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A Rokkor In Your Pocket: The Minolta Hi-Matic F Compact 35mm Film Camera

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When it comes to small, manual focus viewfinder type cameras, the camera that dominates the discussion is usually the Olympus Trip 35. Let's not overlook this little beauty though - The Minolta Hi-Matic F 35mm compact camera.

This little Minolta is a manual focus, automatic exposure camera. All you have to do is line up your subject and turn the focus dial to the correct distance. Unlike the Trip 35, the Hi-Matic F uses batteries, the old PX625 type, so you'll have to find a modern equivalent and do a little modification.

In the hand, the Minolta feels good. It feels more solid than a trip, but I've got to say that both cameras are very similar indeed. The viewfinder is bright and clear and the focus ring smooth and slick.

If you can get hold of the batteries, the Minolta Hi Matic F looks like a good alternative to a Trip 35, and maybe that Rokkor 38mm f/2.7 lens is the deal maker...

Thanks, Rob.

Reader Comments (1)

Interesting. I've just finished a film in a Himatic GF. It looks like a budget version of the F - perhaps a later model intended to 'cash in' on the quality of this one.

June 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavidN

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