I have more cameras than I can possibly shoot. That’s why I’ve been slowly listing many of them on eBay and shipping them off to collectors and photographers who might actually enjoy them. One by one, I’m reducing my collection to just those cameras I enjoy shooting and those with which I’ve formed some emotional connection.
My Minolta Hi-Matic 7 falls into both categories. It was the first camera I bought when I started collecting again in 2007, which gives it a special place in my heart. I’ve shot it but twice: in 2008 and again in 2011. The first time, I couldn’t find a battery for it so I tried shooting Sunny 16 for the first time. I was lucky to get usable photographs. But in 2011 I did find a battery so I could use its autoexposure system. Also, I’d gotten better as a photographer. With that roll I learned that my Hi-Matic 7 is a wonderful performer. I got stunning color and sharpness. See the entire gallery, good and bad, here. I photographed the camera in 2008 using my Kodak EasyShare Z730 Zoom.