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Minolta Freedom III 35mm Compact Point & Click Film Camera


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The Minolta Freedom III / Freedom 3 is a compact camera. It was introduced in the mid-1980s. The model was produced by the Asian company in a factory in Japan. The Freedom III was mainly sold on the North American market. It was available to photographers in other parts of the world under the names “Minolta MAC-7” and “Minolta AF-Z“.

The lens of the camera is fixed. The name “Minolta Lens” adorns the lens. The focal length is 35 mm and the widest aperture of the lens is f/2.8. There is no need to focus manually with the Minolta Freedom III. The camera has an autofocus system. The closest focusing distance for this lens is listed as 65 cm. This is the minimum distance you need to keep in order to get sharp images.

The photo camera has a built-in exposure meter. It can be used with films from ISO 25 to ISO 1600. The camera technology uses a sensor to determine the correct film speed via the DX code. If this code is missing, the camera always sets a value of ISO 100. The aperture and shutter speed are set automatically by the 35 mm camera. There is no exposure compensation.

The built-in flash provides sufficient light. 4 meters is the specified range at a sensitivity of ISO 100 with the automatic flash. Additionally, there is a mode where the flash can be used as fill-in flash. A self-timer is also available.

The 35mm camera has a thread for a tripod on the bottom. There is also an attachment for a camera strap. The dimensions of the Minolta Freedom III are 13.5 x 7.2 x 4 cm. It weighs 295 grams with its black body.

The camera requires one DL223 battery (eBay / Amazon). Alternatively, however, you can use four AAA batteries if you don’t have direct access to the other battery type. Depending on the battery type, you can take about 1200 or 430 photos with one battery charge.

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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