Minolta 16EE II/Cds- introduction

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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
Lens 25mm Rokkor 
Aperture f2.8-16
Shutter Speeds 1/30 (Flash), 1/50 (Low), 1/200 (High)
Film Speed 25-320 ASA (15-26 DIN)
Flash sync. AG bulb
electronic flash
Negative Size 10x14mm
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
Projector Mini 16
Enlarger Minolta Mini Enlarger with f4.5 30mm Rokkor lens.
Minolta Viewer Built in illuminator magnification x9
Developing Tank  

Last Updated on 24th May 2005