Comparison of the Minolta SR-7 and SRT 101

It is interesting to see how camera design evolved when you compare the Minolta SR-7 and
the SR T 101

The SR-7 was released in 1962. In 1966 it was followed by the SR T 101. The two cameras share many features, as the following pictures demonstrate, yet the SR T 101 definitely has a new look to it. Mainly, because of the larger (and in my opinion, less elegant) prism housing.

The body of the SR T 101 is taller by a few millimeters. So is the column of the shutter speed dial, which makes it easier to grab. I guess the extra height was required, because of the larger (bulkier) prism housing.



In closed postition, the backs of the two cameras are virtually the same. But, when you open the back, two differences are revealed: 1) the pressure plate of the SR T 101 is larger (apparently this helps to keep the film flatter), and 2) the take-up spool has those infamous grey film guides that can fairly easily break off. Minolta stayed with this very unsophisticated take-up spool design for many-many years, which is a puzzle, as it definitely could not be called everyone's favourite.

One more small detail to notice is the plastic tip on the film advance lever of the SR T 101.

The bottom of the two cameras is the same. Here we see the battery door (both cameras use the long discontinued 1.3 volt mercury battery, such as the Varta V 625 PX), and the light meter switch. I don't particularly like this switch, as it is slow to operate and easy to forget to turn off between shots - the consequences of which are quite obvious.

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