-drive operating modes, and is full y in terchangeab le
with other XK system finders.
MeterCoupler ________________________________________________________________
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Follows coupling lug on meter-coupled Minolla lenses.
Lens Re lease Button ----------------------------------------------------Releases bayonet mount lock for rapid lens changing.
Synchronization Terminal - - - - - - - - - - - - - -____
Cord-contact f lash units synchronize through PC-type terminal, whi c h
is threaded for Minolla screw.-Iock synch cord.
Synchronization Selector Switch --------------------------Adjusts for either X or FP flash synchronizatio n.
Depth-of-Field Preview Button - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Full-aperture metering pushed in , depth-of-field preview or stop-down
metering in outer position .
Motor-Drive Housing - - - - - - - - - - - - - Permanently attached motor provides single-frame and conti nu ous-r un
motorized film advance at framing rates to 3.5 frames per second , plus
motorized rewinding. Fail-safe circ uitry controlled by AE-S Finder
prevents cycling faster than automatically set or user-set sh utter speed
permits, for proper exposure and perfect functioning. Integral design
provides superior protection against dust and moistu re.
Standard Battery Pack
Holds 10 AA-size (pen li ght) batteries. Alka lin e-manganese provide motordrive power for 20 to 80 36-exposure cartridges , depending on framing
rate. Detaches when camera is used with other interchangeable
battery packs.
Eyepiece-Shutter Control -------------------~
Contro l opens or closes internal eyepiece blind.
Finder Power Switch ---------------------------__
Sets AE-S Finder for metering with part- or ful/-time LED / digital
sh utter speed indication. In OFF position, metering and LED / digital
display are control/ed by Senswitch in grip.
Manual Film Rewind
Unfold crank to rewind film manual/y, pull knob up to open back.
Battery Checker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - When batteries poweri ng electro ni c shutter and metering syste m have
amp le strength , lamp glows as battery-test lever is pushed.
Fi nde r Release Button -----------------------------------------Permits remova l of both find er and focusing screen .
Reset Button
If ref/ex mirror locks in up position because of insufficient battery power
or incorrect operating procedure , pushing button resets mirror to
viewing/focusing position.
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Battery Chamber - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -......
Acc epts two silve r-oxide batteries (Mal/ory MS-76 or eq uivalent)
powering both sh utter and exposure-control system.
Motorized Fi 1m Rewi nd Lever ---------------------------------~
Moving lever to left rewinds film into cartridge via motor drive; sensor
halts rewinding with leader outside cartridge. Leve r resets to advance
position whe n camera back is opened.
Frame-Rate Selecto r ----------------------------------------------~
Sets motorized advance for single-frame (S) and continuous-run
operation at 1,2, 3 and 3.5 (H) frames per second . Fail-safe circ uit
prevents framing rate from "outrunning" shutter speed .
Multiple-Exposure Control
Permits accurately registered multiple expos ures in motorized or manu al
operating modes.
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NOTE: Specifications subject to change without notice.
See page L 1 for additional information .
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Lens Aperture Readout
Window shows flstop to which lens is set.
Mode/Shutter Speed Readout
When AE-S Finder is set for auto-exposure operation ,"A" is
displayed; in metered-manual or nonmetered operation , user-set
shutter speed is displayed.
Shutter Speed Scale
Dual-range scale with stepless LED (High Range)/digital (Low
Range) indication of speed being set automatically in AUTO
mode or speed required for proper exposure in metered-manual
mode. Range-change indication provided.
Type PM Focusing Screen
Matte fresnel field with central split-image spot surrounded by
microprism collar. Supplied as standard with XK Motor Drive,
easily interchangeable.
Low range
High range
Shutter Speed Display-Range Selector
With lever angled down AE-S Finder displays high range (1/30
to 1/2000 second); with lever pointing forward, finder display
switches to low range (8 seconds to 1/15) .
Operating Button and Lock Ring
Light pressure on electromagnetic-relay operating button releases
shutter and triggers motorized film advance. Rotating lock
ring prevents accidental operation.
Anatomical Grip with Senswitch
Contoured for secure, comfortable holding . Senswitch (not
visible) responds toiingertip pressure when grip is held and
turns on exposure system instantly.
Motor Drive Battery Checker
Push button and gauge (not visible) on side of hand grip
monitor motor-drive battery power.
Remote Control Input Jack
Accepts electrical connecting cords for intervalometers and
other remote releases .
Film Speed Setting Lock Release
Button must be pressed to change film speed setting.
Long Exposure Selector Lever
For manual selection of electronically timed speeds from 2 to
16 seconds, with shutter speed dial set to B.
Exposure Counter
Additive type, resets automatically when camera back is opened .
