REVIEW: Minolta Hi-Matic F
Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-12-04
There is also a Hi-Matic FP which is the exact same camera but it also has a self-timer.
Lens: Minolta Rokkor 38mm f/2.7
(4 elements in 3 groups)
Closest Focus: 0.8m (2.6ft)
Aperture: f/2.7 - f/23
Shutter: 1/724s to 4s
Light meter: Yes, CdS just over the lens (Iso 25 - 500)
Battery: Two 1.4v RM-640 mercury but will apparently work just as well with modern 1.5v replacement batteries.
Flash: Flash hot shoe + PC sync connection (x-sync at 1/20 sec)
Weight: 350g (without battery)
All auto shutter and aperture
Takes 135 film
24×36 mm negative size
A nice one which works great.
Quite good size and brightness plus it's easy to find focus.
Dual-image coupled rangefinder.
Half-press the shutter button and the light meter reads a shutter speed is under 1/30 will give a red warning light.
Analogue B&W filmBuild quality
Flare / Backlight
More sample images can be found at:
Very nice and it's mostly metal but with some plastic parts.
I really like the looks of the camera and it has also a nice feel to it.
Lovely camera but maybe the best one for all situations.
Apparently many use this for street photography and this is more or less made for this so I can see why.
Fast to work with, easy to find focus plus very little noise.
It's also small, lightweight and don't draw much attention like a huge SLR mostly does.
Image quality is nice and sharp plus renders well.
The only think i'm not a huge fan about this camera is its light meter.
Nothing wrong with the actual metering and it's very fast but you can't control it.
You don't lock the meter by half pressing the shutter button which you can on most similar cameras.
And the only way you can control the exposure is by changing the ISO on the camera.
So if you have something much brighter in the frame like the sky for example.
Then the light meter will expose more after this and the ground will be underexposed.
Unless you compensate by setting the ISO 1-3 steps under what your film are.
This can be quite tricky to know how much to change and some of my test shots here got underexposed because of this.
Easy to use
Small and Lightweight
Lack of exposure control
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