Minolta Weathermatic A

Housed in a miniature submarine

Back around 1980 I decided to get a 110 camera to carry fishing and hunting that I would not have to worry about. I chose the Minolta Weathermatic A watertight pocket camera. The bright yellow, easy to find, color and the large, glove friendly, controls were very helpful.

The lens is a Rokkor 1:3.5/26mm f/3.5 zone-focusing (4 coated glass elements in three groups) beauty, focusing from 3 feet to infinity, using a continuous-control knob. There was even a table engraved on the bottom showing the distance for each symbol.

The shutter is mechanical with a single speed of 1/200. 3 apertures are selectable with a knob, one for sun, one for clouds or one for flash. The viewfinder had a bright frame finder with parallax correction marks, low light indicator and focusing symbols.

The flash and Cds (light meter), powered by a single AA battery, is built-in and selectable with an aperture switch. The film advances by a large lever on the bottom. The wrist strap has the actual flash range for ASA 100 and ASA 400 film.

I never tested the maximum diving depth of 16 feet but it was floating around in the bottom of the boat a few times. In camera shops they would have a sample in a fish bowl for a display unit. This one was hollow and weighted to stay on the bottom. The actual camera floats.

It was the first waterproof 110 camera and did a great job. I was always pleased with my photos. I used it until about 1987 when I upgraded to the Minolta Weathermatic Dual 35 Camera (35mm).

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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