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Old 09-27-2011   #1
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Any Minolta users out there?

Been going over some of my less-used cameras. Found a Hi-Matic-F that responds well and a Minolta REPO a 1/2 frame with a good meter! No batteries in it and I get two images per frame! What will they think of next! Oh, this modern age we live in! Anyone else have these small beauties?
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I have a Hi-Matic G and 7sII that I take out from time to time and run a few rolls through. Both are still working as new..
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Old 09-27-2011   #3
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i have an A5 that was my entry back into rangefinder photography. fantastic lens. alas, it no longer focuses. red robin, would you like to have it? i am no tinkerer of such small workings ...
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Old 09-27-2011   #4
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I have a Himatic 7s that was my first "good" camera from around 1971. Still works fine when I have used it as a backup body over the years. The lens was always sharp and contrasty. My first "published" photos (graduation yearbook) were taken with this camera, so I have a warm place in my heart for it.
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Old 09-27-2011   #5
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i had a Minolta Hi-Matic E that had a very nice 40mm 1.7 lens and a parallax-compensating rangefinder. Beautifully made camera. Excellent results, too.
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Old 10-01-2011   #6
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I have a HiMatic 7S. I carry it almost everywhere. I bought it at a pawn shop years ago for $50. No batteries, I just use a hand-held meter.
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Old 10-01-2011   #7
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Just started shooting a Hi Matic 7 myself.
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i have an A5 that was my entry back into rangefinder photography. fantastic lens. alas, it no longer focuses. red robin, would you like to have it? i am no tinkerer of such small workings ...
Paul; Thanks for the offer I'm really trying to pare down my collection(pile). I've already passed along some to local new shooters maybe I'll sell some as I've started to feel bad having so many working cameras that just don't get used. So once more , Thanks Frank
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I do not use it but I still have my first reflex camera, a Minolta SRT 101 (I'm very proud that was the first camera of Annie Leibovitz ) and I have an x700 with a 50 mm 1,7. I do not use them which had CLA a few years ago. This thread let me desire to give a try...
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I'm expecting my first Minolta RF, a Hi-Matic 7S that I have bought on the great auction place. Really anxious to test it soon.
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Old 10-06-2011   #11
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New to this forum, and I am a fan of old minolta cameras.

I bought a minolta Hi-matic 7 at a farmers market last spring. Lens and rangefinder are in great condition, body missing leather. I am planning on re-skinning it shortly. Ran several rolls of film through it and even took it on vacation to Florida. I think its a great little camera.
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I bought a Minolta "A" Rangefinder a few months ago. Everything works well on the camera, and the Rokkor 45mm f/3.5 lens is very nice.
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Got a Minolta Freedom Zoom P&S from my son's wife... can't wait to try it out, it's like new.
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I have a black Minolta Hi-Matic 7s. Last time I used it was today when we went out shooting with bunch of photography students.

My canon eos 30d was out of battery so I picked up Hi-Matic 7s loaded with Tmax400. Also used Kalimar '80 light meter. Didnt regret for a second for choosing the 7s !
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Old 10-06-2011   #15
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Here's my Minolta SRT thread. I am also a big fan of Annie Leibovitz's early work for Rolling Stone. Peterson's Photographic "Photojournalism" was one I purchased, when I was in High School, back in the early 70s. Not surprised she used the SRT Minolta; It's a great camera even now. See here:

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...d.php?t=110411
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Old 10-07-2011   #16
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I have a few Minolta 35's knob and lever wind (see avatar) and some AF Minolta SLRs.
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I have an SRT101 and a SRT201, neither work. I have the SR7 my dad carried in Vietnam, that still works. My Minolta XK's see regular use.
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Old 10-07-2011   #18
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yep, got a Hi-Matic 7s. I love it.
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Old 10-07-2011   #19
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I used to have the Hi-Matic E. Nice 40mm 1.7 lens. Really liked the parallax self-correcting viewfinder and the build quality. Not so fond of the lack of manual options.
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Old 10-07-2011   #20
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Last year I picked up a Minolta Himatic S zone focus camera to take with me on a trip to Ukraine. I used some Kodak B&W and was really amazed at the quality of the pics. Unfortunately, while returning through Frankfurt, the security guy wanted to look through my carry on bag which I knew he would because that's where I carry my photo equiptment as I don't want the stuff thrown around in the baggage hold. after going through the stuff he indicated OK go. I picked up the bag but he hadn't rezippered it and out went most everything including a hand painted tea pot in the box given to me as a gift, which broke in a thousand pieces and along with that my Minolta Himatic S camera.

I didn't use it until I got back home and then realized it wasn't working. The shutter is cocked, but it won't fire. I removed the bottom fiddled with it but with no results. Changed batteries but no soap. I still have it, but it's been replaced by another Himatic S which continues to travel with me. One of these days I'll pull out the original one to see if I can recessitate it. I recently picked up another one with two corroded batteries in it, but managed to get it working quite nicely.

