Item 2005.006.15.62 - Minolta Hi-Matic AF2

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Minolta Hi-Matic AF2

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  • 1981 (Manufacturing)
    Minolta Camera Co., Ltd.

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1 piece of photographic equipment : camera

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Item is an automatic, auto-focus 35mm camera with built-in flash and electronic shutter. The Hi-Matic AF2 was the first 35mm rangefinder camera with active infrared auto-focus, which uses an infrared beam to determine the distance of objects in the viewfinder. It was launched in 1981 as the successor of Minolta's Hi-Matic AF. The lens is a Minolta 38mm f/2.8 4-element with a 46mm filter thread, and angle of view of 58°. The focus of the camera is 1 meter to infinity and is auto-focus is activated when the shutter is slightly pressed. The viewfinder is bright and features parallax-correction marks. A 10-second self-timer is mounted beside the lens. The camera has a built-in "warning system" that automatically beeps to notify the user of low light, so they might turn on the flash. The camera's warning system also beeps at the user should the image be out of the focus or flash range. This was one of the last of the high-quality Hi-Matic series manufactured by Minolta. Dimensions are 53.5 x 76 x 129mm.

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Donated to Ryerson University Library and Archives by the estate of Robert S. York.


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