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Condition : 7/10 , comes with 6 months warranty.Description:
The brand was so well respected among photographers that some customers asked for "Rokkor cameras" and questioned the origin of the lenses when the first Minolta lenses without the Rokkor designation hit the market between 1977 and 1980 Many continued to call at least the manual-focus Minolta SR-mount lenses "Rokkors" long after the name was dropped. Even decades later, when Sony took over the A-mount auto-focus SLR system from Konica Minolta in 2006, for which no Rokkor lenses were ever produced, there were (unsuccessful) petitions to reintroduce the old Rokkor brand. There are now even totally unrelated pseudo-brands named Rokunar and Rokinon (similar sounding mixups of various respected photographic brands like Rokkor, Riconar(by Ricoh), Rikenon (by Ricoh), Nikkor (by Nikon), Fujinon (by Fujifilm), etc.) trying to capitalize on the power of Minolta's brand.
For some while in the 1960s and 1970s SR-mount SLR lenses manufactured for the North American market were engraved with Rokkor-X rather than just Rokkor (as was used in the rest of the world) in order to improve trackability and dry out the gray market. Although some buyers from the USA and Europe each associated either the Rokkor-X or the non-X-ed Rokkor designation with a higher quality, respectively, both types of lenses were built to exactly the same specifications and quality standards in the factory. They differed only in their name plate In the 1980s and 1990s, Minolta used a similar scheme for A-mount lenses, which were labelled Maxxum AF in the USA and Canada (where the A-mount camera bodies were labelled Maxxum) and just AF elsewhere (including in those regions otherwise using the Dynax and α labels for the cameras.
The Minolta Hi-Matic S series consisted of four similar compact cameras from Minolta. They were the first Minolta compacts to include built-in flash, and they utilized zone focus. Unlike earlier Hi-matics, the S series used standard AA batteries to power the exposure meter and pop-up flash. The series began in 1978, but was regarded as obsolete a few years later when the Hi-Matic AF integrated autofocus into a body of the same size.
I bought this camera as my first auto-focus camera. For 39 Euro at the local shop, including a 35-80 zoom. I consider a camera as a linking device between lens and capturing element.
Since I use to take a lot of pictures (50 pictures & 1 film/week), I consider ergonomics as important. This camera has a handy size versus weight. The finish looks good and feels good. The rubber on the right hand side gives a good grip. Wish a Sony alfa-camera would feel like this.
The autofocus starts with eye contact. Looks OK but consumes a lot of energy. Sometimes focus gets lost. Maybe a more expensive camera will do a better job. Good point is that when you focus manually, the "in focus" indication keeps working. Fantastic with long lenses. In good light conditions, focus works perfect. No night camera.
The shutter gives a smooth sound, no vibrations, fast mirror return.
Film advance is ok, could be a little less noisy.
Light metering system is perfect.
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