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|Minolta A-2, 1957 variant with f2.8 lens|
The Minolta A-2 was launched by Chiyoda Kōgaku Seikō in 1955 as the advanced variant of the Minolta A rangefinder camera for 35mm film. First it had a faster shutter than the Minolta A, and later it even got a faster lens. A characteristic detail carried over from the Minolta A is the speed setting thumb wheel in the camera top.
- Type: rangefinder camera
- Manufacturer: Chiyoda Kogaku
- Year of launch: 1955, model with faster lens and shutter in 1957
- Film: 35mm
- Lens: Chiyoko Rokkor 1:3.5/45mm (4 elements in 3 groups like a Tessar), or Chiyoko Rokkor 1:2.8/45mm (5 elements in 3 groups)
- Filter thread: 34mm
- Shutter: leaf shutter, Citizen MXV with speeds B, 1sec to 1/400sec and M/F/X flash sync, or Optiper MVL with speeds B, 1sec to 1/500sec and M/X sync, plus B, both variants with self-timer
- Viewfinder: reverse Galilean bright frame finder with superimposed coupled rangefinder and mechanical parallax correction
- Film advance: fine single stroke advance lever and poor rewind knob on top
- Dimensions: 132×86×65mm
- Weight: 620 g
In 1958 the Minolta A-2 LT was developed, featuring a special bayonet lens mount. While it retained most of the features of the A-2, the A-2 LT had a Citizen-MVL shutter with speeds B, 1sec to 1/500sec. Two interchangeable lenses were made for the A-2 LT: a 45mm f2.8 Rokkor standard lens and a 100mm f4.5 Tele-Rokkor lens
- ↑ Sugiyama/Naoi "The Collectors Guide to Japanese Cameras" code number 3436.