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Condition: 8/10 Comes with 6 months warranty, Clean viewfinder and lens.
Serial Number: 116724
The Minolta Hi-Matic 11 is a 35mm film rangefinder camera manufactured by Minolta Camera Co.,Ltd., Osaka, Japan with shutter priority automatic exposure and introduced in 1969.
The Minolta Hi-Matic 7S and Minolta Hi-Matic 9, both released in 1966, were slightly improved versions of the popular Minolta Hi-Matic 7. The Minolta Hi-Matic was the same as the Minolta Hi-Matic 7S with the addition of a slightly faster f/1.7 lens.
The Minolta Hi-Matic 11 was a version of the Minolta Hi-Matic 9 with no manual controls.
Engravings on the front of the camera SUPER 3 CIRCUIT means the three auto-modes: fully auto programmed exposure, shutter priority auto control and auto flash control
It is a typical 1960's camera considering its size, close to the Konica Auto S2 and the Yashica Electro 35. The Hi-Matics always had an automatic exposure mode. The original Hi-Matic had it controlled by a selenium meter, plus a flash mode with shutter speed 1/30 sec. and manual aperture control. Later Hi-Matics had CdS meters, always placed within the filter ring.
A review by John Wade :
Mention Minolta to pre-digital photographers and thoughts turn to high quality, often revolutionary, 35mm Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras. It was Minolta, for example, that introduced the XD-11 (known as the XD-7 outside the US) in 1977, the first camera to feature both shutter- and aperture-priority modes. And it was Minolta that launched the Maxxum 5000 (Minolta 5000 outside the US) in 1985, the first SLR to feature body-integral autofocus.
But go back to the 1940s/1950s and you’ll discover a prestigious range of Minolta 35mm rangefinder cameras that rivaled and, some would argue, bettered the Leicas of the time.
Quick pause for an explanation for those unfamiliar with rangefinder cameras. The term refers to a model whose viewfinder, or sometimes a separate eyepiece, incorporates a system of mirrors that interact as the lens is focused to identify the correct camera-to-subject distance, as an aid to accurate focusing in non-reflex cameras.- Read more
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