Minolta Himatic 7Sii: Small is Beautiful!

 

Minolta Himatic 7Sii, all in one really small package

Minolta Himatic 7Sii, all in one really small package

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.

Minolta Himatic 7Sii, see one closely and you will fall in love with it

Minolta Himatic 7Sii, see one closely and you will fall in love with it

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.

A shutter speed ring, an aperture selector and that's all

A shutter speed ring, an aperture selector and that’s all

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.

Of course one should set the sensitivity of the film if going auto

Of course one should set the sensitivity of the film if going auto

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.

Not many under it, but the film rewind switch and the battery compartment

Not many under it, but the film rewind switch and the battery compartment

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.

Not much to say about it, but many to do with.

Not much to say about it, but many to do with.

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.

A more technical point of view can be found at “The Rokkor Files“, at “Minolta Flashback” and at “Cameraquest“. Butkus of course will provide you with a copy of the manual if you don’s have 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.

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2 thoughts on “Minolta Himatic 7Sii: Small is Beautiful!

    • Indeed, the 1.33V zinc air batteries do the trick. Actually they perform exactly as the px625 batteries as the voltage of the px625 has never been exactly 1.35V. I have a few px625 and none of them is exactly 1.35V. One of them provides 1.4V.
      It does not really matter. Some times I use the luxi, an app in my iphone that acts almost like a spot meter. Its readings are as accurate as my D90s spot meter. Of course it is a bit of a pain using your phone before every shot, but if it is critical and one can have all the time to take the reading it is o.k.

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