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1996. APS compact SLR camera.

Minolta: Vectis S-1 camera

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by bill339 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:06 pm

The Minolta Vectis S-series comprises two APS system models of film SLR cameras made by Minolta, the flagship model Vectis S-1 and the Vectis S-100. The cameras feature a compact design, owing to the use of mirrors instead of prisms in the viewfinder. The Vectis V-lenses used by these models are not compatible with any other lens mount, including Minolta's 35mm A-mount and SR-mount systems, and there are no options to adapt them to other camera systems since the aperture and focus are controlled electronically, the image circle of the lenses captures the APS formats, and the flange focal distance of the V-mount is only 36.00 mm. Only an early DSLR camera body, the Minolta Dimâge RD 3000, also used the V-lens mount. The Vectis brand was also shared with a number of small APS rangefinder cameras with fixed lenses, including the waterproof Vectis Weathermatic and Vectis GX series. The model numbers of these cameras don't include the S prefix used for the SLR series. S-1 cameras sold in the United States came in a silver/pewter color only, but in some other countries (Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands and perhaps elsewhere in Europe) a black (some say dark slate gray) body was available. Combined with the 22-80 and 80-240mm zoom lenses, the S-1 makes a light and compact kit for travel photogaphy. Both of these lenses allow switching to manual focus. Some users prefer the 25-150 lens for the range covered in a single lens. The 25-150 does not have the manual focus option. Standard "kit" lenses for the S-1 were the 28-56 and 56-170mm. The autofocus is switchable to manual focusing by pressing the shutter release button halfway and turning the focusing ring of the lens tube. Some lenses don't support that feature but can be switched to manual focusing with the AF/M button on the lens barrel. The Vectis S-1 was released in 1996 and manufactured by Minolta’s plant in Malaysia.

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