My only dislike is that there's nothing in the viewfinder to indicate shutter speed or F Stop, but I am able override the flash which I like. They have nice lenses on them and the print quality to me is very nice. I've posted some here in RFF.
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I had a Minolta 16II back in the early 60's... fun little pocket camera, but dealing with the small film was a chore. Then in 1982 I bought a new CLE, which I still use. I came to like it so much I got another (used) one, as so often good things come in pairs.
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Smile himatic 7s

I just picked up my first prints from my recently purchased 7s I thought the meter had had it and shot half the roll on auto and the other at sunny 16.To my amazement all my auto ones turned out quite good.So I will put the bat back in and shoot on auto in future.
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My Minoltas have been sitting idle for quite some time. I am thinking about shooting my 7s or 7sII in the upcoming days.
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yep, i'm using srt 101 and x-700, the second one has got very bright focusing screen which i really love
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Old 01-10-2012   #25
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First Minolta: SRT 201
2nd Minolta: Weathermatic DL (the yellow camera)
3rd Minolta: Minolta AL (http://www.thecamerasite.net/02_Rang.../minoltaal.htm)

Love them all, but the AL is really good to carry for street, and does not make that loud SLR sound. The selenium exposure meter still works, too.
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I have a Hi-Matic F that needs some attention. The shutter doesn't open with working batteries (the battery check light does work). I'm using too SR44s in one slot with a spring to short out the other battery slot.

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Old 01-11-2012   #27
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i have several minolta 7sII and revue 400SE,
since years i always buy them if i see them for little €s.
the 7sII is a great² cam.
wish minolta (sony) would make it digital ....
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First Minolta: SRT 201
2nd Minolta: Weathermatic DL (the yellow camera)
3rd Minolta: Minolta AL (http://www.thecamerasite.net/02_Rang.../minoltaal.htm)

Love them all, but the AL is really good to carry for street, and does not make that loud SLR sound. The selenium exposure meter still works, too.
oops I lied!
First Minolta: SRT 201
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I have a Hi-Matic G. Great little camera. Love it.
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i've got an a5 that i'd love to get working again. fantastic lens ...
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Minolta Hi-Matic E. Very sharp! A much better build quality than Olympus, Yashica and Canon.

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I have SRTs, Hi-Matics, XDs, a couple Min 16s, movie cameras, and a couple 5XIs.

I shot professionally with Minoltas years ago and never had a single complaint and they never let me down.

I MAY try out a digital that uses my auto focus lenses (Sony Alpha), we'll see.......

I really miss Minolta.
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Old 02-01-2012   #34
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i have a 7sii!
fantastic little camera!
really wanted a black one but had to settle for a silver one.
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Old 02-01-2012   #35
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I have Hi-Matic F and Dynax 505si SLR. I like both and really enjoy using the hi-matic.
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I was given an X300 with a 50/2 lens years ago. A bit later I inherited an XG-M, the famous 50/1.7 rokkor, a 28/2.8 Sigma and a tiny 75-150/4 zoom. Both had reliability troubles, so I bought an X700 along with a P flashlight and the wonderfoul 35-70/3.5 that Leica aledgedly sold as a "35-70 vario Elmarit", to which was added the beast like 70-210/4...

The X700 failed (i recently found that I only needed to retension the springs), so I got an XD5, later a Hi-Matic 9, was given a Hi-Matic F... The most recent buy is a wonderful SRT-101 with which I have a really good feeling.
Well, the advantage with Minolta is that, save some very particular lenses, you can get very high quality glasses for a very low price. And the build quality is often very high, except for the electronic, but it apparently needs the simple change of a capacitor, so should try sometimes. Post us some photographs!



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I have a Hi-Matic F that needs some attention. The shutter doesn't open with working batteries (the battery check light does work). I'm using too SR44s in one slot with a spring to short out the other battery slot.

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Well since everyone else is listing SLR kit too, I have an XG-1 (original type but with the later logo), X-300 and XD-7 too. Lenses are the 50/2, 50/1.7 and two copies of the 45/2. I also have an Auto Meter III.

I won't talk about the Riva Zoom 70w I have.

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I have Minolta AL-S and AL-E. These are among the most beautiful RF cameras, IMO.
And there's the Hi-matic C with retractable lens. Unique design.

BTW, I happen to have Riva 70W, too. It's actually very good for a p&s, if you don't mind considerable distortion at wide-angle end.
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I just bought a nice Minolta Hi-Matic 7Sii but it looks like the aperture blades are stuck, nothing moves when I turn the lever. Can this be easily fixed?
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I just bought a nice Minolta Hi-Matic 7Sii but it looks like the aperture blades are stuck, nothing moves when I turn the lever. Can this be easily fixed?
my friend just bought one too with similar problem.
he managed to unscrew the front element retaining ring and get to the blades. he put a dab of methylated spirits on the stuck blades using a q-tip [cotton swab] and the blades started moving. once it had fully evaporated he reassembled and it was all good.
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