Around city center with a 1970’s Minolta Himatic 7s

The Himatic 7s

Beginning of the year and excitement to try the Ultrafine Xtreme 400 that I am bulk loading, I am taking the odd camera from the treasure box.

The painter (who is also a photographer)
Major checker competition
Back alley


A couple of weeks back it was the turn of the 1970’s Minolta Himatic 7s. Actually the 7s was released in 1966 same year as me. The Himatic is a rangefinder camera with a sharp, fast 45mm F1.8 lens, and in-camera metering.


Ok I don’t quite like the the Himatic too much : it is heavy feels clunky compare to the German rangefinders; it is not that fast to operate, and also the metering died on mide during a bike tour.


I also the viewfinder to be not that bright and having too many signs inside; there are just three visible sides of the frame, so I always wonder how to frame the fourth.

Shoe locker outside Mustapha

BUT when I got the roll from the shop I must say that I am impressed by the result, the lens is fast and sharp and the 45mm give a bit of air to the shots.


This is my 3rd roll of the Ultrafine Xtreme 400 bulk and I quite like it. I am new to handrolling, the picture below is the last of the roll, so the first from the bulk that I attached to the canister and I think it was exposed to light. Pitty I like this shot.

Upside down nap

I think I like the film, it is now 3 rolls I shot this year and 2 last years, it is on the contrasty side but nothing too extreme, so it makes a good replacement for TRI-X or TMY 400. The shot below is quite smooth as I like it. Actually tones quality reminds me of a proper wet paper print.


Mmm also I fell the Epson v800 gives immediately better results that the v500, but this may be just because I paid so much for it.



There will be no declugging for the Minolta, it belonged to one grand uncle, so that’s a keeper even if it goes out of the box only once a year.

Around city center with a 1970’s Minolta Himatic 7s

The return of the Hi-Matic (2)

So the Minolta Hi-Matic 7s, is out of the box. I find out a suitable Duracell battery in my magic cupboard and a roll of TMax from the fridge and off we go. As I said elsewhere I am not a mass shouter, I picked up photography in the old days of film when we were taking one shot at a time because well it costs. I don’t care too much about the cost nowadays but still I kept the habit, so unless there is a special event it takes me a few weeks to shoot a full roll of film. This is something I like with the Hasselblad or 120 film cameras in general, 12 shots per film is pretty good for a week end if nothing special happens. Hey also remember that this is not digital so ISO is fixed; there’s just so much time in the day where you can use your camera. Back to the cost, 1 TMax = 8 SGD, processing 6.5 SGD, 4 bus rides to the shop 3 SGD = 17.5 SGD for a roll so 50 cents per shot; 4 shots per EURO.

We are the rrobots

A Robot in a toy store (N’gee Ann City, Orchard Road, Singapore), shot wide open (F1.8) probably 1/30s handheld

Shark Aid 2012

There is always something happening on Orchard Road, that day it was the Shark Aid 2012 campaign to save sharks from Shark Fin soup

Walter by Dwan Ng

This is WALTER: A Big Bunny by artist Dawn Ng, in front of SAM (Singapore Art Museum)

Low Kee Hong and Jeremiah Choy,

Singapore Arts festival 2012 presentation in Kinokuniya bookstore by Low Kee Hong and Jeremiah Choy, interesting and funny.

Shot wide open F1.8 at 1/30s handheld, a bit blurry… duh!

Ok that was funny, but I’m not  sure my practice of photography have made a big leap forward. I think I have to get rid of the leather case whose strap comes in the middle when framing vertically,  also the  shutter-release button is not that soft, you have to press it with some strength before it actually fire, causing some shake; very unlike my Leica M4.

The return of the Hi-Matic (2)

The return of the Hi-Matic

Two years ago my dad gave me this excellent condition Minolta Hi-Matic 7s, this camera belonged to a deceased grand uncle of mine.

Minolta Hi-Matic 7S

The fellow is as old as me, and onece loaded with an Alkaline battery and a roll of film it worked like a charm and the meter is spot on.

See the camerapedia page

I try to shot a couple of rolls a year with this kind of poor man’s Leica and got some nice shots like this one I called “envy” (Film :Fuji Accross 100ASA)


Or this summer shot in Cagnes sur Mer in France

Le port du Cros

(Film :Kodak Gold 200ASA)

Earlier this month I dug it from the dry (tupperware) box, cleaned loaded and shot a roll of Tmax around town; that will be for the next post

Meanwhile you can see a few more shots on flickr

The return of the Hi-Matic

Singapore – Esplanade MRT

Esplanade MRT

Finally a bit of Film after the Digital orgy of Myanmar. A couple of nice shots in this film that last from September to November.

Photo: Singapore – Esplanade MRT
Camera: Minolta HiMatic 7s (circa 1966)
Film: Fuji jAcross 100 ASA
Scanner: Epson v500
Retouches: Depoussierage avec Photo Shop, balances dans Lightroom 3.2,, retour dans PS pour le cadre et voila le travail.

Singapore – Esplanade MRT