Counts 1 through 40, magnified for easy reading.
Auto-Exposure Override Control
Manually al ters automatic exposure ; up to ± 2 EV continuous
range , with V2 -EV click stops and lock at O.
XKMotor
Drive
Shutter Speed/Function Selector and Lock
Release
On AUTO. provides step less, automatically set, electronically
timed speeds from 8 seconds through 1/2000 . Electronically
timed stepped speeds may be set from 1 second to 1/2000 in
metered-manual operation . Mechanically governed B and X settings
allow long time exposures and electronic flash synch at
1/100 second, respectively. Central lock release button must
be pressed to move dial from AUTO setting.
Manual Film Advance Lever
Comfortably contoured single- or multiple-stroke lever has 20 '
standoff from body for easy access, smooth 110' winding stroke.
Compensation Factor Selector
Adjusts meter response for certain focusing screen liens
combinations.
Film Speed Selector
AE-S Finder may be set for film speeds from ASA 12 to ASA
6400 in 1/3-stop increments.
Accessory Mount
Accepts lock-on accessory hot-shoe mount for cordless and
cord-contact flash units.
Standard Battery Pack Attachment Screw
Finger cutouts in oversized attachment screw head permit
installing or removing battery pack without tools. Head is coinslotted for convenience, and centrally threaded to accept tripod
mounting screw.
NOTE: Specifications subject to change without notice.
See page L 1 for additional information.
March , 1981
A3
Minolta XD-ll
The world's first compact 35mm SLR camera with multi-mode
through-the-Iens exposure control.
Illumination Window - - - - - - -_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _~
Light entering this window illuminates finder display indicating manually set shutter speed .
RedLenslndex---------------------------~----~
To insert lens, match red index marker on lens mount to
red index dot on camera , twist clockwise until lens locks.
Lens Release Button -------------~
Push button to release lens lock for quick changing.
Meter Coupler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -.....
Follows coupling lug on meter-coupled Minolta lenses.
Viewfinder LED Display Coupler -------------'"
Secondary lug on MD Rokkor-X and MD Celtic lenses engages the coupler when lens is at minimum aperture to
activate LED aperture indicato r display during shutter
priority operation.
PC Flash Synchronization Terminal-------------_.
Cord-contact
flash units synchronize
through
this terminal.
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Oversized Instant-Return Mirror
Extra-large mirror prevents finder image cut-off even with
extremely long telephotos or in close-up work. Special
damper mechanism minimizes vibration and noise.
Variable-Delay Self-Timer----------......
May be set to release after approximately 10 seconds
delay.
Depth-of-Field Preview Button - - - - - - - - - -.....
In normal outer position , permits full-aperture metering
and viewing; pushed-in position permits stopped-down
metering and previewing depth of field .
Bayonet Lens Mount--____________
Rugged flange assures positive accurate seating of lens
on camera body.
Electronic Shutter
Metal-blade Seiko shutter (not shown) has stepless
automatic speeds from 1 to 1 11 OOOth second, manually
set stepped speeds from 1 to 1 11 OOOth second , plus " B,"
"x" (1 1100th second) and "0" (1 1100th second). The
" B" and " 0" settings are mechanically governed to provide a fail-safe against battery failure. (The Auto Winder
o also operates in single frame with the camera on
the mechanical settings.)
Safe-Load Signal ---------------------~~""!
Indicates that film is loaded and advancing properly
through camera.
Film Rewind ------------------------"
Unfold crank to rewind film, pull up on knob to open
camera back.
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Turning control closes internal eyepiece blind to prevent
stray light from entering and affecting auto-exposure
when photographer is not viewing subject through finder.
Eyepiece-Shutter Control
Finder Eyepiece - - - - - - -______,
Oversized eyepiece for easy viewing even with eyeglasses. Slotted to accept correction eyepieces,
anglefinder, magnifier.
Memo Holder --------------________Frame holds end of film box as film-type reminder. Table
converts DIN film speeds to ASA ratings.
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NOTE: Specifications subject to change without notice.
See page L 1 for additional information.
Viewfinder Mode Readout
Aperture-priority mode:
1. Split/mirco spot
2. Shutter speed scale
3. Over/under range
indication
Shutter-priority mode:
1. Split/micro spot
2. Aperture Scale
3. Over/under range
indication
4. Pre-selected aperture
5. LED flash-ready signal
4. Pre-set minimum
aperture (in green)
5. Pre-selected shutter
speed
6. LED flash-ready signal
Manual mode:
1. Split/micro spot
2. Shutter speed scale
3. Over/under range
indication
4. Pre-set aperture
5. Pre-set shutter
speed
6. LED flash-ready signal
Split-Image Rangefinder with Microprism Collar and Surrounding Acute Matte Field
Extremely bright Acute Matte Focusing Screen permits fast , precise focusing and composing in all photographic situations.
