Note: This Minolta Hi-Matic 9 is in excellent aesthetic and functional condition (we film-tested it), however, the lens' closest focus is about 4 feet (the framing for a head-and-shoulders portrait) rather than 3 feet specified in the manual. We suspect the original owner may have modified it, with right-brain creative photography in mind, to prevent bad shots, as this camera--like all rangefinders--suffers from parallax framing error when shooting up very close.
The Minolta Hi-matic 9 is company's top-of-line 1960s fixed lens rangefinder. It's a truly fantastic camera with both a superb 45mm f1.7 lens and a host of advanced features including: excellent metering; a (way ahead of its time) programmed auto-exposure mode; an "easy flash" feature that will vary the aperture based on subject distance; and a bright and easy-to-focus rangefinder.
This camera was a pleasure to use and we were very happy with all of the photos it took. In our opinion, it's a very underrated 35mm rangerfinder. It's a real stretch to find anything to complain about with such a well-designed unit but it should be noted that it isn't the smallest camera or lightest camera (see specs below).
This camera requires a 675 zinc-air battery for its light meter (optional) but may be used without a battery in manual mode.
The camera is superb condition (see photos) the original owner babied it and always kept it in its case. It was tested with film and delivered sharp, well-exposed images. We set the film plane focus accuracy on an autocollimator and verified that it agreed with the rangefinder. The original ever-ready case is included.