SONOCON 16 MB-ZA


When transistors were introduced to the consumer marketplace in the 1950's, many products could be made much smaller -- and cheaper.  One of the first products to undergo the reduction process was the radio.  Soon, tiny, colorful Japanese transistor radios became the rage around the world .  They were so popular that several camera companies decided to jump on the bandwagon.  No, they weren't making radios, they were adding radios to their cameras!  Minolta was one such company, and it actually put together a top-quality product, unlike most of the others.  The Sonocon 16 MB-ZA appeared in 1962 and was a stretched-out version of the Minolta 16 II with a built-in radio or, depending on how you look at it, a radio with a built-in Minolta 16 II.  The radio controls were on one end and the camera controls on the other.  It had a 22mm (f2.8-16) lens and shutter speeds of B, 1/30-1/500.  All other features were the same as the model II, so we know that this is a top-quailty shooter.  It only was available in a black body.  In any case, they are pretty rare.

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