Long time lurker on these forums, first time poster.
I recently picked up a Minolta Hi-matic 7sii and after seeing so many lovely images online was eager to shoot a test roll
I had been using a Konica Auto S3 at the same time, so decided to shoot a few similar set-ups with both cameras to see the difference
Upon scanning the negatives, i'm starting to wonder if the Minolta's rangefinder needs to be calibrated, or there's some issue with the focus...
Here are some examples from both cameras - both were shot with Ilford HP5 Plus 400. It seems the Konica is definitely sharper...but i'm guessing this is more down to the Minolta being slightly uncalibrated?
There seems to be a move obvious problem with far away focusing around about the infinity mark, but also seems soft with closer subjects too
Minolta himatic 7sii:
Konica Auto S3:
Here's some examples of wider/infinity shots with the 7sii:
(it was an overcast day for the following 2 shots)
Focus in these shots seems slightly better, but it was also a much much brighter day so the focus was much deeper:
Finally here's 2 wider Konica Auto S3 shots to compare with the previous 7sii shots, focus seems far better and sharper:
Any thoughts overall as to what the issue may be? If so, how much would it cost to repair?
If possible I'd love to fix/adjust it myself - have found a few descriptions online as to do so, but didn't want to do anything till I got some opinions on the exact problem.
Many thanks for your time!