Classic SLRs:
Minolta SRT MC-II (200)

by Karen Nakamura



Overview and Personal Comments

The Minolta SR series began with their first one, the SR-1 in 1959. It introduced the popular MC interchangeable bayonet mount for Minolta lenses. More than a decade and over a dozen camera models later, Minolta released the SR-T MC-II, which is a rebadged SR-T 200 with a few improvements. The SR-T MC II was produced from 1972 through 1975, the heyday of all mechanical SLRs. Like those of its time, it features an all-metal body, metal lens mount, smooth shutter action, and a solidity that the plastic SLRs of the 1980s and onwards have never achieved. The cameras of the 1970s have a better chance of working in 2050 than those made in the 1980s (see my anecdote regarding the Maxxum 7000 vs. Spotmatic below). Amazingly, you can still buy new MD mount lenses at camera stores. The only camera system with better longevity (1955-2004) is Leica's M-mount. Using the text or images on this website without permission on an ebay auction or any other site is a violation of federal law.

I purchased this SR-T as part of a larger lot of cameras from the estate of an elderly collector who had passed away. This SR-T was clean and well preserved, except for a rather large dent by the wind lever. I later sold it on ebay to fund my camera addiction hobby.

The camera was in great functioning condition. I tested the meter against my Canon EOS-3 and it was accurate across its range. Except for the ding, the body was in great shape. There's only a little bit of a wear mark on the left side where the camera strap attachment rubbed against the sid of the chrome. Inside the camera, the shutter is pristine. All speeds, including the oft-problematic 1 sec. shutter speed work great and appear accurate. The film rails are clean it looks like no one ever put film in this camera. The leatherette has some dirt spots that I should have cleaned a bit more before taking these photos. :)

Also check my pages on the Minolta SRT101/201. All of the Minolta MD cameras make perfect student camera. It has all the features that photography classes require:

The metering was actually advanced for the day. It uses what Minolta calls their CLC method that combines both spot and center-weighted metering. Consider it the precursor of matrix metering. The original manual in PDF format is available from Minolta, I have a mirror copy on this web site as a convenience.

The camera uses a 1.35v PX625 mercury cell battery. In my experience, one mercury PX625 lasts about 3 years since all it's powering is the metering circuitry. If you can't find mercury cells, you may want to experiment with a Wein cell.


Technical Details

Camera Name SR-T MC-II aka SRT 202
Manufacturer Minolta
Place of Manufacture


Date of Manufacture 1973-75
Focusing System

Single lens reflex

Lens Mount Minolta MD Mount

Rubberized horizontal focal plane curtain.
1 sec - 1/1000 sec + B (X-sync @ 1/60)

Metering System

CdS cell mounted through the lens
Full aperture match-needle metering


External hot-shoe and PC cable connection for X sync flash

Film type / speeds

Type 135 film (35mm standard)

ASA 6 to 6400

Battery type 1 x 1.35v PX625A battery (not included)
Dimensions and weight  
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Lens 45mm f/2.0 Minolta MD Rokkor
Manufacturer Minolta
Place of Manufacture Japan
Date of Manufacture  
Lens Construction  
Lens Mount

Minolta MD mount

Focusing range

0.6 meters - infinity
2' - infinity
(right focusing, infinity on right)


f/2.0 ~ f/16 (1 stop steps)
5 aperture blades

Filter Mount

49 mm.

Dimensions and weight  
Retail price ¥


About Minolta

Minolta began making cameras in 1928 as the "Nichi-doku Shashinki Shokai" (Japanese-German Camera Factory) and in 1937 was renamed Chiyoda Kogaku Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha or Chiyoko for short. One man was the heart of the company, Kazuo Tashima. He ran the company from 1928 to 1972. Before the war, Chiyoko made medium and large format cameras and began making 35mm cameras after the war. They started using the Minolta brand in 1937. In the post-War period, they made a series of Leica clones, the Minolta 35 rangefinder.

In 1962, Chiyoko changed its name to Minolta. They are famous for the first SLR with fully coupled metering, the SR-7 and the first model with built-in motor drive (SR-M). They also produced the first camera with integral autofocus, the Minolta Maxxum 7000 (aka Alpha 7000) in 1985. I remember when in 1986, my dad brought home his shiny new Minolta 7000 and handed me down his old Pentax Spotmatic SPII (which still have). Ironically, the Pentax still sees more use than the Alpha because of its ability to run fully manually.

In any case, Minolta continues to make great 35mm SLRs as well as an increasing array of interesting digital cameras. In 2003, Minolta announced a merger with Konica, Japan's oldest camera manufacturer. Hopefully the merged company (Konolta? Monica?) will have enough financial resources to continue to produce high-end film-based SLRs and rangefinders.

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