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For a small group, but decided, the Minolta SRT series cameras are still a viable way to SLR photography. While the cameras themselves have been out of production for over twenty years and Minolta exited the camera business in 2006, srts Minolta are still a hot commodity on eBay, and pawnshops to use the camera dealers.

Minolta no longer makes cameras and digital SLR cameras are now the king of the hill the camera. Despite these factors, the SRT camera line continues to produce great images. The SRT101 started the series when it was introduced in 1966. In the next 15 years, produced Minolta SRT100, SRT102, SRT200, 201 and 202. The SRT series also appeared with other names outside the U.S.. In addition, Minolta SRT-MC produced that is mainly sold by K-Mart. A similar model, the SRT-SC was sold by JC Penny.

With the wide distribution and sturdy metal construction, one can understand srts why so many survive today. However, it would seem to be hopelessly outdated compared to the fine array of digital cameras. Why would anyone want one of these old warhorses instead of a digital SLR camera?

Make no mistake, offer digital SLR cameras a number of advantages not film SLR can match. SLR cameras allow a preview of shots, you can transfer images to your computer for editing and can be use the same memory card again and again. In addition to not offer the digital features, the SRT lacks auto-focus, dedicated flash, exposure program film advance and auto – which is a fairly broad list of modern features photographers have come to expect from an SLR camera.

However, it is missing features that make the camera attractive to users that are produced. Without electronics, SRT photographer returns to a time of one's knowledge is crucial for successful imaging. A pure camera manual, SRT forces users to learn photography from the ground level. Many users are using a B s as a prelude to learning how to photograph before wasting a full DSLR highlights.

Another attractive aspect is the cost. Although a number of enthusiastic collectors Minolta, srts and there were many and many were well preserved by their owners, good, are still used srts abundant. While Premier srts can become highly collectible, for now you can easily get a good model usable with lens less than a hundred dollars. A little searching can be reached muxhO models much less.

Even better, there literately tons of lenses available for these cameras. Minolta, of course, produces most of these lenses, X under the brand names Rokker and Celtic. Vivitar, Tamron, Soligor and many others excellent lenses to adapt production the B series. Unlike the auto-focus lens Minolta Mount that can be used both Sony and Minolta dSLR, the X-mount lenses will not fit any dSLR without an adapter. This means you can find some excellent bargains X lens mount. As more and more users switch to digital, its old Rokkor X lenses end up in the auction. The SRT marksman can find some really rare and excellent lenses at a price that does not strain the budget.

Of course there are some caveats. If you must happen in an SRT model, you have to remember that it is at least twenty years old and the original SRT have been around for over forty years. Bad things can happen to a camera after all this time, especially if it has been sitting unused in a closet somewhere.

Although srts have a reputation for reliability, always check the camera carefully before buying. After a while, the shutter speed have been known to become inaccurate, requiring repair To maintain good exposure, the seals around the back of the camera can start disintegrating, allowing light into the camera. New seals are available and is a fairly simple solution.

Without doubt, the biggest worry is the lack of an internal battery for the meter of the camera. The Metro in the series of the SRT is very precise, but was designed to use a 1.35v PX-625 mercury cell. Environmental concerns ended production of these cells mercury, and silver oxide cell is not available at the right voltage. This is really a paper tiger. Using a silver oxide battery does not seem to affect meter reading to a large extent. If you were using 1960's era film, which had very narrow latitude, the voltage difference can be critical. With the wide latitude films today, I used the easy access MS76 1.5v silver oxide cell with excellent results. Also, the camera works well without a battery, so you could use a handheld light meter.

If you really want to learn basic photography, there's no better way to start than a DSLR good manual. And there are few manual SLR cameras that offer reliability and accessory options at lower prices as Minolta SRT.

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For more information on the SRT models, visit the SRT page on squidoo: http://www.squidoo.com/minoltasrt/

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For additional photography tips and ideas, try http://alphatracks.com where you will find digital cameras and general photography articles.

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Tom Bonner provides photography and web design services to clients in the Gastonia, North Carolina area. You can find out more about Tom at http://adventuresindesign.com

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