Three alternate Acute Matte screen patterns are also available for the XO-11. See page 04 for additional information.
Shutter Speed Dial
Easily read markings for speeds from 1 to 1!1 OOOth
second, plus "B" and "0" (1 /100th second). "X"
synch at 1 / 100th (engraved in red) for electronic
flash.
Exposure Counter
Additive type, resets automatically when camera
back is opened. Counter does not advance with
multiple exposures.
XD-ll
Shutter Release
Electromagnetic release provides gentle , shake-free
exposure. Partial depression activates meter and
LED readout. Threaded for cable release and remote cords.
Film Advance Lever
Comfortably contoured single-stroke lever has 30·
standoff from camera body for quick access, silksmooth 130· winding stroke.
Exposure Mode Control
Three position lever provides quick selection of
aperture or shutter priority automation , or manual
metering.
Flash Hot Shoe
Accepts standard shoe mount electronic flash units.
Cordless synchronization with hot-shoe units. PC-cord
synch with others. Flash automatically switches camera
shutter to "X" synch at 1/ 100 second when dedicated
companion Minolta flash units (designated "X") are
attached and fully recycled. (See pages 014, 017, 018,
019 for additional information).
' - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ASA Lock Release
Button must be depressed to unlock ASA setting
scale, preventing accidental movement.
' - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Auto-Exposure Override Control
Allows manual biasing of automatic exposure up to
± 2 EV in click stops or continuously. Locks at click
stops and in normal position.
'--_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ASA Setting Scale
Film speed range ASA 12 to ASA 3200 in 1/ 3-stop
increments.
Electrical Socket
Engages with prong from Auto Winder O.
Tripod Socket
Sturdy socket, pOSitioned on lens axis, accepts
standard tripod mounting screw.
Battery Chamber
Contains two 1.5 volt silver-oxide cells (S-76 or
equivalent) that power exposure system and electronically governed shutter.
Film-Release Button
Pressi ng button releases film-transport system , freeing film for rewinding into cartridge. Button remains
in while film is being rewound. Depressing button
also allows for intentional multiple exposure .
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Film Advance Coupler
to Auto Winder 0 for motorized film
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Size without lens: 2 x 3¥.
X 5 ¥. inches (51 x 86 x
136mm).
Weight without lens and
batteries: 1Ig1)1, ounces
(560 grams).
Power source: Two 1.5V silver
oxide (5-76 or equivalent).
advance. (See page 0-6 for additional information.)
March , 1981
A5
Minolta XD-5
A compact, multi-mode automatic 3Smm SLR camera
with through-the-Iens exposure control.
Red Lens Index------------------------------------,
To insert lens, match raised red index dot on lens mount
to red index mark on camera, twist clockwise until
lens locks.
Lens Release Button --------------------------------"""\
Push button to release lock for removing interchangeable lenses.
Meter Coupler -----------------------------------..
Follows coupling lug on meter-coupled Minolta lenses.
Viewfinder LED Display Coupler-----------------------,.
Secondary lug on MD Rokkor-X and MD Celtic lenses
engages the coupler when lens is set at minimum
aperture to activate LED aperture display during shutterpriority automatic operation.
PC Flash Synchronization Terminal-------------------"""\
Cord-contact flash units synchronize with the shutter
through this terminal.
Oversized Instant-Return Mirror------------....
Extra-large reflex mirror prevents finder image cut-off
with long telephoto lenses or during close-up photography. Special damper mechanism minimizes noise and
vibration.
Variable-Delay Self-Timer -------------------::
Mechanical timer, releases shutter after approximately
10 seconds delay.
Depth-of-Field Preview Bunon-------------Spring-loaded button permits full-aperture metering and
viewing in normal outer position; pushed in position
permits depth-of-field preview and stopped-down
metering.
Bayonet Lens Mount--------------------Rugged flange assures lasting , precision mounting of
lens on camera body.
Electronic Shutter
Metal-blade Seiko shutter (not shown) has stepless
automatic speeds from 1 to 1/1000 second; manually set
stepped speeds from 1 to 1/1000 second, plus "8",
"X" (1/100 second) and "0" (1/100 second). The "8"
and "0" settings are mechanically governed and
operate even when the camera batteries are dead. (The
Auto Winder 0 also operates in single frame with
the camera on the "8 " and "0" settings.)
Film Rewind ______________________J
Unfold crank to rewind film, pull up knob to open
camera back.
Finder Eyepiece - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ' "
Oversized eyepiece for easy viewing even with
eyeglasses. Accepts eyepiece correction lenses,
anglefinder, magnifier, rubber eyepiece hood or
finder eyepiece cap.
