Leica Minilux Zoom 35mm Rangefinder Film Camera
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- myomed1001Jan 22, 2012by
Leica Mini-Lux zoom Titanium body camera is the "Best in Class"!
This Leica zoom camera, is an excellent film camera, technically of the
point & shoot category, complete with original Leica flash, and the factory leather case
holds both items. Originally retailing for approximately $1200,
this camera is truly the ultimate in its class. Remarkable optics, for which
Leica is renowned, ease of use, the precision and durability make this
camera a joy to own and use, as well as an sound investment.
I own the Leica Mini-Lux with fixed lens in Titanium, and also wanted to acquire this Mini-Lux zoom model, which came out just after I purchased the Mini-Lux
several years ago. I have the less expensive, plastic body Leica zoom
camera, and a 1930s model working Leica A-3. This is a superb addition
to my fleet of cameras, and an excellent value!Read full review
- zdp189Feb 1, 2010by
Top Tier Zoom Film Compact
If you're in the market for a top quality Zoom-capable film compacts, then you really can't go wrong with a Leica Minilux Zoom.
Aside from the Leica CM, the closest competitor is the Contax TVS II. While the look, size, weight, build quality, finish, optical quality, built-in flash and metering of the two cameras is comparable (if not identical), there are some key differences to note.
+ Much larger viewfinder
+ Shutter speed shown in finder
+ Aperture control
+ Flash remembers last setting when switched off
+ EV bias remembers last setting when switched off
+ Quicker start time
+ Mechanical zoom dial
+ Shorter focal lengths
+ Flash hot shoe
+ Flash slow sync
+ External flash has two modes for shooting with wide or small aperture
+ Longer focal lengths
I own both and would pick the Contax TVS II for my style of general walkabout shooting, but the Minilux Zoom if I wanted to shoot more flash. Partly this is because I prefer a shorter focal length and a more micro-managed shooting process, but these are just my personal preferences. If you would generally use the camera in P mode, the Leica is fast and intuitive and even an expert would have a hard time telling apart rolls of film shot by the two.
Both cameras are luxurious and robust, have superb glass for a compact and offer both AF and manual focussing, multi flash mode, EV compensation and a premium user experience. Both were rich-man's cameras but are now affordable by the average shooter. Put that way, you could buy both~!Read full review
- englfJul 10, 2010by
the Minilux Zoom, a under-rated camera
Everybody hates the minilux zoom, from a small view finder to a detachable lens cap to slow lens. Everybody loves to pan this camera.
Well, I bought a zoom, developed couple of rolls of pix from this camera, sold it off, kept thinking about it and I bought another one.
It's an advanced camera, it is point and shoot, but comes with optional distance focusing as well (scale focusing), it has EV compensation for cat on snow pictures and it comes with a flash. The slow lens (f3.5 - f6.7 ?) is slow but non standard aperture auto selection makes this interesting, eg. f3.5 but 1/45 speed is not something you see on other SLRs. THe the availability of fast speed films, a slow lens with fast film makes it okay for available light shooting (ie. no flash), eg. a fujifilm 1600 iso + f3.5 should cover most indoor shots. For slower film or dark places, the built-in flash comes handy. There is also an option for an external flash (Leica CF flash) as well.
It isn't perfect, especially when compared to its cousin, the Minilux featuring the world-class summarit f2.4 lens. But as far as Leica Glass goes, Vario-Elmar isn't bad at all.
Best of all, the Minilux Zoom is cheap to own, prices has been dropping to 150USD. Making it one of the better bargains out there. This camera came out in the 1990s but it is still miles better than the later point and shoot Leica cameras (C1, C2 and C3).
ps. you can check out my images i took in May during a trip to South Asia.
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