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MinoltaWeathermatic 35 DL (Dual)

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1987. 35mm compact camera. Waterproof. Dual lens.

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Minolta: Weathermatic 35 DL (Dual) camera

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by bill339 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:03 pm

The Weathermatic 35DL issued by Minolta in 1987 is basically the same dual-focus compact camera as the Minolta AF-DL. The difference is the watertight camera body of the Weathermatic which makes it a real camera for aquanauts, with waterproofing to 5m (16.4ft). The electrically driven dual focus lens is hidden behind a water-tight window and the one 6V lithium or four AAA battery compartment is sealed. A big sports finder can be mounted to ease usage under water with goggles. A button on the back of the camera enables "macro" close-ups underwater. The camera was originally supplied in a bright yellow kit bag with several accessories like a two roll film carrier, underwater viewfinder frame, and a carry strap. The 35 DL is solid and made from high-quality plastics. Below water, it operates in fixed-focus mode. Above water, it utilizes an infrared active-type autofocus with a range of 0.75 m (2.5ft) to infinity. A focus hold feature is available. Shutter lock is indicated by a red light next to the viewfinder. The flash is fully automatic; it cannot be turned on or off and has no adjustable settings. Film loading, transport, and rewind are also fully automatic and the camera lacks a button to rewind film in mid-roll. The camera has a 3.5/35mm, switchable to 5.6/50mm lens and the viewfinder magnification changes when the lens is switched. Also it works best with 35mm films of 100 ASA or 400 ASA film speed. The weight without batteries is 275g and it floats in water. The dimensions are 132×69.5×51mm.

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