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

    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!)
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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.

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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.

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    If you want a Yashica with Manual Exposure; go for the 14e Lynx with an f/1.4 lens
    http://www.cameraquest.com/yashlynx.htm
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by narsuitus View Post
    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.
    Now that is an interesting thought. I'll have to look into that.
    K.S. Klain

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