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Minolta AF-S V "Talker" 35mm camera (serial 8063438)

Minolta AF-S V "Talker" 35mm camera (serial 8063438)

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The AF-S V "Talker" is a superb 80's Minolta point-and-shoot with illuminated auto-focus confirmation icons in its viewfinder (one of my favourite features in that generation of compact cameras) and an optional "talking" mode. 

When the 'talking' feature is switched on, the camera will warn you in a lo-fi voice to 'Load film!' if the film isn't loaded or 'check distance' if you're too close for a flash photo. The talking can be switched off when the novelty fades (after about five seconds for me), leaving you with a very nice conventional compact camera built around a sharp 4-element 35mm f/2.8 Rokkor lens.

The film speed is manually set from ISO 25 to ISO 1000 by a dial around the lens. The camera requires two AA batteries (not included).

Vintage TV ad (English version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=20&v=kPVEJUd7bZo
(Note: the voice is much lower fidelity in reality!)

Example photos
Here are some pictures other people have taken with the Minolta AF-S V: https://www.lomography.com/cameras/3337501-minolta-af-s/photos


Condition notes
The camera is in very good cosmetic condition (see photos) and is working perfectly. We verified the accuracy of the film plane focus on an autocollimator and confirmed the camera's very good auto-exposure accuracy using a calibrated light source and a shutter tester. The only minor issue we encountered is the incredibly annoying 'talking' novelty mode sometimes does us the mercy of not turning on unless we click the switch a second time. 

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