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Minolta UnderWater Weathermatic Dual35 vintage 1987 - $100 (TC Metro)

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Fully Functional!! Minolta Underwater 35mm / 50mm Camera. No shipping, pick-up at my location, or will deliver for small fee.
Original Users Manual and 8 rolls of new old stock 35mm film included. Awesome camera!
Specifications:
Type:     Fully automatic, compact waterproof 35mm AF lens/shutter camera with built-in flash.
Manufacturer:     Minolta
Year of release:     1987
Films:     ISO 100 to 1000 DX-coded color negative film and ISO 100 or 400 DX-coded color negative film and ISO 100 or 400 DX-coded color reversal film; ISO 100 set when using films without DX coding
Lens:     35 mm f/3.5 , 350mm f/5.6; built-in micro-motor to change lens setting
Land focusing:     infrared active-type autofocus with cancelable focus hold; range: 0.75m to infinity;  auto close-up function for pictures as close as 0.52m with 35mm lens, 0.62m with 50mm lens
Underwater focusing:     Focus-free: meniscus lens automatically sets focus for pictures from 1.2 to 3.6 with 35mm lens, from 1.3 to3.2 with 50mm lens; pressing underwater close-up button sets focus for pictures from 0.52 to 1.3m with 35mm lens, from 0.62 to 1m with 50mm lens
Film transport:   Automatic threading, auto advance to first frame, auto winding, auto rewind and auto rewind stop
Flash system:   Automatic charge activation; flash fires automatically in low light, when subject is closer than approx. 0.75m and when underwater close-up button is pressed; shutter locks until flash is charged; red LED next to viewfinder glows if flash is not charged
Viewfinder:   Bright-frame type with auto-focus zone, normal framing and close-framing guides; red LED (flash-wait); magnification changes automatically with lens setting
Battery:     6V lithium battery pack (Duracell DL223A or Nation BR P2N) or 4 AAA' size alkaline cells.
Dimensions (W x H x D):     147.5 x 77.5 x 65mm
Weight :     400g without batteries
Battery
Luckily this camera has 2 types of batteries it can take.  It can take a  6 Volt CR-P2 (DL223A) lithium battery that can easily be found at your local Radio Shack. If you are interested in sourcing it online it can also be found at Amazon at this Link Panasonic Photo Power CR-P2 Lithium Battery.  It also takes regular 4 AAA batteries if that is what you prefer, but I would get high end long lasting ones as this camera does seem to suck the life out of them pretty fast. The batteries can be replaced at the bottom of the camera, and can be opened with a coin.  The battery door , which similar to the film door, also has an orange gasket that should be kept clean to prevent leaks.
Film
The Minolta Weathermatic Dual35 uses 35mm film and can adjust only from 100 or 400 ISO.  You can buy 35mm film at such places as Walmart, Target and CVS.  You can also buy film online from specialty camera stores, but I generally go for film from Lomography. You can look into their wide range of 35mm stock here.
Film Installation
It has a small latch on the side that when pulled down allows for the camera to open up and reveal it's contents. Inside you can see the orange seal that keeps the water from seeping into the camera. Before and after the camera is used it is recommended that you clean the along the seal so that no particles can interfere with it and cause a leak.  Film is easily installed with the roll being placed on the right side and you pull the film leader , under the hinged pressure plate, to align at the mark. Once you close the camera back you will hear the camera auto load with the built-in motor.
After your roll is finished the camera will automatically sense it and rewinds the film completely. Leaving you to just take it out and have it developed   This camera does not have a midroll rewind, so you have to take all of your photos carefully.

Like other Minolta cameras the Dual35 comes with a "focus hold" feature. If you want to take a picture of an object that is off to the side with a landscape background you will not be able to right right off the back. This is where the focus hold feature comes into play. If you want to focus on your side object you need to press slightly down on the shutter button until the LED focus zone light in the viewfinder turns on. This causes the camera to memorize the distance that you want it to focus on. You then reframe your picture with the shutter button still held down to how you originally wanted it. Press the shutter button all the way down to actually take your picture.
When using the camera underwater the camera will automatically switch from being autofocus to being fixed-focus and the flash will go off on most underwater shots due to lower light levels. The best focus range of the camera underwater is between 4-10ft. The camera also offers a close-up button that can be pressed next to the viewfinder for a closer range. This give a better focus between the 2-4ft range depending on which of the lenses you are using.

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