I thought I would follow up with some observations of my recent purchase - the Minolta Himatic 7s.
I ended up getting one that had a meter that was working which was a bonus. The camera feels very solid in the hand, with a nice even weight distribution. I worked out how to use the lightmeter (I have experience with a friends borrowed M6)
However, reality soon hit when I found it difficult to handle the interface. The aperture and shutter speed are so jammed next to each other making it difficult to rapidly bracket shots. I may have gammy fingers or it could be the design and my inexperience. Trying to turn one you inadvertently turn the other.
Also, the self-timer is a pain in the ass as I kept inadvertently knocing it and missed shots because I kept engaging it when I thought I was at 1/250 and F8. Also rather annoying.
So, I will persist with this camera as a pre-set zone focus point and shoot, until I save enough money to get a CLE or M6. I aim to do street photography so it will be good in that aspect - pre set and then shoot. I think this camera will toughen me up and in comparison my friends M felt like a breeze.
Also, I have a question if someone has some knowhow. I also dropped this camera on the first day onto concrete. I tested the rangefinder and the distances are matching to the patch. Does anyone know if this rangefinder could have been knocked out incorrectly, or did the simple test I did show it will be fine?