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Minolta 7sII

Compact, well finished 35RF with fast lens, AE and manual exposure. Some Minolta fans believe the 7sII has the same lens as the Minolta produced 40/2  Leica CL, a claim which I found extremely hard to believe considering the price difference.   The black paint 7SII is extremely hard to find and very well finished.

 

The Plus Side

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Chrome 7sII's far outnumber the black, perhaps by as much as 100 to 1.

The Negative

The Minolta 7sII cases are well made and seem to last the years, in contrast to the cases for contemporary Canon and Olympus compact rangefinders which seem to self destruct.  


The Minolta 7sII is small, nicely made, and offers both AE and manual exposure.  Yet it is an average design of its type with  no features to set it apart from its competition. While Yashica, Olympus and Canon sought to compete in this class by adding new features, Minolta instead was satisfied with a well finished camera of average specifications.


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