My First Ever Film Camera - Minolta Hi Matic G by phil_howcroft

My First Ever Film Camera - Minolta Hi Matic G

This was the first Film Camera I bought.

The Minolta Hi Matic G

I bought it in 1980 from Mathers Cameras, in Bradshawgate , Bolton.

It was a cracking camera and took great pictures.

The Olympus Trip was the popular camera when I bought it, but I've always been a bit different from mainstream when it comes to gadgets.

As you can see, almost forty years later it is still in mint condition. I am very tempted to put a film in it and see the results !

Minolta became, Konica Minolta and in January 2006, sold it's camera division to Sony.

My camera of choice today ... a Sony !

I didn't know the Minolta to Sony story until i was talking to another vintage lens hunter in a charity shop at the weekend !

The camera looks beautiful, well maybe not to everyone, but to a camera geek like me it does.

You still have the camera after 40 years. I'll have to think hard to remember if I have anything in my possession from that long ago. And Mathers are still going too!
January 14th, 2020  
Fancy still having your first camera, Phil. You just have to try it out to see what results you get.
January 14th, 2020  
Amazing !
January 14th, 2020  
It looks almost brand new. You do take good care of your equipment. My first film camera was a Chinon and I think I still have it stowed away somewhere. It took great pictures, too.
January 14th, 2020  
Love it! My first camera was a Cosmic Symbol! My Mum had an Olympus Trip and my Dad always had a great range of cameras. My first SLR was my 21st present from my Dad and was an OM10. Memories!
January 14th, 2020  
It is very nostalgic with that rippled black plastic coating which featured on most cameras of the age. Sadly, I can not remember my first camera brand - but I can remember taking lots of images with the lens cap on and failing to wind the film on frequently.
January 14th, 2020  
I hope it has pride of place on the sideboard, Phil!!! Looks in mint condition and interesting to unravel that story.
January 16th, 2020  
@quietpurplehaze mint condition it is, all my lenses and old camera are in a display cabinet in my computer room :)

@helenhall ahh the lens cap on the camera, I still do that sometimes !

@casablanca memories indeed Casa' . I had , still have the OM20, I use the zuiko 50mm lens for my vintage lens photos :)

@sangwann Dione, your chinon will have a vintage lens on it which you can use :)
January 16th, 2020  
@beryl thank you beryl :)

@nickspicsnz I might just do that Nick :)

@gamelee cheers Lee, I thought Mathers was on Bradshawgate, but a google shows it has since moved. I always hang onto my geek items !
January 16th, 2020  
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