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Memo H o l d e r - - - - - - - - - - - - - Frame holds end of film box as film-type reminder.
Table converts DIN film speeds to ASA ratings.
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NOTE: Specifications subject to change without notice.
See page L 1 for additional information.
Apertu re-priority mode :
1. Split/mirco spot
2 . Shutter speed scale
3. Over/under range
4. LED flash-ready signal
indication
Shutler-priority mode :
1. Split/micro spot
2. Aperture Scale
3. Over/under range
indication
4. LED
flash-ready signal
Manual mode :
1. Split/m icro spot
2. Shutter speed scale
3. Over/under range
4. LE D flash -ready signal
indication
Split-Image Rangefinder with Microprism Collar and Surrounding Acute Matte Field
Extreme ly bri ght Ac ute Matte Focusing Screen pe rmits fast, precise focu sing and composing in all photographic situati ons.
Three alternate Acute Matte screen pattern s arealso availabl e for the XO-5. See page 0 4 for additional inform ati on.
Shutter Speed Dial
Highly visible markings for speeds from 1 to
1/ 1000 second, plus " B" and " 0" (1/100 second).
" X" synch at 1/100 (engraved in red) for electronic flash .
Shutter Release
XD-5
" Soft-touch, " electromagnetic release provides
gentle, vibration-free exposure. Partial depression
activates metering system and LEO readouts .
Threaded for mechanical cable release or electrical remote cords.
Exposure Counter
Additive type , resets automatically when camera
back is opened . Counter does not advance with
multiple exposures.
Exposure Mode Control
Conveniently-placed, th ree-position lever allows
quick selection of aperture or shutter priority
automation as well as metered manual.
~==,,..t:...---- Film Advance Lever
Comfortable , plastic-tipped , single-stroke lever
has 30 standoff from camera body for quick
access , smooth 130 0 winding stroke.
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Flash Hot Shoe
Accepts stand ard shoe mount electro nic fl ash units.
Cordless syn chronization with hot- shoe un its. PC-cord
synch with others. Fl as h automati cally swit ches camera
shutter to "X" synch at 1/100 second when dedicated
companion Minolta fl ash units (designated "X") are
attached and fully recycl ed. (See pages 014, 01 7, 018 ,
019 for additional inform ation ).
Auto-Exposure Override Control
Permits manual biasing of automatic exposure up
to ± 2 EV i n click stops or continuously . Locks at
click stops and in normal position .
ASA Lock Release
To prevent accidental movement, button must be
depressed to unlock ASA setting scale.
ASA Setting Scale
Film speed range ASA 12 to ASA 3200 in V3 -Stop
increments.
:--_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Electrical Socket
Engages with prong from Auto Winder D.
Tripod Socket
Sturdy socket, positioned on lens axis, accepts
standard tripod mounting screw.
-l._-----i(----- Battery Chamber
Accepts two 1.5 volt silver-oxide cells (S-76 or
equivalent) that power exposure system and
electronically governed shutter.
- - - - - - - - --===---------1------ Film-Release Button
Pressing button releases film-transport system ,
freeing film for rewinding into cartridge. Button remains in wh ile film is being rewound.
Film-Advance Coupler
Size without lens: 2 x 33/s
X 53/a inches (51 x 87 x
136.5mm).
Weight without lens and
batteries: 18V2 ounces
(525g) .
Power source : Two 1.5V silver
oxide (S-76 or equivalent).
Connects to Auto Winder D for motorized film ad vance. (See page D- 6 for additional inform ation .)
March
, , 1981
A7
Minolta XG-M
A compact, aperture-priority automatic 35mm SLR with metered-manual exposure control
and motor drive/auto winder capability.
, . . - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - C o n t o u r e d Hand Grip
Convenient, waffled grip for secure, comfortable handling of the
XG-M.
~~~~E~~--------- Self-Timer/Battery Check LED Signal
Large red LED signal pulsates with increasing frequency during the
10-second self-timer operation cycle . Glows steadily when shutterspeed lock release is depressed for battery check.
= = - - - - - - - - - R e d Lens Index
To mount lens , match red index dot on lens mount to red index mark
on camera , twist clockwise until lens locks.
~--Lens
Release Button
Push button to release lens lock for quick changing.
Meter Coupler
Follows coupling lug on meter-coupled Minolta lenses.
Remote Control Socket
Threaded for use with accessory mechanical cable releases or electrical remote control cords for vibration-free triggering of the XG-M .
Oversized Instant-Return Mirror
Extra-large, quick-return mirror prevents finder image cutoff, even
with long telephoto lenses or during critical close-up work.
