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Karen Lewis-Gunn
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/2/2003

Minolta SLR/SRT 1016

I have acquired one of these cameras. It is quite old and has no manual. I am trying to work out how to use some of the features. There is a fairly large button at the base of the camera that you press in with your right hand that seems to sometimes dims the image through the view finder. I thought it might be a DOF preview? but I cant seem to work it out. Any ideas?
I also want to know where the exposure indicator needle (visable through the view finder) needs to be pointing when the exposure is correct? Is it supposed to be horizontal? If anyone knows about this camera I would be most grateful to hear from you. Karen.

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6/19/2003 2:42:52 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  See for a link free online manuals for the SRT-101 and other older Minolta cameras. Manuals for newer Minolta cameras are available at

The button you describe that dims the viewfinder is the DOF preview. The viewfinder goes dim because the lens aperture is wide open for metering and focus and closes down when the shutter button is pressed. When you press the DOF preview button it closes the lens aperture down to the setting chosen. Once you get aclimated to the dimmer view, you'll see the extended depth of field.

The meter is match needle. You set the aperture and shutter speed so that the needle with the ring on the end is aligned with the other needle.

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6/19/2003 8:34:17 AM

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