Vintage Minolta Autocord RG1 TLR film camera
The Minolta Autocord RG V1 is a Twin-Lens Reflex (TLR) from the famous Japanese makers Minolta. This Model was made in 1961 and was one of the most popular model from the Autocord series. Just another TLR? No! this one is different from Rolleiflex, Rolleicord, Yashica Mat…
First of all, the focusing system consists of a bronze helicoid: this system is better than the other TLR’s since it is impossible to misadjust! The focusing is therefore made using a focusing knob located below the lenses (not on one side of the camera, unlike most of the TLRs). Focusing is very smooth and easy. The overall quality of construction can compete with pretty much any TLR, including Rolleiflex!
The other very interesting feature of the Autocord is the film transportation. Unlike all the other TLRs, the film is placed in the upper part of the camera and the empty spool in the lower part. As a consequence, the film is bent after being exposed, and not before! The film flatness is therefore excellent, better than in any other TLR.
The taking lens is a Chiyoko Rokkor 75mm 1:3.5, and the viewing lens is a slightly brighter 75mm 1:3.2. The quality of this lens is astonishing, some say it matches Xenar, Planar and even Xenotar lenses. The truth is that the difference is hard to tell, especially on small prints, but it’s definitely good value for money.
The Autocord has features-a-plenty: accessory shoe, flash sync, tripod socket,self-timer etc. The shutter is an Optiper-MVL and fire up to 1/500th.
Camera is in good vintage condition and working well mechanically. Shutter fires on all speeds and the self timer is working as well. It has age related wear. Some paint loss on the body. The viewing lens has minor cleaning marks. Not film tested.