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Minolta Hi-Matic F compact 35mm rangefinder camera w/ Minolta 20 Flash + ever-ready case

Minolta Hi-Matic F compact 35mm rangefinder camera w/ Minolta 20 Flash + ever-ready case

Regular price $200.00 CAD
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Note: We re-calibrated the camera's light meter to use easy-to-find 357/SR44 silver oxide batteries and a spacer. This camera originally used RM-640 mercury batteries which are no longer available.  

The Minolta Hi-Matic F is a lightweight and very compact 35mm rangefinder from the 1970s. It's nearly as easy to use as a point-and-shoot but, in our experience, will give you a higher percentage of good photos (a rangefinder can't be 'fooled' like a point-and-shoot's autofocus).

The included Minolta 20 flash (guide no 20 meter/32 feet at ISO 100) is the perfect size for this camera. It includes a case with attaches to the Hi-Matic F's strap. The camera's flash mode is very clever and easy to use: when the flash is attached, the aperture is automatically adjusted based on the distance of the subject (see the manual linked below for more info).

This Hi-Matic F requires two 357 silver oxide batteries (optional) and the Minolta 20 flash requires two AA batteries (not included). 

Condition notes

This camera and flash were film-tested and gave sharp, correctly exposed photos. The camera is in excellent functional and cosmetic condition (see photos). The camera's case and the flash's case are included. 

Minolta Hi-Matic F manual:

Minolta 20 Flash manual:à%20e%20cataloghi%20d%27epoca/Libretti%20di%20Istruzione/Minolta%20Electroflash%2020%20-%20E20%20812E-D3%20P16.pdf


  • Lens: Rokkor 38mm f/2.7, 4 elements in 3 groups, 61° angle of view
  • Filter and lens shade mount: 46mm screw-in type
  • Shutter: Electronic type programmed for EE exposure from EV 0.9 (4 sec. at f/2.7) to EV 17 (1/724 sec. at f/13), X-synchronized at 1/20 sec.
  • Exposure meter: CdS type, coupled EE range EV 0.9 to EV 17 with a film speed of ASA 100; film speed range: ASA 25 to 500; automatic compensation when filter(s) used; powered by two 1.4v mercury batteries: Mallory RM-640, Eveready E-640, or equivalent switches on when flash is attached, and aperture couples to focusing and guide number index rings, providing automatic exposure adjustment throughout the flash range.
  • Flash connections: Both cordless "hot-shoe" and standard European-type (PC) terminal contacts are provided.
  • Focusing: Front element helicoid type, with coupled superimposed-image range. finder; minimum focusing distance 0.8m (2.6 ft.)
  • Viewfinder: Tinted bright-frame type with parallax-correction marks, central range.
  • finder "diamond," and flashmatic-mode signal visible while viewing, plus
  • "use-flash"/slow-shutter EE exposure warning lamp that comes on at EV 7.9 (f/2.7 at 1/30 sec. at ASA 100) or less
  • Film advance: Lever type with single 140° stroke after 30° unengaged play. Safe Load
  • Signal system. Automatic-resetting frame counter shows number of frames exposed.
  • Frame size: 24mm×36mm for 12, 20, or 36 exposures on standard 35mm film
  • Others: Battery check lamp located on top cover
  • Size: 73mm high x 113mm wide x 54mm deep over-all
  • Weight: 350g (12.3 oz.)
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