Minolta Maxxum 7000 35mm film SLR
Minolta Maxxum 7000 35mm film SLR
Includes Minolta AF 50mm f1.7 lens
"Only the human eye focuses faster".
The Maxxum 7000 was a landmark camera when it was released in 1985--it was the first truly successful autofocus SLR (previous attempts were goofy hacks). And it's still a fun-to-use and very capable camera today.
The camera takes Minolta A-mount lenses which continue to be used in Sony Alpha DSLR and SLT digital cameras (Sony bought Minolta's camera technology). The camera is powered by four AAA batteries (not included). The included lens is a fast and sharp Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm f1.7.
This Maxxum 7000 and the included lens were tested with film and performed superbly. All the negatives were correctly exposed and sharp. All shutter speeds are working with good accuracy. The camera is in overall very good cosmetic condition (see photos), the most noteworthy flaw is the LCD display has blackened along its leftmost edge (see photos, this is a very, very common occurrence with these cameras); this doesn't affect the screen's legibility. The included lens is in very good condition but the rubber trim shows some whitening (an almost universal aesthetic flaw with Minolta lenses of from this era).
- Type: 35mm SLR with microcomputer control of autofocus, auto multi-program, multimode, auto film transport, and LCD data panels
- Lens mount: Minolta "A"-type, self-lubricating stainless-steel bayonet; accepts all MAXXUM AF lenses for continuous lens control by automatic electronic-mechanical dedication
- Autofocus system: Minolta's TTL phase-detection type with 8-bit microcomputer for direct, digital adjustment
- Sensitivity range: EV 2 to 19 at ISO 100 in ambient light
- Manual focusing: By referring to focus signals (LEDs) in viewfinder, or visually using Acute-Matte screen
- Controls: Keys to set exposure mode, drive mode, exposure adjustment, and film speed; up/down keys to select speed, aperture and to control program shift; AE lock; program reset returns camera to P mode, S drive, and cancels exposure adjustment.
- Shutter: Electronically controlled verticaltraverse focal-plane type
- Auto speeds: Stepless 1/2000 to 30 sec. with nearest half-stop setting displayed
- Manual speed: 1/2000 to 30 sec. in full-stop settings plus "bulb”
- Film-speed settings: ISO 25 to 6400 in ambient light, ISO 25 to 1000 for TTL flash metering, both in 1/3-EV steps; auto film speed setting with DX-coded films
- Metering: TTL center-weighted averaging type; by silicon photocell on pentaprism for ambient light; second SPC at bottom of mirror box for TTL flash metering with dedicated flash units
- Auto-exposure (AE) range: EV —1 to 20 with ISO 100 film and 50/1.4 lens (e.g., 4 sec. at f/1.4 to 1/2000 sec. at f/22)
- Exposure modes:
- Program: Both shutter speed and aperture set according to AE program automatically selected by camera: Wide program for focal lengths shorter than 35mm, Standard for focal lengths from 35mm to 105mm, Tele for focal lengths longer than 105mm; program changes automatically when zooming from one range to another.
- A: Aperture-priority AE; any available aperture selectable in half-stops, camera sets corresponding stepless shutter speed from 1/2000 to 30 sec.
- S: Shutter-priority AE; any speed from 1/2000 to 30 sec. selectable in full stops, camera sets aperture from range available on lens
- M: Metered-manual exposure; manual setting of any speed and aperture; correct exposure indicated in viewfinder.
- TTL flash metering: Operates in all flash modes with dedicated units
- Program: Automatic setting of X-sync to 1/100 sec. (1/60 below EV 12) and aperture; automatic fill-in flash in bright sunlight
- A: 1/100 sec. X-sync set automatically; any available aperture usable; AE lock enables slower X-sync speed through 30 sec. for balancing flash with ambient lighting
- M:Any shutter speed 1/100 sec. or slower and all available apertures usable; speed automatically reset to 1/100 sec. at manually set speeds 1/125 sec. or faster
- Exposure controls: Exposure adjustment EV +4 to —4 in half-stops; AE lock holds metered AE settings; program shift for temporary selection of other programmed apertureshutter speed settings (in half-stops) for metered EV, shifted settings held as long as meter stays on.
- Operating button: Touch Switch activates metering and LCD displays, which remain on for 10 sec. after finger is lifted from button; pressing halfway activates autofocusing and focus hold; pressing button all the way releases shutter
- Film transport: Automatic with built-in motor drive: auto threading, auto advance to first frame, S mode for single-frame advance, C mode for continuous advance at up to 2 frames per second, power rewinding, auto rewind stop; advancing frame counter in data panel
- Viewfinder: Eye-level fixed pentaprism shows 94% of 24 x 36mm film-frame area; magnification 0.85X with 50mm lens at infinity
- Data displays:
- Top panel: LCDs indicate exposure mode, program shift, shutter speed, aperture, exposure adjustment, film speed, frame number, drive mode, self-timer operation, "bulb" operation, low battery warning, over-/ under-exposure warning
- Viewfinder: LCDs indicate exposure mode, program shift, shutter speed, aperture, exposure adjustment, film speed, low battery warning, whether light is within metering range, over/underexposure warning; LEDs indicate focus status, if flash is charged, correct flash exposure; illuminated automatically in low light
- Power: Four AAA-size 1.5v alkaline-manganese batteries power all operations; built-in lithium cell for memory back-up; low power indicated by blinking LCDs; sliding main switch: LOCK, ON, and Beep (a speaker icon) positions
- Battery performance: With AAA-size alkaline-manganese (AM) batteries, 25 rolls of 24-exposure film; using optional Battery Holder BH-70L and AA-size AM batteries, 65 rolls, AA-size Ni Cd batteries, 20 rolls
- Audible beeper: At the beep position, camera beeps: when subject is in focus; at the end of the roll; during self-timer operation; and as a warning in P or A mode when shutter speed is below: 1/30 sec. with focal lengths shorter than 35mm, 1/60 sec. with focal lengths from 35mm to 105mm, and 1/125 sec. with focal lengths longer than 105mm.
- Self-timer: Electronic with 10-second delay; cancellable; operation indicated by 3-stage blinking LED with simultaneous audible beeping and countdown in data panel.
- Other: Front and rear handgrips, eyepiece cap, film window, remote control terminal, carrying strap
- Size and weight: 52 x 91.5 x 138mm (2-1/16 x 3-5/8 x 5-7/16 in.), 555g (19 9/16 oz.) without lens and batteries
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