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Have you heard about the great little camera with the great big view? Itís the Minolta AF50 Big Finder, and itís a fun camera to use.

The AF50 Big Finder has an extra-large viewfinder, so you get a bigger, better view of your subject and scene. And the AF50 Big Finder is easy. Just frame your subject in the big viewfinder, then press the shutter button. Everythingís automatic.

The Minolta AF50 Big Finder is compact, lightweight, and easy to take along wherever you go. Itís a perfect travel companion, and it makes a great gift, too.

Features

Extra Large Viewfinder
The AF50 Big Finderís extra-large viewfinder offers a generous magnification of 0.6X. The subjects appear large and clear, making it easy to follow the action and compose the shot. In addition, the Bright Frame outline shows a clear guide for quick and accurate image framing.
 
High-Quality, All-Glass 27mm Lens
The AF50 Big Finderís 27mm lens is precision-crafted from high-quality optical glass, for sharp images with high contrast and true color rendition.
 
Precise Autofocusing
The AF50 Big Finderís automatic focusing system provides high-quality results with very simple operation. Precise infrared autofocusing ensures a clear, crisp focus even on low-contrast subjects, from as close as 3.28 feet (1 meter) to infinity. Combined with Minolta's high-quality all-glass lens, clear and sharp images are produced roll after roll. Additionally, a focus hold feature locks the focus so that the main subject can be creatively positioned anywhere in the viewfinder.
 
Programmed Autoexposure
The AF50 Big Finderís programmed automatic exposure system eliminates the need for complicated camera settings, and provides an optimum shutter-speed and aperture combination to ensure the best exposure in virtually any lighting condition. With programmed AE, the user is free to concentrate on the subject and scene.
 
Self-Timer
For photographers who want to appear in the picture with their friends and families, the AF50 Big Finder is equipped with a self-timer. Once the self-timer is activated, the camera takes the picture 10 seconds after the shutter-release button is pressed. The self-timer lamp on the front of the camera signals just before the picture is taken.
 
Automatic Film Transport
Film transport is completely automatic with the AF50 Big Finder. Simply position the 35mm film cartridge and leader, and close the cameraís back cover. The film will automatically advance to the first frame and then to subsequent frames after each shot. When the roll is finished, the film will rewind back into the cartridge automatically. Additionally, the film can be rewound at any time simply by pressing the rewind button.
 
Film Chamber Lock
The AF50 Big Finderís Film Chamber Lock is a safety feature adopted from Minoltaís Vectis line of cameras. When the film is loaded, the camera detects the filmstrip and locks the back cover so that it cannot be opened until the film is rewound into the cartridge. With this new security feature, your once-in-a-lifetime moments are protected from loss due to accidental exposure.
 
Slim, Compact, and Lightweight Body
The AF50 Big Finder is very easy to carry anywhere you go. Weighing only 5.8 ounces, this slim and compact camera is one of the lightest in its class. Slim rubber grips on the front of the camera body contribute to a firm and secure hold.
 
Versatile Flash Modes
The AF50 Big Finder's multi-function flash enables you to properly light your subject in a wide range of shooting conditions, by providing Autoflash, Fill-flash, and Flash Cancel modes. In addition to the Autoflash mode, which fires the flash in low-light situations, Fill-flash can be used to eliminate harsh shadows, or to give backlit subjects a better exposure. The Flash Cancel mode is ideal in situations where the use of flash is prohibited, such as in a museum.
 
Red-Eye Reduction
To reduce the unflattering red-eye effect common in flash-lit portraits, a red-eye reduction lamp on the front of the camera glows to close down the subjectís pupils before the flash is fired.
 
LCD Data Panel Display
An LCD data panel on top of the camera allows quick viewing of camera status including flash mode, self-timer use, low battery warning, number of frames taken, film transport, and film loaded.
 
