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Minolta Freedom III 35mm point-and-shoot camera

Minolta Freedom III 35mm point-and-shoot camera

Regular price $82.00 USD
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The Minolta Freedom III (sold as the AF-Z or MAC-7 in other countries) was the top model in the company's Freedom line. It's a sleek and easy-to-use camera. It features an excellent 35mm f/2.8 lens (4 elements in 4 groups).  

This camera requires either a CRP2 lithium battery (available as an option) or 4 ordinary AAA batteries (not included). In our tests we found the AAA batteries took slightly longer for the flash to recharge than the lithium battery. 

Condition notes
We film tested this camera and it delivered sharp, correctly exposed images. The camera is in overall very good cosmetic condition except there is some cracking on the rubber grip (very typical for Minolta cameras from the late 1980s). We patched a spot where the rubber was missing with epoxy and matte black lacquer. 

Example photos
Here are some example photos that other people have taken with this model of camera (the AF-Z is the same camera as the Freedom III:




  • Type: Compact autofocus 35mm camera with full-information LCD panel
  • Lens: Minolta 35mm f/2.8 lens, 4 elements in 4 groups; angle of view: 63°
  • Focusing: Infrared active-type autofocus with cancelable focus hold; range: 0.65m (2.1 ft.) to infinity
  • Exposure system: Coupled AE range at ISO 100: EV 8.4 (1/40 sec., f/2.8) to EV 18 (1/800 sec., f/18); built-in flash automatically fires below EV8.4
  • Film-speed setting: Automatic with ISO 25 to 1600 DX-coded films; ISO 100 set when using films without DX coding
  • Viewfinder: Bright-frame type with autofocus zone, normal-framing and close framing guides; green LED (focus/focus hold, beyond flash range), red LED (flash wait); magnification: 0.6X; power: —1D
  • Film transport: Automatic threading, advance to first frame, single-frame or continuous winding, rewind, and rewind stop; manual start of auto rewind possible
  • Flash range:
    • Film speed (ISO):Flash range
    • 25: 0.65-2m
    • 50: 0.65 — 2.8m
    • 100: 0.65 — 4m
    • 200: 0.65 — 5.6m
    • 400: 0.65 — 8m
    • 1000: 0.65- 12.8m
    • 1600: 1 - 16m
  • Power: 6v lithium battery pack (Duracell DL223A, CRP2, National BR-P2N), or four AAA-size alkaline-manganese batteries
  • Flash recycle times: Lithium battery pack (DL223A): 1.2 sec.
  • Alkaline-manganese batteries: 1.8 sec.
  • Battery performance: Lithium battery pack (DL223A): 50 rolls
  • Alkaline-manganese batteries: 18 rolls (Based on Minolta's standard test method, using 24-exposure film with flash on 50% of exposures)
  • Self-timer: Electronic for approx. 10 sec. delay
  • Dimensions: 135 x 72 x 40mm (5-5/16 x 2-13/16 x 1-9/16 in.)
  • Weight: 295g {10-3/8 oz.) without batteries
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