Minolta Dynax 500si

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Jim Evans (AXOTA) on November 27, 2013

What a collection Keith, presumably they are your own..This 35mm camera gets some good reviews but the 35 to 70mm kit lens is not so popular..

I'm guessing that you are still using this camera and film!

B est wishes!


skida on November 28, 2013

Hi and thanks Jim. My outdoor shots are almost exclusively film shots and I try to rotate the collection for usage. I had fallen out with auto-focus but this camera (and lens) is fun to use. The lens in particular has impressed me, but I can understand that some reviewers prefer bigger numbers - it isn't very fast at f4 and the reach isn't very long at 35-70. I also have the earlier f3.5-4.5 in the same zoom range and it is also a good performer. I suppose we can only shoot at one focal length at a time and if the subject suits the lens, who cares? I have tried to add a tag for each camera (work in progress), so it is easy to find results for each one.

My best to you, Keith

Philippe Buffard on December 20, 2013

It's my first really camera ;)

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 21, 2013

Hello Keith, thanks for the feed-back..It begs the question then, are you able to process the negatives yourself or do you choose the expensive option. I remember developing B+W film at school and thought that it was a hit and miss process..Now it occurs to me that my HP scanner can process 35mm negatives but I don't know how this works..

All the best!


skida on December 21, 2013

Hi Jim. I get my films dev and scanned to CD by the local Max Spielman's, £4.50 for 36 exp and £3.60 for 24 exp (with my loyalty card)and using this service I have the best of both worlds. The processing side doesn't attract me. 35mm cameras and lenses can be had for reasonable prices these days and I now own stuff I could only dream of way back in the day. Film photography requires a bit of thought and discipline, which enjoy, but when funds allow I will be getting a decent digital camera that can take my legacy glass.

Maybe your scanner has a detachable section in the lid that reveals a backlit slot for a film holder to fit in. If the film holder is missing. you can make one with card that is half the thickness of an old slide frame. I was given an HP scanner a few years ago and I had to do this.


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  • Uploaded on November 12, 2013
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    by skida
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX S3100
    • Taken on 2013/11/12 22:26:16
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