Depth-of-Field Preview Button
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Spring-loaded button permits full-aperture metering and viewing in
normal outer position ; pushed in position provides depth-of-fleld preVlew and stopped-down metering.
Bayonet Lens Mount
.
Rugged flange assures positive seating of lens on the camera body.
Flash Hot Shoe
Accepts standard shoe-mount electronic flash units. Cordless
synchronization with hot-shoe units. PC-cord synch with others via
PC terminal. Flash automatically switches camera shutter to X-synch
at 1/60 second when dedicated Minolta Auto Electroflash units
(designated "X") are attached and fully recycled. (See pages D14,
D17, D18 , D19 for additional information .)
Film Advance Lever
Comfortably contoured lever advances film with a smooth, single
1300 stroke. Has 300 standoff from camera body for quick access.
Finder Eyepiece
Oversized eyepiece for easy viewing even with eyeglasses. Accepts
eyepiece correction lenses, anglefinder, magnifier, rubber eyepiece
hood or finder eyepiece cap .
Memo Holder
Frame holds film box tab as film-type reminder. ASA-DIN conversion
chart. Detachable back cover interchanges with accessory Data
Back G.
Electronic Shutter
Horizontal-traverse, focal-plane shutter (not shown) with electromagnetic release. Stepless automatic speeds from 1 to 1/ 1000 second ,
manually set stepped speeds from 1 to 1/ 1000 second , plus B;
X-synch at 1/60 second . Shutter action is smooth and quiet. In automatic mode, shutter release locks to prevent overexposure when
speed required for proper exposure exceeds 1/ 1000 second.
Motor Drive 1
1. Electromagnetic Shutter Release
2. Frame-Rate Setting Dial
3. Setting Dial Release Lock
4. Remote Control Socket
5. Film Advance Coupler
6. Rewind Pin
7. Mounting Screw Drive Wheel
8. Mounting Screw
9. Electrical Contact Pins
10. Battery Chamber Release
NOTE: Specifications subject to change without notice .
. See page L 1 for additional information .
Minolta XG-M
Viewfinder Readout
1. Split/micro focusing spot.
2. Shutter speed scale.
3.
LED shutter speed indicator shows the shutter
speed being selected by
the automatic exposure
system.
4. LED over/under range
indicators.
5. LED metered-manual
indicator.
6. LED flash-ready signal at
1/60 second position.
7. Pre-selected aperture.
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Split-Image Rangefinder with Microprism
Collar and Surrounding Acute Matte Field
Exremely bright Acute Matte
Focusing Screen provides
exceptional corner-to-corner
brightness for fast , accurate
focusing and composing with
all lenses.
On/Off Switch
Convenient control turns camera on or off.
Shutter Speed Dial
"p;' sets camera on automatic mode and locks to prevent accidental chang ing . When shutter speed lock
release is depressed , dial can be moved to stepped
speeds from 1 to 1/ 1000 second, plus B.
Electromagnetic Shutter Release
Provides vibration less operation . The release features
an electrical sensor switch that activates the viewfinder
LED shutter speed display at the touch of a finger.
Slight pressure on the release also activates metering
system when wearing gloves. Further pressure triggers shutter. Release locks to prevent overexposure
when the auto-exposure system requires a shutter
speed faster than 1/ 1000 second .
Shutter Speed Scale
LED indicators display the
step less shutter speed being
set in the automatic exposure
mode. Triangular LED 's serve
as under/overexposure warning signals. The 1/60 second
LED indicator also serves as a
flash-ready signal by blinking
when dedicated "X-series"
Minolta Auto Electroflash units
used with the XG-M are fully
recycled. Manual LED ("M")
indicator appears in the viewfinder when camera is set at
stepped manual shutter
speeds.
Shutter Speed Dial Lock Release/
Battery Check
Press button to move shutter speed dial off "P;' (automatic-exposure mode) position to set shutter speeds
manually. Simultaneously, the LED signal on the front
of the camera glows steadily for battery check.
Safe-Load Signal
A moving red bar indicates that the film is loaded and
advancing properly.
Exposure Counter
Additive type, r-esets automatically when camera back
is opened.
Auto Exposure Override Control
Permits manual biasing of automatic exposure up to
± 2 EV in full or half click stop increments. Locks in
normal position.
ASA Setting Scale
Pull outer ring up to set film speeds from ASA 25 to
ASA 1600.
Film Rewind
Unfold crank and turn clockwise to rewind film , pull up
knob to open camera back.
PC Flash Synchronization Terminal
Cord-contact flash units synchronize with the shutter
through this terminal.
Film Advance Coupler
Connects to Motor Drive 1 or Auto Winder G for
motorized film advance. (See page D6 for additional
information.)
