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[Rollei] T4 vs Rollei 35 vs Minox?? Why not?
- Subject: [Rollei] T4 vs Rollei 35 vs Minox?? Why not?
- From: Stephen J Dunn <bicycle55 >
- Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2002 14:04:00 -0500
Why not also include a discussion of a comprise between the Rollei and
the T4: The Minox GT-E 35mm camera. Just like the others it uses full
frame 35mm film..
Hot shoe on top of camera; insertion of flash foot sets the camera to
1/125 shutter speed. Lightweight plastic body and much smaller than the
T4. Easily fits in a pocket.
Currently in production
Lens MC Minoxar f/2.8 35mm; made in Germany. Between the lens shutter.
T4 is a little slower at f/3.5
The Minox has manual f stops from f/2.8 to f/16. Nothing to set on the
Yashica T4--it even reads the film speed from the bar codes.
Auto exposure: You set the f/stop and the camera sets the shutter speed.
Exposure needle in the viewfinder indicates the shutter speed to be set
by the camera: up to 1/500 second max speed. T4 has a max speed of
1/700th sec but no indication of what setting has been selected by the
Minox camera capable of using ASA 25 - 1600 film. T4 limited to nothing
slower than ASA 50.
Minox can use slip on filters with integral rubber lens hoods available
from Minox -- Great for black and white. Can't use anything with the T4.
Dual stroke film advance with the Minox.
Manual guess focusing on the Minox like the Rollei.
Self timer on the Minox
The Minox has a 2X exposure compensation switch
Well now that you've got an idea of the setup, there's always the
comparison between the Minox and the Rollei: You can't select both the
f/stop and shutter speed on the Minox as you can on the Rollei is the
frequent criticism. Well, actually you can get there from here: First
set your f/stop. Then adjust the ASA setting dial on the camera to get
the shutter speed you want. It always provides the required setting I'm
looking for in any particular shot. I agree it does add a cumbersome
aspect to the shutter time selection but it does allow for user selected
speeds and stops.
What about the limitation of the 125th shutter speed when using a
flash? Well, there's a little probe in the hot shoe that's moved when a
flash is inserted into it and that triggers the selected 125 speed. I
have an auxiliary hot shoe with a cut off corner. When inserted into
the hot shoe, it transmits the signal to the flash but allows for my
selection of an f stop and shutter speed as noted above. Works fine.
If the 125th speed is OK for the shot I just don't use the extra piece
for the flash.
The lens is as sharp as you could ever hope for and gives great
I hope this adds a little to the mix. BTW, I have the Minox GT-E
and the ML (an older model) and the T4. Alas, no Rollei.