Minolta Hi-Matic 7s

Minolta Hi-Matic 7s

Minolta Hi-Matic 7s

Minolta Hi-Matic 7s

Minolta Hi-Matic 7s

One of the more versatile cameras of our collection this is a very tidy unit that feels solid, balanced and a good weight. The f1.8 Rokkor lens is very highly regarded and extremely sharp. The aperture and shutter speed rings are thin and close together which can make it hard for big fingers to turn independently, but all in all the build feels reassuringly robust.

The viewfinder has very bright frame lines and parallax correction that help frame the photo well. Like the Minolta AL the aperture stops down to f22 where most others in our collection go one stop less to f16, but the shutter speed only goes from 1/4 to 1/500. An EV scale and indicator needle can be seen in the viewfinder, and even with the Auto system disengaged you can use the light meter needle to see what EV it recommends. You can then set the EV number in the EV window on the lens barrel – a system unique to this generation of Hi-Matics – which also means you can judge and set exposure manually by EV.

The light meter can be turned off on the ASA setting which is good for preserving battery life if you choose to use the light meter. The only real draw back is the huge angle of the wind stroke with the lever going right to the front of the camera which feels awkward and slow. You can use multiple short strokes if needed.

NB. The 7s is essentially the same as the 7 but with a hot shoe for flash and improved metering. The more accurate light meter of the 7s is based on the Contrast Light Compensator (CLC) system and provides unsurpassed exposure accuracy, even in high contrast situations.

Title Data
Lens: Rokkor PF 45mm 1:1.8
6 elements in 5 groups
AOV: 52º
Diaphragm: f1.8 - f22
Shutter: SEIKO-LA
Shutter speeds: B, 1/4 - 1/500.
Viewfinder: Tinted bright frame viewfinder with automatic parallax correction
Focusing: Direct helicoid focusing coupled to super-imposed rangefinder
Focal range: 3ft - ∞
Exposure modes: Manual & Auto
Exposure meter: Built in CLC (Contrast Light Compensator) exposure meter in the lens barrel, automatically compensates for filters
Battery: 1.35V PX625
Battery checker: N/A
ASA: OFF, 25-800
Self-timer: About 10 seconds delay on manual control
Winding method: Single full stroke or multiple short strokes
Winding distance: 220º
Filter mount: 55mm, screw-in
Dimensions WxHxD: 140 x 82 x 74 mm
Weight: 723g / 1.6lb
Year 7/7s: 1963/1966

Download the manual (PDF)