Minolta Hi-Matic C with Minolta Rokkor 40mm F/2.7 lens
The Minolta Hi-Matic C is a small 35mm film Rangefinder camera that was introduced by Minolta in 1970.
The 1969 Minolta Hi-Matic C was a fully automatic compact camera with a collapsible lens as its most defining feature. The lens would pop out when the green button was pushed in, to push the lens back one would have to push the green button at the same time as the lens. With the lens collapsed, one would see the 'weather setting', which was a sun or cloud symbol which defined the shutter speed. With the lens extended one would see the zone focus symbols. So one could check the exposure setting, pop the lens, determine focus and take the shot all whilst looking through the viewfinder.
The camera's CdS light meter would determine the aperture. A needle showed this value in the viewfinder for little reason, as one could not change the exposure other than the 'weather setting'.
The camera also allowed easy flash photography, as flash guide numbers were marked on the lens next to the weather symbols. On the back of the camera was a table indicating the flash working range for flashes with different guide numbers.
The camera is surprisingly solid and full of lovely details. It is quite rare today and many collectors
This is a very simple camera with a shutter priority auto exposure system without manual override, providing just two shutter speeds: 1/200s (sunny symbol) and 1/30s (cloudy symbol) the camera decides on aperture to ensure correct exposure. The lens is a triplet Rokkor 2.7/40mm coated.
I personally find this little camera exceptionally beautiful, much better looking than the -G which was its successor. First of all, the lens is collapsible, reducing the camera's depth by about 1.5cm. The lens extends by pressing the little green button on the nameplate. I also really like the unique black body which is made of really nice-feeling plastic and matches nicely with the black "Rokkor" inscription surrounding the lens. Despite the extensive use of plastic (the door is all metal) the camera feels exceptionally solid and is quite heavy, the lens assembly extends and retracts very reassuringly. The top plate sports the large, soft shutter release button surrounded by a chrome ring and an elegant "Hi-Matic C" inscription. The metal winding lever is very ergonomically placed on the back alas Olympus 35RC and is a tactile joy to use.
NOTE: This camera does not work without batteries. USPS prohibited us to send any battery, so please keep it in mind. You need 2 (two) EPX 675 1.35V batteries, that you can buy here: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=epx675+battery&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
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