The Weathermatic 35DL issued by Minolta in 1987 is basically the same dual-focus compact camera as the Minolta AF-DL. The difference is the watertight camera body of the Weathermatic which makes it a real camera for aquanauts, with waterproofing to 5m. The electrically driven dual focus lens is hidden behind a water-tight window and the battery compartment is sealed. A big sports finder can be mounted to ease usage under water with goggles. A button on the back of the camera enables "macro" close-ups underwater. The camera was originally supplied in a bright yellow kit bag with several accessories.
The 35 DL is solid and made from high-quality plastics. Below water, it operates in fixed-focus mode which is done as water on the front optic covering the lens makes a fixed focus filter. Above water, it utilizes an infrared active-type autofocus with a range of 2.5 ft. (0.75 m) to infinity. A focus hold feature is available. Shutter lock is indicated by a red light next to the viewfinder.
The flash is fully automatic; it cannot be turned on/off and has no adjustable settings. Film loading, transport, and rewind are also fully automatic; the camera lacks a button to rewind film in mid-roll.
- Lens: 1:3,5/35mm, switchable to 1:5,6/50mm
- Autofocus: Camera does not focus, but randomly sets two fixed focus modes
- Films: 35mm films of 100 ASA or 400 ASA film speed
- Exposure: subject weighted metering, programmed automatic exposure
- Viewfinder: magnification changes when lens is switched.
- Power: 1 6V lithium or 4 AAA batteries.
- Weight: 275g without batteries.
- Dimensions 132×69.5×51mm
- Floats in water
| The kit|
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| With case|
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- Minolta Weathermatic 35 DL at www.collection-appareils.fr