The maker is stamped on the base-plate “Chiyoda Kogaku” and the camera was made in Japan. Chiyoda Kogaku made Minolta cameras from the mid 1930s but only changed their company name to Minolta in 1962. In North America, Minolta cameras were known as Ansco through a trading agreement with the USA company of that name , and the Minolta Uniomat was sold as the Ansco Anscoset.
Wallace Koopmans has produced a chart to show the aperture and shutter speed you get for each EV value. You can see the original and read Wallace's comments on the Uniomat at Wallace Koopmans Artlog. My thanks to Wallace for his permission to use his chart.
|Copyright Wallace Koopmans|
Other controls on the lens barrel are a flash selector - X (electronic) or M (bulb). the difference between these (as on all cameras) is the timing of the flash and shutter. With X, the flash fires as soon as the shutter is completely open and will synchronise at a speed somewhere between 1/250 and 1/500 seconds which is quite fast; faster than you will get with a focal plane shutter. With M, the flash fires just before the shutter opens to allow the bulb to reach maximum intensity as the shutter is fully open. In this case the flash will synchronise at 1/1,000 seconds which is extremely fast. The last control here is the delayed action lever marked V (Vorlaufwerk, the German for 'delay').
The lens is a Rokkor 1:2.8 45mm lens about which I know nothing as yet - I will share when I do.
Just got the test film back from the lab. Fairly impressed with the results. Only downside is that I managed to get flare on a very overcast day. Some examples:
|Busker, Lincoln city centre|
|Path in Lincoln's Arboretum|