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Minolta Freedom Zoom Explorer EX 35mm camera w/ case (serial 35104509)

Minolta Freedom Zoom Explorer EX 35mm camera w/ case (serial 35104509)

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The Minolta Freedom Zoom Explorer EX (called the Riva Zoom 75W in some countries) is one of our favourite 35mm zoom point-and-shoot designs--both in terms of looks and features.

This quality 35mm camera offers a very handy zoom range from 28-75mm. The camera is well appointed with features (including its very nice lens with two aspherical elements) and has a very elegant industrial design (the retracting lens cover and swivel-up flash are very retro-futurist). 

This camera is a subtle update to the also-great Freedom Explorer/Riva Zoom 70W, the primary difference being a lens redesign that gives slightly more zooming range.

Battery info

The camera requires a CR123A lithium battery (optional).

Condition notes

The camera's functions were tested with batteries and a roll of film (the film was not developed). All modes are working correctly. The camera is in excellent cosmetic condition (see photos). We confirmed the film plane focus accuracy using an autocollimator. A Minolta case is included (but in somewhat worn condition).

Example photos

Here are some pictures taken by other people using this model of camera


  • Lens: 28-75mm 1/3.5-8.9 power zoom lens with 4 elements in 4 groups
  • Focusing: 3-beam, active infrared autofocus system with focus lock;
  • Focusing range: 0.4m - ∞ (16 in. - ∞), Close-up: 0.4m - 1.0 (16 in. - 3.3 ft.); Maximum magnification 1/4.3X
  • Exposure: Center-weighted metering:
  • Metering range (ISO 100): 28mm: EV 2.6 - 17, 75mm: EV 3.3 - 17;
  • Film speed range: Automatic setting for DX-coded film ISO 25-3200 in 1EV steps
  • Film transport: Auto advance to first frame, auto rewind, auto threading, manual start of rewind possible; continuous drive: 1.2 sec./frame (without flash)
  • Flash: Retractable, built-in flash, flashmatic with intensity control;
  • Recycling time: approx. 0.3 - 7 sec.; Range (ISO 100): 28mm:
  • 0.4 - 5.9m (16 in.- 19.4 ft.), 75mm: 0.4 - 2.3m (16 in, - 7.5 ft.)
  • Viewfinder: Real-image zoom; Diopter (subject at 3m/10 ft.): -1 diopter
  • Battery: One 3-volt CR123A or DL123A lithium battery; Battery performance: Approx. 13 rolls (24 exp. roll w/ 50% flash)
  • Dimensions: 121 x 66.5 x 44mm (4-3/4 x 2-5/8x 1-3/4 in.)
  • Weight: 245g (8.64 oz.)
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