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The Minolta 16 EE II was introduced in 1963. Equally short lived as the 16EE, production continued until 1965. A very similar in size to the 16EE it features a CdS meter in place of the selenium meter and requiring a PX625 battery or a Wein Cell MRB625 1.35v. The shutter speed was not pre-selected by the film speed
The film speed is set by a dial surrounding the CdS meter. On back, left hand side, of the camera is a dial to set the shutter speed L- low for 1/50th and H- High for 1/200th second. The CdS meter adjusts the aperture from f2.8 to f16. When shooting with a flash the switch is set to F. This fixes the aperture to f11 and the shutter speed to 1/30 second. The shutter release has a built-in cable release socket. The base has a tripod socket which is used to hold the flash bracket / cold shoe.
A switch on the base sets focus to portrait (2.5 metres (6-7 feet)) for close up and landscape (5 metres (16 feet) to infinity). Two close up lens where available. No. 1 is designed for close-up of 1.2M (about 4 feet), No.2 for close-ups of 0.7m (about 2.5 feet). The viewer has a line to indicate a parallax correction when taking subjects at less than 1m.
The UV filter was supplied with the camera and is removable. Filters and close up lens where supplied in a plastic case. 1A, 81A and 80A as the filter set and the Y48 (Yellow) filter supplied with No.1 and No.2 close-up lenses. Filters are interchangeable with the 16EE.
The camera was also supplied with a a zip up case and wrist strap.
The Minolta 16 Cds is the same model as Minolta 16 EE2 for the USA market. The name change is shown on the handbook.
In 1964, the camera cost about £29. The last list price, in 1965, in the USA was $89.50.
|Years of production||1963-1965|
|Shutter Speeds||1/30 (Flash), 1/50 (Low), 1/200 (High)|
|Film Speed||25-320 ASA (15-26 DIN)|
|Flash sync.|| AG bulb
|Finishes||chrome/grey plastic front|
|Battery||PX625 battery or a Wein Cell MRB625 1.35v.|
|Supplied||case, wrist strap, UV Filter|
|Manuals||English: MEB304 I, MEB304|
|Dimensions||112x55x32mm (4 9/16 x 2 1/8 x 1 1/4 inches)|
|Weight||275g (9 1/2 oz)|
|Filters||UV, Y48(Yellow), 1A-skylight (1.1x), 80A (3.2x), 81B (1.3x).|
|Auxiliary lenses||Close-up #1, #2.|
|Attachment Sets||No.1, No.2, Y48
1A, 80A, 81B
|Flash and Tripod Clamp||C clamp holds flash unit and includes a tripod socket - compatible with those used for the P and Ps.|
|Flash||Baby BC III Flashgun with flip up reflector|
|Enlarger||Minolta Mini Enlarger with f4.5 30mm Rokkor lens.|
|Minolta Viewer||Built in illuminator magnification x9|
Last Updated on 24th May 2005