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Minolta Hi-Matic

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specificationsEdit

  • Type: rangefinder camera
  • Manufacturer: Minolta
  • Year of launch: 1962
  • Film: 35mm with speeds from 6 to 1600 ASA
  • Lens: 1:2.0/45mm (6 elements in 5 groups)
  • Shutter: Citizen leaf shutter with meter-controlled aperture/speed combinations from f2 1/45 sec. to f16 1/500sec
  • Metering: selenium meter
  • Size: 138×84×67 mm
  • Weight: 740 g

later variantEdit

  • Lens: 1:2.8/45mm (4 elements)

The Minolta Hi-Matic camera became famous in its OEM-version Ansco Autoset as one of the cameras that Astronaut John Glenn used during his space flight. It started the series of budget rangefinder cameras that replaced earlier camera types of Minolta's product portfolio. 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.

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