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REVIEW: Minolta AF-Tele Super

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-10-24

Minolta AF-Tele Super

Introduced: 1988
This camera can also go  under the name Minolta Freedom Tele


Specs:

Lens: 38mm f/2.8 and 80mm f/5.6 (Dual lens system)
Closest Focus: 0.7m (2.3ft)
Aperture: f/2.8 to f/18 at 38mm and f/5.6 to f/36 at 80mm
Shutter: 1/400s to 1/8s
Leaf shutter
Light meter: yes (Iso 50 - 3200 DX coded film)
Battery: One 2CR5 lithium 6V (or similar)
Flash: Yes, built in only
Weight: 340g (without battery)

Self-timer (10 sec)
Auto focus and exposure

Takes 135 film
24×36 mm negative size


Viewfinder:

Not the biggest one but do the job well.
Good brightness and all the info you might need in a point and click camera.



Image quality


Analogue B&W film

Minolta AF-Tele Super
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38mm    -   80mm

Minolta AF-Tele Super
Minolta AF-Tele Super
Minolta AF-Tele Super
Minolta AF-Tele Super
Minolta AF-Tele Super
Minolta AF-Tele Super
Minolta AF-Tele Super
Minolta AF-Tele Super
Minolta AF-Tele Super


Bokeh

Minolta AF-Tele Super
Minolta AF-Tele Super
Minolta AF-Tele Super

Flare / Backlight
Minolta AF-Tele Super
Minolta AF-Tele Super
Minolta AF-Tele Super


Build quality

Very plasticy and not the best feel but still quite robust.
 
Operating
Minolta AF-Tele Super


Conclusion


First camera I test with a so called twin lens system which I first thought was just a regular zoom lens with just two focal length settings.
But no when you switch lens to 80mm it also adds an extra lens element.

First impression of this was the size.
It's quite big and not much smaller than a small SLR with a pancake lens.
But carry around a 38 and 80mm lens with that SLR and it would be of course bigger and heavier.

Image quality is not that bad for a compact camera.
Is best at 38mm where it's fairly sharp and renders well.
Change it to the 80mm and it gets somewhat flat and it also gets a bit soft.
Nice bokeh and flare but backlight can be a problem sometimes.

Operating the camera works very well with fast and mostly accurate AF system.
Light meter did give some overexposed shots but worked well in most cases.

Can se this to work great for street or occasion where you want a fast working camera and don't want to drag around your big SLR.


Thumbs up:
Image quality
AF system
Lightweight
Fast to work with

Thumbs down:
Flat contrast at 80mm
Plastic / Feel
Size



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Film: Kodak Tri-X 400
Developer: Kodak D76

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