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Almost new Hi Matic Minolta
Old 07-12-2017   #1
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Almost new Hi Matic Minolta

My printer store has a display of dummy and old cameras one of which is a HiMatic, 40 mm Rokor lens and it looks perfect except for some minor corrosion in battery compartment.

it takes 640 mercury cells. Will the alkaline substitute work ok even if I have to change more often? Or does the voltage drop fool you?

Thing looks like a really nice daily carry.
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I bought a battery adapter kit for my Hi-Matic a few years ago.
If you're interested, I could take a picture of it when I get back home
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I use one of these adapters with a 675 hearing aid battery:

I believe there are similar adapters sold on ebay. This gives 1.35-1.4 volts and metering with my Himatic 7S is accurate. Just remove the battery and cover the + side with the tab provided or scotch tape and the battery will last (the batteries are inexpensive to begin with).

When metering in Auto lightly touch the shutter button and you'll see the needle fix in place - this provides an exposure lock of sorts, i.e., you can meter pointing at one thing and, holding the exposure, recompose on your subject.

Minolta cameras and lenses are excellent and reliable if you are lucky enough to come across one in good condition.
Konica III; Konica Auto S2; Konica Autoreflex T2; Konica FS-1; Pentax 645; Yashica Mat 124; Minolta SRT201, X700, X370, XD-11, Minolta Hi-matic 7S; Olympus OM-1; Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super BC; Nikon N80, N75
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