Minolta TC-1

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The TC-1 was a high-end, titanium-bodied compact autofocus 35mm camera produced by Minolta from 1996–2005.

It is primary an aperture priority camera. It has center-weighted and spot meter modes with a sensitivity of 1.5 to 17 EV in center and 2.5 to 17 in spot mode. The optics features a Minolta G-Rokkor branded 28mm f/3.5 lens constructed with 5 elements in 5 groups. The lens aperture can be adjusted on top of the lens in 16, 8, 5.6 and 3.5. Manual focus is possible with 22 preset distances. Exposure compensation is available in half stops of ±4. There is a built-in flash with a GN of 7 (ISO100). There are three modes, on, fill flash and off. The self timer can be delayed 2 or 10 seconds.

Half pressing the shutter button will display the shutter speed, focus distance, focus confirmation in the viewfinder. The viewfinder has a diopter correction of -2.5 to +1. Inside it displays the shutter speed 8, 30, 125 and 500. While that may seem limited, the LED's have multiple states. Focus distance is displayed on the bottom with 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2, 5 m and inf.

The film transport is motorized with auto advance and rewind. DX-coded film ISO can also be overridden. It is powered by a CR123A battery. The TC-1 has a battery saving function that will turn the camera off in 3 minutes of inactivity.


LED Shutter speed
8 (blink) 1/6 ~ 8 sec
8 1/10 ~ 1/6
30 & 8 1/20 ~ 1/10
30 1/45 ~ 1/20
125 & 30 1/90 ~ 1/45
125 1/180 ~ 1/90
500 & 125 1/350 ~ 1/180
500 (blink) 1/750 ~ 1/750 (aperture priority)

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