The Konica Minolta TC-1 is a compact auto-focus 35mm point-and-shoot camera with a high quality titanium body and very sharp multi-coated G-Rokkor 28mm f/3.5 lens. It was made from 1996 to 2005. It has the smallest frontal area of any professional-grade compact autofocus camera, and was a pretty expensive camera at the time of introduction. The camera originally retailed for ¥148,000 or about $1000 in 1996 that's equivalent to $1770 today. One feature is the quite unusual circular diaphragm: a four step (f/3.5, f/5.6, f/8, f/16) bladeless aperture ring comprising a disc with three circular aperture holes. It has received praise for its out-of-focus characteristics (bokeh), and it easily rivals most SLRs.
|Type||35mm compact autofocus camera|
DX coding compatible (ISO25-3200) with manual override
28mm f/3.5mm comprising 5 elements in 5 groups (3 aspherical surfaces)
|Metering||2 segmented centre weighted or spot|
|Aperture||F/3.5, F/5.6, F/8, F/16|
|Shutter||1/750s - 4s|
|Focus||Passive AF (455 steps)|
Manual focus 0.45m-99m (22 steps): 0.45, 0.5, 0.55, 0.6, 0.65, 0.7, 0.8, 0.9, 1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 20, 99
Built-in, multi modes
|Power||1 CR123 3V lithium battery|
|Size||Width 99.0mm x Height 59.0mm x Thickness 29.5mm|
|Mass||185g without battery|
Minolta claims that each unit was handmade by technicians and that the entire optical assembly is made entirely of glass and metal, with no plastic parts in the optical block. In 1996, the Camera Journal Press Club of Japan awarded the TC-1 with the Camera Grand Prix.
Looking for the original instructions? Download here a PDF copy of the Minolta TC-1 manual.
Want to know more about this camera and what other people think? Watch these Minolta TC-1 reviews on YouTube to learn more.
What's your Minolta Tc 1 worth, or what would you expect to pay? Here are some recently sold items with prices.
|Unused Minolta Tc 1 70th Limited Black Point Shoot...||09/2021||$2690|
|Minolta Tc 1 70th Limited Black Point Shoot Film...||10/2021||$2400|
|In Box Minolta Tc 1 70th Anniversary Limited Black...||09/2021||$2100|
|A Minolta Tc 1 Limited Black 70th Anniversary 35mm...||11/2021||$1970|
|Unused In Box Minolta Tc 1 Silver Point Shoot 35mm...||09/2021||$1600|
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