These are the cameras that my kids had all through their teens. From about 11 years up until they all went on to college and on university and work. They all have a keen interest in photography some more than others. One become an editor of a photo magazine. two of them commercial airline pilots and the girls are both the film industry. I wanted to share with you my last rolls of Agfa Vista 400 and why I loved this film stock. It was last year, in my home town of Los Angeles and in and around Southern California.
The Minolta Hi-matic 7SII is a great compact rangefinder that was introduced in 1977, and was the last high specification fixed lens rangefinder made by Minolta. It features a 40mm f/1.7 lens comprising 6 elements in 4 groups that is very sharp, and has excellent contrast. The 40mm focal length is very convenient for street photography, and thievery compact size of the camera means that it can be carried anywhere with ease, and used with discretion.
While the 7sII will naturally work with any flash which has a manual or auto setting, I purchased mine with the matching Minolta Auto Electroflash14, which has a similar size to the camera, and accordingly complements its appearance. As an added bonus, the flash case fits readily onto the camera strap, or can be put in a pocket due to its compact size.
Duet the features outlined above, the 7SII has proven to be a very popular camera among Minolta enthusiasts. On eBay expect to pay between US$120and $140 for a good example. Even at this price it is a real bargain! The 7SII was also available in an extremely attractive black finish, however these are very uncommon. The black model will normally sell for over US$250-$300 due to its rarity, and its prized status among Minolta collectors.