Minolta XL 401

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Minolta XL 401

Year: 1978-83

Lens: Zoom Rokkor 1,2 / 8,5 - 34 mm (Filter size: 46mm)

Macro focusing

Split Image Focusing

Auto / Manual Zoom

Frame rates: 18 + single frame

Shutter degree: 220

Manual / Auto Exposure

ASA settings from cartridge: Tungsten 40, 160, Daylight 25, 100

Backlight Control

Flash contact

Remote control socket

Interval timer with 0,5-60 second intervals

Self timer (10-20 seconds)

No sound

Retractable handle

2 X 1.5V AA batteries + No separate battery for light meter

weight: 710g

Made in Japan

Manufacturer: Minolta

Instruction manual online: http://www.mondofoto.com/manuals/minolta+xl-601+xl-401/

Prices on eBay:

  • eBay USA:
    • US$48 in 07/1999
    • US$107 in 08/1999
  • eBay Germany:
    • EUR 25,50 (+ EUR 4,90 shipping) in 11/2006
    • EUR 10,00 (+ EUR 6,70 shipping) in 11/2006




Taking the camera apart to fix loud running: Minolta XL-401/601: how to open and lubricate a squealing noise

Cartridge Notches[edit]

This camera has one notch sensing pin and it appears that E64T will be read as 40 ASA so will be overexposed. Use the manual aperture control to adjust the speed to be 2/3 stop less than the camera suggests.

Minolta XL601 cartridge notch sensing switch

Instructions on how to re-calibrate the exposure meter: Minolta: how to adjust XL-401/601 meter

eBay Auctions[edit]