Comparision between Minolta and Olympus Rangefinder

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  1. jamesdak

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    I've recently picked up two Minolta Hi-Matic 7SII based on their rep for being quite sharp. Then the other I picked up a very nice Olympus 35RC at a local store. Now I'm a devoted Minolta fan but the Olympus seems to be a bit more solidly built. And it's viewfinder is much brighter and easier to use. My only complaint is the tiny aperture ring that even my little hands had a hard time using. So, I decided to test the two camera against each other. I used ISO 400 film since I had two rolls of 12 exposure film I could waste on something like this. I used my lightmeter versus the in camera meters to insure proper exposure. I shot the same scene with each camera consecutively. I then scanned the images at the highest resolution possible and compared the untouched scanned image. Due to poor quality control at the Walmart lab about 1/2 the Minolta negs did not scan well (fingerprints & scratches). So, I only had a few shots to compare. In all cases the Minolta won in color, contrast, and sharpness. So, while it's much easier to focus the Olympus the Minolta will give you the better shot. I've attached (I hope)crops from both images.
     

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    An interesting experiment. Strange coincidence but I have also just bought these two cameras on ebay but haven't had a chance to use them yet. Both cameras have quite a following with the Oly being easier to get hold of and I agree that it does feel sturdier than the Minolta. I'll try and put a film through both over the next week or two and maybe publish the results here.
     
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    Cool, I find the Oly easier to focus due to the better viewfinder but the images I keep getting from the Minolta are just "kicking"! Be good to see what results you get. On a side note I just got a Hi-Matic 7S in today and it's quite big compared to the 7SII. It also actual meters in EV but the meter also works in full manual mode.
     
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    ...and I just bought a Yashica.

    I asked myself the same questions, but included the Canon in my considerations too. The Minolta's are definitely tougher to get a hold of, which is probably an indicator of quality. But the Yashinon on my 124G may have tipped the scales for me, seeing that one was on the Electro...

    I habven't received it yet, so I can't attest to the quatilty...

    I've generally been a Minolta fan because they haven't let me down since buying my X700 about 25 years ago...