Minolta AF-C

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The AF-C is a very nice and very good little camera. It is completely automatic. The only thing the photographer sets manually is the ISO value of the used film. Exposure, shutter and focus are all regulated by the camera. The AF-C always did a good job, pictures are of outstanding quality, also due to the Minolta 35mm f/2.8 lens. Check Flickr for sample images taken with this camera.

The AF-C is being activated by sliding down the lenscap. Two LED's inside the viewfinder indicate correct focus or low light. An additional flashunit, the EF-C, could be bought for it. The flash unit is screwed to the side of the camera and works automatically if needed. A Quartz Data Back C was also sold.

The original model is black, later a silver version was also released, where the film speed may be set as high as ISO 1000.


  • Lens: 35 mm f/2,8 (6 elements/6 groups)
  • Shutter: Seikosha ESF between-the-lens shutter, 1/8–1/430 s, X-sync at 1/40 s. Electronic self-timer.
  • Focus: Active infrared autofocus, 0,9 m to infinity. Half-press to lock focus.
  • Exposure: Programmed exposure from EV 6 (1/8 s, f/2,8) to EV 17 (1/430 s, f/17).
  • Film speed: Manually set in 1/3 stops, 100–400 ISO on early copies, 100–1000 on later ones.
  • Finder: Bright frame finder, 0,47x magnification. LED indicators for low light and focus confirmation.
  • Film transport: Thumb wheel advance, rewind crank.
  • Flash: Dedicated clip-on flash, flashmatic exposure control.
  • Power: 4 x SR44 or 4 x LR 44 button cells or 2 x CR1/3N lithium cells. 2xAA batteries for flash.
  • Dimensions: 105 x 67,5 x 42 mm.
  • Weight: 215 g without batteries.