Minolta SRT201: Battery, Meter, Issues?

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by JimKramer, Oct 10, 2005.

  1. JimKramer

    JimKramer Guest

    I recently inherited a Minolta SRT201. I've got the mechanics
    figured out after misloading the first roll of film, but...
    1. Where can I find a replacement battery for the meter?
    2. Is the meter likely to be accurate after 20 some odd years?
    3. Any tricks/downfalls/issues with this particular model I should be
    aware of?

    Thanks,
    Jim Kramer
     
    JimKramer, Oct 10, 2005
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  2. JimKramer

    henryp Guest

    Mercury batteries are no longer available in the USA. Wein makes
    zinc-air batteries which are supposed to be replacements in cameras
    like yours. They're at
    <http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=breadCrumb&A=search&Q=&ci=437>.

    Another option is the adapter from www.criscam.com/.

    See <http://members.aol.com/manualminolta/minslr.htm> for a little
    history too.

    Henry Posner
    B&H Photo-Video, Inc.
     
    henryp, Oct 10, 2005
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  3. JimKramer

    Dick R. Guest

    Hey Jim,
    The only major issue you will have is with the battery. Like other
    cameras in the 70s, the Minolta used the PX625 (mercury) battery
    that is no longer available in the USA. The mercury battery supplied
    a steady voltage, so no "voltage regulator" circuitry was needed
    in the camera. There are replacement batteries available, but the
    accuracy of the meter might change as the battery runs down.

    I did a web search and found:
    http://www.photoethnography.com/ClassicCameras/

    Good luck, the SRT 201 is a great camera!
    Dick R.
     
    Dick R., Oct 10, 2005
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    Colyn Guest

    The mercury battery is no longer available. However I have posted a
    fix on my website http://www.colyngoodson.com/minolta.html
    The SRT meter is practicly indestructable. The most encountered
    problem is the glue used to attach the meter cell blocks to the
    viewing prism will turn yellow and start deteriating. This is a fairly
    easy fix if you know how to get the top plate off etc. If you want
    more info on this fix contact me via the email on my website.
    Some people will tell you the meter needle bumpers have deteriated and
    the needle is sticking to it. This is false info since this meter does
    not use foam needle bumpers.
    Be aware that the CLC metering of the SRT is nothing more than an
    averaging meter but is more or less center weighted.

    Don't forget to turn off the meter switch when not in use.

    The SRT is a fine camera and in my opinion one of the best all
    mechanical cameras ever made. I've used them since 1966.
     
    Colyn, Oct 10, 2005
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