Film Release Button
Pressing button releases film-transport system , freeing
film for rewinding . Button remains in while film is being
rewound .
Tripod Socket
Sturdy socket, positioned on lens axis, accepts standard tripod mounting screw.
Motor Drive Electrical Contact/Socket
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Weight Without Lens
Power Source:
Size Without Lens:
2' /' 6 x 3 9/'6 X5 7/'6 inches
(52 x ~9 . 5 x 138mm)
and Batteries:
18 3/8 ounces (5209)
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Two 1.5 volt silver-oxide batteries
(S-76 or equivalent)
Battery Chamber
Accepts two 1.5 volt silver-oxide cells (S-76 or equivalent) that power exposure system and electronically
governed shutter.
Winder Electrical Contact
Motor Drive/Winder-Pin Socket
Engages with guide pin from Motor Drive 1 or Auto
Winder G.
March , 1981
A9
Minolta
XG-l
An economical, compact 3Smm SLR with
aperture-priority automatic exposure and I'!'anual control.
Electronic Shutter
Horizontal-traverse, focal-plane (not shown) with electromagnetic release. Step less automatic speeds from
1 second to 1/1000, manually set stepped speeds from
1 second to 1/ 1000, plus " B"; X-synch at 1/60 second .
In automatic mode, shutter release locks to prevent
overexposure when speed required for proper exposure
exceeds 1/ 1000 second .
..------------------Self-Timer/Battery Check LED Signal
Large red LED signal pulsates with increasing frequency
during the 1O-second self-timer operation cycle. Glows
steadily when operating selector is set to "B .C." for
battery check.
a.-_-Red Lens Index
To mount lens, match red index dot on lens mount to red
index mark on camera, twist clockwise until lens locks.
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!!:It--Lens Release Button
Push button to release lens lock for quick changing.
Meter Coupler
Follows coupling lug on meter-coupled Minolta lenses.
Remote Control Socket
Threaded for use with mechanical cable releases or
optional electrical remote control cords for vibration-free
triggering of the XG-1.
Oversized Instant-Return Mirror
Extra-large, quick-return mirror prevents finder image
cut-off in all photographic situations.
'-----------~---Bayonet
Lens Mount
Rugged flange assures positive seating of lens to
camera body.
Flash Hot Shoe
Accepts standard shoe mount electronic flash units. Cordless
synchronization with hot-shoe units. PC-cord synch with others
via PC terminal. Flash automatically switches camera shutter to
flash synch at 1/60 second when dedicated companion Minolta
flash units (designated "X") are attached and fully recycled .
(See pages 014, 017, 018, 019 for additional information).
Film Advance Lever
Comfortably contoured lever advances film with a
smooth, single 130 0 stroke. Has 30 0 standoff from camera
body for quick access.
Finder Eyepiece
Oversized eyepiece for easy viewing even with eyeglasses. Accepts eyepiece correction lenses, anglefinder,
magnifier, rubber eyepiece hood or finder eyepiece cap.
--.Fllm-speed Conversion Table
Table converts DIN film speeds to ASA ratings.
A10
NOTE: Specifications subject to change without notice.
See page L 1 for additional information.
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Minolta XG-l
Viewfinder Readout
1. Split/micro focusing spot.
2. Shutter speed scale.
3. LED shutter speed indicator shows the shutter
speed being selected by
the automatic exposure
system .
4. LED over/under-range
indicators.
5. LED flash-ready signal
at 1/60 sec. position .
Shutter Speed/Function Dial
"A" sets camera"on automatic mode and locks to
prevent accidental movement. When function
lock release is depressed , the "A" can be moved
to provide auto-exposure override up to
±2 EV using the adjacent scale; or turning further clockwise for stepped speeds from 1 to
1/1000 second, plus " B" . Pull outer ring up to
set film speeds from ASA 25 to ASA 1600.
Function Lock Release
Press button to move shutter speed dial off "A"
(automatic-exposure mode) setting for override control or manually selected shutter speed .
Safe-Load Signal
Split-Image Rangefinder with Microprism
Collar and Surrounding Fresnel Field
A moving red bar indicates that the film is loaded
and is advancing properly.
Shutter Speed Scale
LED indicators display the
step less shutter speed
being set in the automatic
exposure mode. Triangular LED's serve as underl
over exposure warning
signals. The 1/ 60 second
LED indicator also
serves as a flash-ready signal by blinking when dedicated companion Minolta
flash units used with the
XG-1 are fully recycled.
Provides corner-to-corner
brightness for fast , accurate
focusing and composing
with all lenses.
Exposure Counter
Additive type, resets automatically when camera
back is opened.
Electromagnetic Shutter Release
Provides vibration less operation. The release
features an electrical sensor switch that activates
the viewfinder LED shutter speed display in
the auto-exposure mode with the touch of a finger.
