How to calibrate the focus on your Minolta Hi-Matic 7SII

Calibrate-Rangefinder-Minolta-7sii-RingAfter some years of use, or even from just laying around, the focusing on your rangefinder might be a little off, resulting in unsharp pictures. With only seven simple steps you can calibrate the focusing on your Minolta Hi-Matic 7SII to make it produce tack sharp photos once again. Here is how:

  1. Flip open the back of the camera and look for the small screw that is marked out with a magenta colored circle in the picture above. This is a cover screw, hiding a smaller adjustment screw a few millimeters behind it (out of sight).
  2. Unscrew the cover screw carefully. It is short and easy
    to loose.
  3. Set the lens to focus on infinity and aim the camera at something enough far away to reach infinity focus. A distant lamppost is a great focus reference, for example.
  4. Place a small slotted/flat-blade screwdriver (something similar to a “jewelers screwdriver”) inside the hole where the cover screw once sat. Go by feel to locate the track of the adjustment screw and carefully rotate the adjustment screw in any direction.
  5. Now look through the viewfinder. Has the focus patch moved closer to perfect focus? If so, keep turning the screw in the same direction. If it is becoming less focused, just turn the screw in the opposite direction.
  6. Repeat until you have reached perfect focus, where the focus patch perfectly aligns with the parallax image.
  7. The last step is to put the cover screw back in place, load some new film in your camera and go out and shoot. – Simple as that.

Good luck and let me know how it went in the comment section below!

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