Minolta 16MG-s - introduction

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In 1970 the Minolta 16 MG-s was introduced with a CdS match-needle system and manufactured until 1974. The lens is a 23mm f2.8 and a shutter with a range of 1/30 to 1/500s.  Very slightly larger than the MG at 107.5 x 46 x 26.5mm and weighing 210g. 

The most significant improvement over all previous models is the increase in negative size to 12x17mm. This requires the use of un-perforated film or at least single sided perforations; so 16mm film could still be cut to length and loaded in the cassettes.

The 4 element, 3 group 23mm f2.8. lens is a fixed focus at 13ft.  Manual aperture control from f2.8 to f16 by selecting the flash symbol on the dial or fully automatic aperture control, dependant upon the chosen shutter speed and film speed in the range 25 to 400 ASA with under and over exposure locks. A needle on the top of the camera indicates the recommended f-stop.  A red flag on the bottom of the viewfinder pops up when light levels are too low for the meter.

The depth-of-field was variable with various close-up lenses (one-built-in at 1.2m) and the f-stop. When the close up lens is in place a red flag appears in the view finder as a reminder. True sharpness at infinity is only possible in good light conditions f11 and f16 but for group photographs, candid photography as well as portraits the camera gives a large depth of field.. 

Chrome or black models both with inlaid black leatherette in the dial and on the back of the camera. 

Uses one 675 battery or a MRB675 1.35v Wein Cell.

The camera was sold with case, wrist strap (snake chain), built in close-up lens, built in lens cover, tripod socket to which the optional flash bulb, flash cube and strobe adapter could be attached. The case can be buttoned down on a belt and the camera removed easily for use.

This was designed as a "system" camera and had many accessories available.  It was sold as a camera on its own or with various accessories. 

In 1971, the camera and case cost about £72, the camera and cube or bulb flash cost about £78, the camera outfit with flash, filters and close-up lenses cost about £98 (small system kit), and the "System Kit" in attaché case cost about £165.

With it's large negative size, shutter priority mode and full manual control the MG-s produces excellent results under a large range of light conditions yet is one of the easiest cameras to operate.


Years of production 1966-1971
Lens 23mm Rokkor 4 elements in 3 groups, fixed focus at 3.5m (10 ft) and built-in sliding close-up lens 1.2m (4 ft)
Aperture f2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 1, 16
Shutter Speeds 1/30-1/500
Flash sync. X contact M class AG-1 bulb 1/30s
electronic flash at all speeds
Film Speed ASA 25, 50, 100,200, 400.  DIN 15, 18, 21, 24, 27
Viewfinder Bright-frame viewfinder with parallax correction and warning signal
Film Advance wheel type 135 degrees
Film Counter Automatic resetting counter showing unexposed frame number
Exposure meter Automatic diaphragm control by CdS meter coupled to shutter EV 8 to EV 17
Negative Size 12x17mm quarter-frame, 18 exposures
Finishes chrome with black leatherette
black with black leatherette
Battery 675 battery or a MRB675 1.35v Wein Cell.
Supplied chain and case
presentation box with chain, flashcube unit
aluminium presentation set with chain, flashcube unit, close-up lenses 40cm & 80cm and filters 1A, 80A, 81B
presentation attaché case including flash units, electronic flash adapter, lens, filters, copy stand and right angle viewer.
Manuals English: MGS - 010E
German: St 1171
Dimensions 107.5 x 46 x 26.5mm (4 1/4" x 1 3/4" x 1 1/16")
Weight 210g, 7.4oz


Filters UV, Y48(Yellow), 1A, 80A in a single red or black plastic button clip case.
Auxiliary lenses Close-up 25cm (0.8ft), 40cm (1.3ft) with chain, 80cm (2.6ft) with chain in red or black plastic button clip cases.
Flash MG-s flashgun in red or black plastic button clip cases (15v Mallory M-504)
MG-s cube gun in red or black plastic button clip cases (15v Mallory M-504)
MG-s strobe adapter for electronic flash offers pc socket and hot shoe so a variety of electronic flash units can be used with the camera.
Copy Stand for use with 25cm and 40cm close-up lens in red or black (?) plastic button clip case.
Spy finder fits to the tripod socket and over the viewer
Complete System Case deluxe attaché case holds the camera, three filters, flashgun, cube gun, copy stand, three close-up lenses and corresponding scale chains, space for flash bulbs or cubes and spare film all in a cut-out foam.
Standard Case a smaller case case holds the camera, three filters, flashgun, two close-up lenses and corresponding scale chains,  all in a cut-out foam.
Projector Mini 16
Enlarger Minolta Enla-Unit 16 - Leica enlarging lens with 16mm carrier
Developing Tank Dayload 16

Depth of field scale

Lens Opening Without Close-up Lens With built in Close-up Lens 
1.2m (3' 11 1/4" )
F 2.8  (8' 8 5/8" - 16' 9 7/8") 1.09-1.34m 
(3'6 7/8"- 4'4 1/4")
F 4  (7'10" - 20' 10 3/8") 1.04 - 1.43 m
(3' 4 7/8" - 4' 8 1/4")
F 5.6  (6'11" - 31' 10 1/4") 0.98 - 1.55 m
(3' 2 5/8" - 5' 1")
F 8  (5'11 5/8" - 124' 3") 0.91 - 1.76 m
(2' 11 3/4" - 5' 9 1/4")
F 11  (4'11 3/4" - infinity) 0.83 - 2.18 m
(2'8 3/8" - 7' 1 3/4")
F 16  (4' 4 1/8"- infinity)  0.73 - 3.29 m
(2'4 3/4" - 10' 9 1/2")

Last Updated on 24th June 2007