Minolta Hi-Matic 11

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The Hi-Matic 11 by Minolta was a Japanese 35mm rangefinder camera - introduced in 1969. It was similar to the Minolta Hi-Matic 9. Like the 9, the 11 had automatic exposure program, automatic flash control, and the Contrast Light Compensator (CLC) meter, offering better metering in high contrast situations. Unlike the 9, it had shutter priority mode and no aperture ring. The three modes, automatic program, shutter priority, and automatic flash control constituted the "Super 3 Circuit" branded on the front. This was the last of the large Hi-Matics (7, 7S, 9, 11), and possibly offers the best user experience of the group.

  • Manufacturer: Minolta
  • Type: Rangefinder camera
  • Lens: Rokkor-PF 45mm f1.7, 6 elements in 5 groups; focus down to 0.9m (3ft)
  • Filter Mount: 55mm
  • Shutter: Seiko ALA, leaf shutter with self-timer (approx. 10sec)
  • Shutter Range: Bulb, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500
  • Exposure Mode: Full automatic and Shutter priority automatic exposure
  • Flash: hot shoe and PC socket (at end, below rewind crank); automatic flash control--the user enters the guide number and the camera sets the aperture
  • Film speed range: 25-500 ASA; 15-28 DIN
  • Film Winding: Wind lever with 220 degree throw; single full stroke or multiple short strokes
  • Film Counter: Automatic resetting counter
  • Viewfinder: Tinted rangefinder, bright line frame; automatic parallax correction; shutter, aperture, battery condition, and flashmatic displays
  • Metering: Contrast Light Compensator, CdS exposure meter; the meter is in the lens barrel to compensate for filters or other lens attachments
  • Battery: The CdS meter is driven by one 1.35v, PX625 mercury battery, fitted into the base; the lens barrel includes a battery checker; the camera will operate without a battery (the aperture will be fully open)
  • Other Features: Automatic exposure lock activated by a half-press of the shutter (undocumented in manual); optional diopter correction lenses that can be fitted on the eyepiece; film loaded indicator on the back
  • Weight: 740g (26oz)
  • Size: Height--82mm (3.25in); Width--140mm (5.5in); Depth--75mm (3in)

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