Which would you prefer? Minolta vs Yashica RF...

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  1. Klainmeister

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    So, my buddy has a box of old 35mm stuff and I'm repairing a MF camera for him so he offered me a choice of rangefinders: the Minolta Hi-Matic 7s or the Yashica Electro GSN. I currently have a Minolta SLR setup (which I might try to sell on here) since I tend to light rangefinders more.

    On those thoughts: which would you choose? Both seem to have decent lenses--1.7 or 1.8--and seem to be in great condition.

    Eh eh? Life is tough sometimes (he also offered to ship me both!):whistling:
     
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    I have a Yashica Electro GSN. It's a bit large, but takes fantastic photos. The lens is sharp and contrasty, easy to use.

    No experience with the Minolta.
     
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    I have both. Both are great. The GSN is prettier
     
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    Prettier? I've seen both and they both seem well made and easy to use. I was considering the Minolta simply based on size, but am more concerned with speed of use and lens qualities.
     
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    The Yashica has the better lens with a f1.7 aperture. It was called the poor man's Leica and is very well made. Yashica stated that the autoexposure mode was good up to 8 seconds but many users found this to very conservative and claimed twice this time. This and the wide aperture lens made the camera excellent for night photography. I have several and really like them.

    You will need a battery adaptor, go to www.yashicaguy.com for more info and copy of manual (if you need one).
     
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    Thanks Gerald,

    Sounds like the Yashica has more going for it after I read plenty of complaints regarding the 7s sticky shutter issues. I believe the camera has the adapter installed already, seeing as though he has shot rolls thru it.

    Chers
     
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    Check if the Yashica has manual exposure. Some of those Yashica, IIRC, are automatic-only.

    I would choose based on weight, filter thread, and focusing direction.

    Fabrizio
     
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    If the Minolta Hi-Matic 7s is like my Minolta Hi-Matic 9, I would choose it because I prefer cameras that can take photos with or without batteries.
     
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    Now that is an interesting thought. I'll have to look into that.
     
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    So can the Yashica Lynx 14e IC; provided you know what you are doing.
     
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    Right, but the two cameras are being offered, I'm not necessarily shopping. Frankly I don't need it, but you can never have enough toys!
     
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    IIRC, the 7s is quite a bit smaller than the GSN. So, if size matters, that might be the deciding factor as both will take great photos if in good condition.
     
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    Thanks, I think the Minolta is actually the winner because:

    A) Doesn't need a battery to function
    B) All manual mode still available
    C) Slightly smaller and lens quality about the same

    Thanks guys
     
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    The 7S has a 45mm f/1.8 Rokkor lens that Zeiss helped design. I have two of them.
    Great little cameras.
    Best regards,
    /Clay
     
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