Minolta Hi-Matic – Silly Mistake

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I bought this camera about 3 months ago from that auction site, cost me £6.51p, ($8.51 – €7.52) I was the only bidder. It’s the original 1962 model and came with a nice leather holdall, camera case, Actina lens hood, a lovely cable release and the Metz flash gun which had badly corroded batteries inside, but it’s also mains powered. After replacing the 1960’s 2 pin mains plug with a modern 3 pin the flash functioned as it should. The focusing is slightly stiff but got better with use, and the meter functions, good job as it’s an auto only camera. So I loaded it up with Eastman XX and went for a walk.

Serbian Orthodox Church #1
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My silly mistake was during processing the film, after the developer I poured in the stop bath, got distracted and poured in what I thought was the fixer solution, after a minute I realised I’d poured the developer back in, not a good thing to do with this film as it blows highlights really easily.

Serbian Orthodox Church #2
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19th-20th-21st century architecture
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The rangefinder seems accurate
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Sharp Lens
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100% crop from above
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Photina TLR (and Mimi !)
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Creepy
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The camera was good to use, I soon got used to the front shutter release. Will be taking this one out again soon, and will make sure to dev the film properly.

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7 thoughts on “Minolta Hi-Matic – Silly Mistake

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