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by bill339 » Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:28 pm

The Yashica Minister D 35mm rangefinder camera was manufactured in Japan beginning in 1963. The main change from the Yashica Minister III was the new CdS meter cell mounted below the rewind crank. However the light meter remained uncoupled from the exposure settings on the lens barrel. The Minister 700 is a variant of the same camera but with a faster, f/1.7 lens. The light meter indicator on the D model measures light from 3 to 17 LV (Light Value). The Minister D has a Yashinon 45mm f/2.8 with a focus range 80cm-infinity, Copal-SVL leaf shutter with speeds up 1/500 of a second plus B, a self-timer delay, eye-level rangefinder with parallax correction viewfinder, a cold shoe with PC socket, X and M sync modes, manual plus quasi-shutter-priority exposure modes, a single action manual lever film advance with double-exposure prevention, and a ΒΌ inch 20 thread tripod socket. The light meter works off an internally housed Mallory PX-13 or 625 button cell battery. The lens barrel has an LVS (Light Value Setting) ring to set the exposure level. The ring has LV numbers from 2 to 17. Turning the LVS ring alone adjusts the aperture ring automatically to maintain the same exposure level, giving this camera a kind of shutter-priority mode. Reaching the minimum or maximum aperture will then automatically turn the shutter ring too. Much of the information gleaned from

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