Selectable Date/Time Imprinting (DATE model only)
The built-in quartz data back imprints the date or time right onto each photo. Data imprinting can be switched on or off as desired, and is very useful for cataloging photographs or keeping photo records of birthdays, weddings, graduations, and other important events.
 
Slim, Compact, and Lightweight Body
The AF50 Big Finder is very easy to carry anywhere you go. Weighing only 5.8 ounces, this slim and compact camera is one of the lightest in its class. Slim rubber grips on the front of the camera body contribute to a firm and secure hold.
 
Versatile Flash Modes
The AF50 Big Finder's multi-function flash enables you to properly light your subject in a wide range of shooting conditions, by providing Autoflash, Fill-flash, and Flash Cancel modes. In addition to the Autoflash mode, which fires the flash in low-light situations, Fill-flash can be used to eliminate harsh shadows, or to give backlit subjects a better exposure. The Flash Cancel mode is ideal in situations where the use of flash is prohibited, such as in a museum.
 
Red-Eye Reduction
To reduce the unflattering red-eye effect common in flash-lit portraits, a red-eye reduction lamp on the front of the camera glows to close down the subjectís pupils before the flash is fired.
 
LCD Data Panel Display
An LCD data panel on top of the camera allows quick viewing of camera status including flash mode, self-timer use, low battery warning, number of frames taken, film transport, and film loaded.
 
Selectable Date/Time Imprinting (DATE model only)
The built-in quartz data back imprints the date or time right onto each photo. Data imprinting can be switched on or off as desired, and is very useful for cataloging photographs or keeping photo records of birthdays, weddings, graduations, and other important events.
 
Specifications
 
Type:
35mm automatic lens-shutter camera with built-in lens and flash
 
Film:
35mm film cartridge
 
Lens:
27mm; f/5.6
 
Lens Construction:
All glass; 3 elements in 3 groups
 
Focusing:
Active infrared autofocusing; activated by pressing the shutter-release button partway down; focus lock available

Focusing Range:
3.28 ft. (1.0m) Ė infinity
 
Exposure:
Programmed AE
 
Metering Range:
(at ISO 100): EV 10.3 Ė 14
 
Shutter Speed Range:
1/40 - 1/250 second
 
ISO (film-speed) Setting:
Automatic for DX-coded film; (non DX-coded film set to ISO 100)
 
ISO Range:
ISO 100 Ė 400
 
Film Transport:
Automatic threading, auto advance to first frame, auto winding, auto rewind and auto rewind stop; manual start of rewind selectable; Film Chamber Lock included
 
Flash:
Built-in, fixed
 
Flash Modes:
Autoflash (in low-light), Fill Flash, Flash Cancel; red-eye function available
 
Flash Range:
(at ISO 100): 3.28 ft. Ė 9.18 ft. (1.0 - 2.8m); (at ISO 400): 3.28 ft. Ė 18.36 ft. (1.0 - 5.6m)
 
Flash Recycling Time:
Approx. 6 seconds
 
Self-Timer:
Approx. 10-second shutter-release delay
 
Viewfinder:
Albada type (with Bright Frame)
 
Field of View:
80% for subject at 9.8 feet (3m)
 
Magnification:
0.6X
 
Diopter:
-1 diopter for subject at 9.8 feet (3m)
 
Data Imprinting Formats (DATE model only):
Year, month, day / day, hour, minute / no imprinting / month, day, year / day, month, year
 
Batteries:
Two 1.5V AA alkaline or carbon-zinc batteries
 
Battery Performance:
Approx. 18 rolls (based on Minolta's standard test method using 24-exposure film with flash on 50% of exposures)
 
Dimensions (W x H x D):
Standard model: 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in. (111.5 x 66.5 x 36mm); DATE model: 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.5 in. (111.5 x 66.5 x 40mm)
 
Weight:
Standard model: 5.8 oz. (165g) without battery; DATE model: 5.9 oz. (170g) without battery

Specifications are based on the latest information available at the time of posting and are subject to change without notice.
 


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