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    im having doubts with this camera... but so far, im anxious and hopeful.. since its free... its a gift from my uncle and all the shipping is free too.. if i dont like it, or have trouble with it, i would go with a konica auto S2 instead and sell this one.. hehehe
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    I just sold a Konica Auto S2 and kept the Minolta Hi-Matic 9. Lenses are on the same level of performance, viewfinder on the Konica has an "edge" as it corrects for field of view and parallax, both cameras meter on manual and have auto-exposure. I put new seals in the Konica before selling it. Was very sharp, as is the Minolta.

    But I've had the Minolta for 40 years. Had it CLA'd in 1980.



    I found the ad for the Konica from the 70s.

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    Just found another 7s!

    Well, there's no fool like an old fool!

    Just found and couldn't resist another 7s in "mint condition" except the shutter doesn't work (although the meter does).

    Because of the very low price, I couldn't resist taking it home with me (fast becoming a retirement home for vintage cameras).

    It is, at present, with my repairman, and I hope he can cure the shutter for me, as he has already -a couple of years ago- cured my other 7s of the same problem.

    Well, come next week and we'll see how it went.

    Fingers crossed!

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    ive just recieved my hi-matic 7s... the shutters wont work because the lens is wobbly.. but i got it working though.. i just bring the lens up a little higher to align it to the body when im firing the shutter, and it works.. all shutter speed sounds right.. gosh, even the self timer is working.. though, i still dont know if the meters are working.. i have no batteries for it, and the battery chamber is closed tightly!, i just use the sunny 16 rule and my FM2n as my meter, and hopefully, when i get my films back, theres no leaks or whatsoever..

    the body is so nice... excellent condition like what my uncle said.. although, it is so damn heavy!!! my hands hurt from just holding it and using it for a couple of hours..
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    Quote Originally Posted by denmark.yuzon View Post
    the body is so nice... excellent condition like what my uncle said.. although, it is so damn heavy!!! my hands hurt from just holding it and using it for a couple of hours..
    Yes, they are no lightweights: quite solid and "heavy".

    BTW, I picked up a modern (current) replacement battery for mine from my regular camera shop. It is a standard, readily available type and not expensive. I'll get back to you with the designation (forgot to take a note of it).

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    thanks galah for your help.. ive found some replacement batteries in ebay.. but, im not worrying about it that much since it can be used without batteries.. though, im still wondering if the meters work.. im excited to see my pictures already.. i hope the theres no light leaks or whatsoever..
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    MINOLTA HI-MATIC DIY TIPS

    my minolta hi-matic 7s rokkor lens is wobbly.. is there any way i can DIY this wobbly problem? can any of you help me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by denmark.yuzon View Post
    .. what batteries do you use with yours? they say, hearing aid batteries works best as the 1.4V is close to the 1.35V from mercury batteries..

    OK, as I said, I still have an "original" 1.35v Varta mercury battery which is still going, however the replacement I have been given by my local photoshop owner is a Duracell "Photo" 1.5v 625A (cost Aus$5-95). He claims it will do the job and I believe him as he is a longtime specialist rangefinder collector/user and has several 7s's himself.

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    hi guys.. i just recieved my scans from the lab.. it seems that some of my shots were in focus.. other were not where i thought, i focused well by lining up the ghost image.. it might be due to the fact that i focus then i would hold the lens back in which unfocuses on my subject so that the shutter would fire.. please help me.. is there anyway i can DIY the lens wobble and also calibrate the lens for focusing..
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    I think that you need to get that lens properly attached to the body before shooting any more film with it.

    You might want to check in the film chamber to see if there are any screws that can be tightened. Or maybe it's a spanner ring. Or perhaps the lens panel is secured to the camera with screws in the front.

    Open the back and move the lens and see if you see any screws inside the film chamber move. If so, tighten them.

    I can't be sure, but it sounds like someone else might have worked on the camera and then didn't reassemble properly. Or maybe it's something else.

    I'm not familiar with this camera, so I can't offer more than general advice.

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