Slight pressure on the release activates metering system if user has gloves on. Further pressure
activates shutter. Release locks to prevent
over-exposure when the auto-exposure system requires a shutter speed faster than 1/1000 second .
Operating Selector
A four-position control switch for convenient
selection of a ten-second delay electronic selftimer (triggered by shutter release), on or off
power settings and a self-resetting battery-check
position.
Film Rewind
Unfold crank to rewind film, pull up on knob to
open camera back .
. , - - - Film Advance Coupler
Connects to Auto Winder G for motorized film advance . (See page 0-6 for additional information .)
PC Flash Synchronization Terminal
Cord-contact flash units synchronize with the
shutter through this terminal.
Film Release Button
Pressing button releases film-transport system,
freeing film for rewinding. Button remains in while
film is being rewound.
pod Socket
Sturdy socket, positioned on lens axis, accepts
standard tripod mounting screw.
-i---------i~- Battery Chamber
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Accepts two 1.5 volt silver-oxide cells (S-76 or
equivalent) that power exposure system and
electronically governed shutter.
Electrical Contact
Triggers film advancing circuit in Auto Winder G.
Size without lens: 2
5% inches (52 x 88
x 138mm).
x 3ii', x
Weight without lens and
batteries: 177(, ounces
(490g) .
Power source: Two 1.5V
silver oxide (8-76 or
equivalent).
inder-Pin Socket
Engages with guide pin from Auto Winder G.
March , 1981
A11
MinoltaCLE
World's first compact 3Smm rangefinder camera system with interchangeable lenses and
aperfure-priority automatic exposure control.
Rangefinder Window
Allows image to reflect on prism rangefinder for accurate rangefinder
focusing .
Bright Frame Line Illumination Window
Illuminates bright, sharply outlined rangefinder spot and viewfield
frame lines .
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Viewfinder Window
Bright frame viewfinder with framing masks which automatically
adjust for 40mm or 90mm lenses. 28mm frame lines are permanently
indicated.
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Line Setting/Parallax Correction Cam
Changes finder frame lines to correspond with lens in use . Automatically shifts frame lines to provide parallax correction .
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Self-Timer/Battery Check LED Signal
LED pulsates with increasing frequency during the 10-second selftimer operation cycle. Glows steadily when battery check button is
depressed to indicate sufficient power.
Triangle indicates off position ; push down to turn camera on; slide up
for electronic self-timer operation.
Shutter Curtain
Minolta's patented Direct Metering System reflects light off the shutter curtain 's random dot pattern and/or film plane for automatic TTL
continuous light and Auto Electroflash CLE exposure measurements.
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Silicon photo cell provides stopped-down , through-the-Iens, off-thefilm-plane metering for available light or flash exposures with the Auto
Electroflash CLE . Auto exposure range from EV3 to 18 at ASA 100.
Release Button/Alignment Mark
Press to release lock for lens interchange. To mount lens , match red
index dot on lens mount to red index mark on camera, twist clockwise
30° until lens clicks into position.
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Eyepiece
Oversized eyepiece for easy viewing even with eyeglasses .
.--MAmln Holder
Frame holds film box tab as film-type reminder. ASA-DIN conversion
chart.
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NOTE: Specifications subject to change without notice.
MinoltaCLE
CLE Viewfinder Information
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6.
7.
LED shutter speed indicators.
LED flash-ready signal at 1/60
sec. position .
LED over/underexposure
range warning lights.
Superimposed focusing spot.
Viewfinder frame lines for
90mm lens automatically
appear when lens is mounted.
Viewfinder frame lines for
40mm lens automatically
appear when lens is mounted .
Viewfinder frame lines for
28mm lens.
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Hot Shoe
Accepts standard shoe-mount electronic flash units. Cordless
synchronization with hot-shoe units. Minolta Auto Electroflash CLE automatically switches camera shutter to X-synch
(1 /60 sec.) when shutter speed drops to 1/60 sec. or slower.
See page A14 for additional information .
Shutter Speed/Function Dial
''Pi,' sets camera on automatic mode and locks to prevent acci-
dental changing. When function lock release is depressed , the
''Pi,' can be moved to provide auto-exposure override up to ± 2 EV
using the adjacent scale ; turn further to set stepped speeds
from 1 to 1/ 1000 second, plus B. Pull outer ring up to set film
speeds from ASA 25 to ASA 1600.
Function Lock Release
Press button to move shutter speed dial off "p:,' (automaticexposure mode) setting for override co ntrol or manually
selected shutter speed .
