The Hi-Matic 7s and Hi-Matic 9 followed the H-Matic 7 in 1966, and were improved versions of the 7. Briefly, the cameras were rangefinder focusing, with automatic exposure, plus manual control guided by a viewfinder meter pointer that registered against an EV scale.
The 7s came with the Contrast Light Compensator (CLC) metering system, but how it works in Hi-Matic cameras is unclear. The 7s also added a hot shoe and Safe Load System (SLS) indicator to show that film was loaded and being transported properly. Additional differences between the 7 and 7s included rangefinder windows changing from a contrasting 'pink and green' tint to 'yellow and blue'; the carrying strap lugs moving up to the side and given a more rounded shape; and the end of the lens barrel being black rather than the brushed aluminium of the 7. The 7s also came in a black version.
- Manufacturer: Minolta
- Date of Production: 1966
- Variants: Chrome or Black
- Type of Camera: Rangefinder camera
- Film type: 35mm
- Lens: Rokkor PF 45mm F/1.8; 6 elements in 5 groups
- Shutter: Seiko-LA leaf shutter with self-timer (approx. 10sec)
- Shutter speed range: Bulb, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500
- Viewfinder: Tinted rangefinder, bright line frame; automatic parallax correction; Exposure Value and battery condition displays
- ASA/ISO range: 25-800
- Flash: hot shoe and PC socket
- Exposure Modes: Full automatic and metered manual
- Exposure Metering: Contrast Light Compensator, CdS exposure meter; the meter is in the lens barrel to compensate for filters or other lens attachments
- EV range: EV 5.7 (f/1.8 at 1/15 sec) to EV 17 (f/22 at 1/250 sec)
- Focusing: Direct helicoid focusing coupled to a super-imposed rangefinder; closest focusing distance is 0.9m (3ft)
- Film advance: Wind lever with 220° winding distance; single full stroke or multiple short strokes
- Battery: 1.35 v, PX625 mercury battery; the camera can operate without a battery
- Weight: 720g (25.4oz)
- Dimensions: Height--82mm (3.25in); Width--140mm (5.5in); Front to back including lens--74mm (2.875in)
Product ($249) SN: **2893/ **1294
Condition: Like New (LN)
Warranty: No Warranty (Film Cameras Sold As It Is)
What You Will Get
- Lens Cap
- Strap Lugs
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