Minolta Hi-Matic 11 with Ilford XPS Super

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Prior to this latest outing, I had shot with my Minolta Hi-Matic 11 only twice since getting it back in October.

I really enjoyed using the Hi-Matic those first couple of times. It’s my only rangefinder so it’s a different experience from any of my other cameras. It also does not have an aperture priority mode which is usually my default mode. It has a shutter priority mode which I’ve played around with a little, but I’ve mainly used it in automatic mode which I don’t do with any of my cameras that have options to do otherwise.

Previously, I used color film with the Hi-Matic which resulted in pleasantly bright and somewhat over-saturated photos. Blues tended to really stand out.

Given the success of shooting with color, I was interested in trying it with black and white film. I decided to go with the roll of Ilford XPS Super I had gotten from the Casual Photophile Film of the Month Club. I don’t think I’ve used an Ilford film that I haven’t liked and this was no exception.

I went out twice with it, first on a walk in our more immediate neighborhood as Holly and I have been trying to explore more of the pockets of it we haven’t explored before.

Tiny Chair
Tiny Chair
Veolia Energy
Veolia Energy

The second time out, we went on a longer walk with a friend of ours who was on a mission to take pictures along different blocks of the street where she lives. Her house is on a fairly small street so I was able to take some photos where I had mostly not been before not only along her street but also along some of the parallel streets as we wended our way back and forth.

Lincoln Day Educational Center and Tooth
Lincoln Day Educational Center and Tooth
RoadMaster Motorcycle Hearse
RoadMaster Motorcycle Hearse

I was equally pleased with the outcome using black and white film as I was with the color results. The next time I go out with it, I want to concentrate on learning how to use the shutter priority mode.

Now that we’re at the end of July, I hope we’re not too far away from somewhat cooler weather. The pandemic is enough of a barrier to going outside. I don’t need it to be 95 degrees and humid as well.

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