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Minolta Autocord SHEIKOSHA-MX Minolta Autocord CDS
The Minolta AUTOCORD was and still is referred to as a "poor man's Rollei" since its introduction in 1955. The SHEIKOSHA-MX (export) model on the left was one of Minolta's early non-metered 2-1/4 x 2-1/4, 120 film formats. Manufactured circa 1958 at Minolta's head office factory in Osaka, Japan. Shown on the right is an AUTOCORD CDS featuring the CITIZEN MVL shutter and accepts only 120 film. Later versions of the CDS accepted both 120 and 220 film. AUTOCORDS are still very popular today and at auction can can fetch up to $600 depending on model and condition. We will be exploring more about the AUTOCORD series in the future.

MINOLTA FLASH BACK will be constantly evolving. Please bookmark this site and visit us in the future for information on vintage Minolta 35mm cameras and accessories. This site will not be about all things Minolta as there are many other fine sites that provide excellent coverage. We intend to look at some of the more eclectic aspects of Minolta products as well as providing practical information.


The MINOLTA 58mm f/1:1.2 MC ROKKOR - PG is one of the most sought after manual focus lenses on the market today. It is well known for it's silky smooth bokeh. The term 'brokeh' comes from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means 'blur' or 'haze', or boke-aji (ボケ味), the 'blur quality.' A very hot eBay item realizing final auction hammer from $200 to over $700 depending on model and condition. Pictured is a first generation MC Rokkor introduced circa 1968. Big and fast glass weighing in at one pound with all-metal construction. Another reason why these types of lenses are popular is that they can be adapted to popular digital cameras such as Sony Alpha, Canon EOS and other Canon DSLRs.

We have tested many glass adapters and open air flanges and have found Jim Buchanan's lens conversion to Canon EOS digital cameras to be most reliable. Maintaining precise back focus, alignment and aperture control for popular lenses including Minolta MC/MD is critical. Whatever method of conversion you choose, we highly recommend that it be non-destructive so that your valuable lens can be restored to original factory specifications.


removing screensaver residue Removing that nasty residue after you have peeled off your old LCD screensaver film can be frustrating. There are all kinds of remedies out there, but here is one method that may work for you. Click on image to find out how to make this a more effective and less time consuming procedure.

MINOLTA 7SII Camera The popular Minolta Hi-Matic 7SII rangefinder camera is the 'little brother' to it's under appreciated older brother, the Minolta Hi-Matic 7S rangefinder. Click on image to learn more about these two siblings.


MINOLTA AUTO BELLOWS III Minolta's last two main bellows - Bellows IV & Auto Bellows III. Click on image for an in-depth look at these popular bellows systems. Also check out Minolta's little known Compact Bellows.



250mm f/5.6 RF lens The two most popular models of the Minolta Mirror Lens Series are the 250mm f/5.6 RF and 500mm f/8 RF. Updated 9/17/2011 Click on image to learn more about these amazing lenses and why they are so popular.


removing LCD screensaver film residue Minolta Angle Finder V and Vn are useful accessories you should have in your camera bag. Click on the image to find out what to look for.