Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 Auto Focus Camera
The Hi-Matic AF2 is an early auto focus point and shoot camera from Minolta. "Hi-Matic", of course, was carried over from Minolta's very popular series of rangefinder cameras, such as the Hi-Matic 7s, and many others. As was typical of the time, and unlike its earlier rangefinder siblings, the AF2 is constructed of mostly plastic, but manages to feel moderately well made. The plus side is you get a lightweight camera which sports an nice, sharp, contrasty 38mm F2.8 lens. Other features are in keeping with earlier Hi-Matic rangefinders, such as manual film wind and rewind, making the AF2 quieter than many of its noisy motor-driven counterparts of the day. Read on for more likes and dislikes...
LIKES: sharp and contrasty 38mm F2.8 Minolta lens; manual film wind and rewind for quiet operation (other than the modest auto focus noise); manual setting of film speed; manual flash activation (doesn't activate unless you decide you want flash); takes screw on filters; lightweight yet feels moderately well made
DISLIKES: The only thing I really wasn't impressed with on the AF2 was flash coverage - the corners of my flash photos were dark, especially on the left side. I'm not sure if that was a problem with just my example of this camera, or if it's a problem with all of them.
ABOVE: Falmouth Town Landing Peir, Falmouth, Maine. Photo taken with a Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 using Kodak Ultramax 400 color print film.