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Minolta AF50 Big Finder 35mm Compact Point & Click Film Camera


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The Minolta AF50 Big Finder is a point-and-shoot camera for 35mm film, made by (or for) Minolta in 1997. It is one of many point-and-shoot cameras of that time which boast of a big viewfinder, perhaps easy to use while wearing spectacles. It is one of the better-specified of the type, having auto-focus, down to one metre, rather than fixed focus. In fact it has focus lock (where the user focuses on one subject with a half-press of the shutter release, then reframes while holding the button).

The camera has a 27mm f/5.6 triplet lens. It requires DX-coded film cassettes, in the range ISO 100 – 400; with uncoded film, the camera is set to ISO 100. Exposure is also automatic, with shutter speeds from 1/40 to 1/250 second. Like all the ‘big finder’ cameras, it has a built-in flash. Again, this is one of the better-specified examples, having red-eye reduction, a fill flash setting and a flash override setting (i.e. no flash). It has motor film advance and rewind, and the film compartment locks so that it cannot be opened until the film has been rewound. There is a self-timer setting.

The camera uses two AA batteries.

Every camera we sell is vigorously inspected by our team. Our ten-part inspection method includes the following checks:

  1. Lens - we check for any mould, dust, haze, dirt, cracks and air bubbles. Where possible we clean/remove any imperfections – any remaining are noted.
  2. Zoom – we inspect both manual and power zoom work smoothly. Any issues are noted.
  3. Focus – we check that manual focus is smooth and works well. If automatic focus is included as a feature that is also checked.
  4. Motor / Claw – we check that the motor runs smoothly at all advertised speeds and that the film claw has sufficient torque to advance film.
  5. Filmgate – this is inspected and any dirt or hair is removed.
  6. Lightmeter – the lightmeter is inspected to ensure it automatically reacts correctly to light. Manual aperture control and/or backlight is also checked if included as a feature.
  7. Viewfinder – we inspect for mould, dust and haze or damage. Where possible we clean/remove any imperfections – any remaining is noted.
  8. Battery terminals - we inspect for rust/corrosion, cleaning and repairing where needed.
  9. Body – where possible we clean any imperfections. Any remaining cosmetic damage is noted.
  10. Additional Features – all additional model specific features (such as timelapse or crossfade) are checked for functionality.

Unless specifically mentioned in the product description, all items sold through our website have passed the above inspection and are fully working. With thousands of sales under our belt and 3000+ positive reviews our customers have found that our inspections are comprehensive and correctly reflect the condition of the camera. In the unlikely case that there is an issue, we offer a full 60 day warranty – allowing you plenty of time to check the camera yourself.


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Where we sell vintage products that have been used and loved for many years, all our items are vigorously inspected by our team of experts before listing. Unless noted otherwise, all our items have been fully tested and are working correctly and come with 30 day no-quibble returns and a  full 60 day warranty – we believe this will give you enough time to test the product for yourself to ensure you’re happy with it.

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