Electromagnetic Shutter Release
Provides vibration less operation. The release features an
electrical sensor switch that activates the viewfinder LED
shutter speed display in the auto-exposure mode with the
touch of a finger. Slight pressure on the release also activates
metering system if proper contact is hindered by wearing
gloves. Further pressure triggers shutter. Release locks at low
vo ltage.
Exposure Counter
Additive type, resets automatically when camera back is
opened .
Film-Advance Lever
Advances film with a smooth, single 130° stroke. Has 30°
standoff from camera body for quick access .
Film Rewind Crank
Crank unfolds to rewind exposed film. Lift and turn to open
camera back for loading.
Battery Check Button
Push to monitor battery condition . LED on front of camera
lights to indicate sufficient power.
Film Release Button
Push in to disengage film-transport mechanism for rewinding
film . Button remains in while film is being rewound .
Tripod Socket
Sturdy socket, positioned on lens axis , accepts standard tripod mounting screw.
Battery Chamber
Holds two 1.5 volt silver-oxide or alkaline-manganese batteries which power all camera functions.
Remote Release Socket
Accepts both mechanical and electronic cable releases.
(Not shown .)
Size:
4Y. x 3' 132 X 15/ '6 in .
(124.5 x 77.5 x 32mm)
Weight :
13Y. oz.
(3759) without batteries
NOTE: Specifications subject to change without notice.
March , 1981
A13
Minolta CLE System Accessories
M-Rokkor Lenses
Newly designed, interchangeable wide angle, normal and telephoto lenses with
bayonet mount for use with the Minolta CLE.
28mm f/2.8 M-Rokkor
40mm f/2 M-Rokkor
90mm f/4 M-Rokkor
Aperture Scale: f/2.8-22
Diaphragm: Manual
Construction : '7 elements in 5 groups
Angle of View: 75°
Minimum Focus: 2 ft. 7 in.
FilterThread Diameter: 40.5mm
Coating: Minolta Achromatic
Size: 2 x 1 13/ 32 in.
Weight: 4314 oz.
Aperture Scale : f/2-16
Diaphragm: Manual
Construction : 6 elements in 4 groups
Angle of View: 57°
Minimum Focus : 2 ft. 7 in.
FilterThread Diameter: 40.5mm
Coating: Minolta Achromatic
Size: 2 x 1 in.
Weight: 3 11 /16 oz.
Aperture Scale: f/4-22
Diaphragm: Manual
Construction: 4 elements in 4 groups
Angle of View: 27°
Minimum Focus: 3 ft. 3 in.
FilterThread Diameter: 40.5mm
Coating: Minolta Achromatic
Size: 2 x 23/8 in.
Weight: 8 13 /16 oz.
Minolta Auto Electroflash CLE
Fully dedicated unit for through-the-Iens auto-flash exposures via Minolta's patented
Direct Metering System.
Wide Angle Flash
HotShoeMount--------------------------~
Clips onto camera hot shoe for cordless flash
synchronization. Camera control provision automatically switches to X-synch speed (1 /60 sec.).
Flash fires only when CLE's auto shutter speed
is 1/60 sec. or slower.
ASA Film Speed I 'dil~atl:)r----_
Slide for setting ASA from 25 to 400. Adjusts
green distance scale indicators for film in use.
Distance Scale------------.....
Green scales indicate auto-exposure range in
feet and meters for each aperture setting.
Normal/Wide Angle Diffuser
LED Indicators-----------------Lights to show if flash diffuser is in place and
indicates appropriate f/stop reference scale.
Flash Ready/Open Flash Button -----"'\
Lights when unit is charged. Allows flash to be
fired without exposing film.
On/Off Switch -----------------Convenient control for on/off power settings.
Power is switched off automatically when unit is
removed from hot shoe.
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March,1981
Covers field of view for lenses down to 40mm
normally, down to 28mm with built-in wide angle
diffuser. Balanced for daylight-type color film.
Battery Compartment
Holds two 1.5 volt AAA-size alkaline-manganese or sealed carbon-zinc batteries which
power camera's electronic functions.
Auto Electroflash CLE Specifications
Guide Number:
Normal
Wide
Feet, ASA 25
46
33
Meters, ASA 100
14
10
Flash Duration:
1 /40,0~0 to 1/3000 sec. in auto operation,
1/3000 sec. in manual operation.
Color Temperature:
Balanced for daylight-type color film
Auto Exposure Range:
Distance varies with aperture set and/or CLE's
auto exposure override. See back of unit
illustration for actual range at ASA 100.
Number of Flashes/Recycling Time:
C-Zn:
40/4
AM:
80/7
Size:
3 x 2 5/16 X 1V8 in.
(77 x 58 x 29mrn)
Weight:
3 3/8 oz. (95g) without batteries
NOTE: Specifications subject to change without notice.
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