I shot a roll with a twin-lens reflex camera (TLR) for the first time this month. But long before I used a TLR in real life, I loved the idea of it – so much so that I thought the reality was almost bound to disappoint. What camera could possibly live up to such high expectations. Enter: the Minolta Autocord.
Medium Format TLR
Being in photography for more than 50 years, I’ve had the pleasure of using many cameras. For years, whenever I wanted to shoot with a twin-lens reflex camera, my camera of choice was always my Rolleiflex. Recently, a Voigtlander Superb became available to me, and the price was fantastic, so I immediately jumped on the offer.
I had purchased my Minolta Autocord CDS cameras about three months ago. The previous owner didn’t know if it was working, even after giving them some tips to check. However, I took a chance and bought it. To my surprise, when it arrived, the shutter worked great, and the aperture moved as it should. A good friend told me the focus was notorious for hanging up, but It moved smoothly and focused well. The meter didn’t have a battery, so I purchased a battery for the light meter. When I installed the battery, it took some time for it to react to light. Eventually, it did and seemed close to accurate. My wife and I planned a few days away so I was excited to take it for a test drive.