It has been a long since I had talked about photo gizmos. Normally I should have been out taking photos. Summer was not meant to be spent indoors, but this has been worthy spending a few minutes giving out my first impressions about it. It is small, just about the size of my little Oly 35RC, but with a far better lens, all manual and metered auto too, and it works perfectly without batteries.
I bet that everybody close to me has been convinced that although I admire technology and its progress, I am still font of small practical things that deliver what most giants do, but through a minimal effort of carrying around and using it to make your fun. This was what made me get an Olympus 35RC. Being really small, it is complete in every way offering automatic exposure and full manual operation without being dependent on the batteries under your camera.
What could be better than that? An equally small or smaller camera, with a better and faster lens that could do whatever my little Oly could. That is what a Minolta Himatic 7Sii is, small, beautiful and complete in the same way as my little Oly. It sports a Copal shutter, meaning minimal shutter noise, almost no vibration making even 1/15 handheld possible and flash synchronization at all speeds. Plus, it is not battery dependent. The battery is there to just drive the aperture when calls for auto-exposure come into play. The shutter goes from B to 1/500 all manually as in automatic exposure the use gets shutter priority automation.
That little big lens does miracles. It goes as wide as 1.7, small as 16 and it delivers sharp photos even wide open.
Above the lens there is a CDS cell that is being powered by a button cell battery under the camera.
The camera is well shaped. It does not come as a Porsche shaped thing, but rather as a squared block with just the controls that are required to take easily photos. Everything is better placed and easier accessible than on Oly 35 RC. The aperture ring for example, can be easier accessed by my thick fingers.
Pop some film in, wind it on and you are ready to take off. Next round will be photos with my new favorite little camera, my Minolta Himatic 7Sii. I am already running my last roll of Kodak Plus-X in it.
If you ever decide to get one you will have to get short by about 100 euros for a very good one to 150 for a mint or even 200 for a mint one boxed. Just make sure that it works as it is not of the cameras easy to repair by yourself. Wisely pick up one with its fitted case as it is as rare as hen’s teeth.
Use an SR44 hearing aid battery to get light meter readings close to those of the PX675 battery and avoid severe underexposure in extreme light.