I was recently inspired from this post by Awesome Cameras to keep my eyes out for a Minolta F35 Big Finder camera. I found this camera and loaded with Fuji Superia X-tra 400 film to shoot around town and document more of the Nashville snow that kept us stuck at home for a few days.
As you can expect, the camera is very easy to use and it cannot be overstated just how large the viewfinder is. It’s something Awesome Cameras points out in their video but you really can’t understand the size until you use the camera. It’s huge.
I shot around Nashville, including the dilapidated baseball stadium that has yet to be torn down. On the way walking to the stadium I have to cross an overpass and I snapped a few photos there. I really like the way the overpass photos turned out.
I had this roll developed at the same time I shot my Olympus Zoom 80 and it’s not fair to compare the two cameras, but I still enjoyed shooting the Minolta and I think some of the photos turned out well. I believe if I shot on a sunnier day, I would have more dynamic photos, but given I was simply pointing and shooting quickly (especially on the cold snow days), I like how these turned out.
If you’re ever looking for a fun camera and run across this Minolta, pick it up!
Photos below and I’ll include the great video Awesome Cameras produced at the end of the post!