Minolta Maxxum 5000 35mm film SLR

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Includes Minolta 50mm f1.7 lens. This lens also works with modern Sony A-mount cameras.

The Minolta Maxxum 5000 is the lesser known little brother to the famed "only the eye can focus faster" Maxxum 7000. It's a very capable camera with a plethera of features but its main strength is the fully automatic program mode: we'd recommend this camera for someone who wants an SLR with point-and-shoot easy of use. 

The included BH-70L battery holder (which is also compatible with Maxxum 7000) uses a single 2CR5 lithium battery (optional).

Condition notes
The camera and lens are in good with the only noteworthy flaws being some cracking on the rubber grip (an almost universal cosmetic issue with the 5000, 7000, and 9000 Maxxums) and a small amount of LCD bleed on the display (see photos). We film tested the camera and lens combo and it delivered sharp, correctly exposed images.



  • Type: 35mm SLR with autofocusing, auto multi-program or manual exposure, and auto film transport
  • Lens mount: Minolta "A”-type bayonet; accepts all Minolta AF lenses
  • Autofocus system: Minolta's TTL phase­detection type; working range: EV 2 to 19 at ISO 100; focus signals in viewfinder for both manual and automatic focusing
  • Shutter: Electronically controlled vertical­traverse focal-plane type
  • Shutter-speed range: Program mode, stepless 1/2000 to 4 sec. with nearest half-stop displayed in viewfinder; manual (M) mode, 1/2000 to 4 sec. in full stops; "bulb” for long exposures in M mode
  • Film-speed settings: ISO 25 to 6400 in third-stop increments; automatic setting for DX-coded film; manual setting possible for non-DX film or to override DX-setting
  • Metering: TTL center-weighted averaging type by silicon photocell (SPC) on pentaprism for ambient light; second SPC at bottom of mirror box for TTL flash metering with dedicated flash unit
  • Auto-exposure (AE) range: EV —1 to 20 at ISO 100 with 50/1.4 lens (e.g., 4 sec. at f/1.4 to 1/2000 sec. at f/22)
  • Exposure modes:
  • Program: 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 through 105mm, Tele for focal lengths longer than 105mm
  • Manual: Any available shutter speed (in full-stops) and aperture (in half-stops) can be set; settings and correct exposure indicated in viewfinder
  • Flash exposure modes; TTL flash metering at film speeds ISO 25-1000
  • Program: Automatic setting of X-sync to 1/100 sec. (or 1/60 below EV 12) and aperture; automatic fill-in flash in bright sunlight
  • Manual: Usable shutter speeds 1/100 sec. or slower, any aperture usable; speed auto­matically reset to 1/100 sec. for manually set speeds 1/125 sec. or faster
  • Backlight compensation button: In program mode, pressing button marked BLC in­creases exposure by +2 EV.
  • 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: Displays exposure mode, film speed, frame number, self-timer operation, "bulb" operation, low-battery warning, and film-transport status
  • Viewfinder: Displays exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture, low-battery warning, whether light level is within metering range, and over-/underexposure warning; display illuminated automatically in low light; LED focus signals, LED flash-ready/ sufficient-exposure signal
  • Film transport: Automatic with built-in motor drive: auto threading, auto advance to first frame, continuous film advance with focus-priority shutter release at up to 1.5 frames per second, power rewinding,
  • auto rewind stop; frame number increases by one with each exposure only when film is loaded and advancing correctly
  • Operating button: Touch-sensitive switch activates metering and viewfinder display, metering continues for 10 sec. after finger is lifted from button; press halfway to activate autofocusing and focus hold; press all the way down to release shutter
  • Audible signals: With main switch at beep position, camera emits audible signals: when subject is in focus; at the end of the roll; during self-timer operation; and as a slow shutter-speed warning in program mode when speed is below: 1/30 sec. with lenses shorter than 35mm, 1/60 sec. with lenses from 35mm to 105mm, and 1/125 . sec. with lenses longer than 105mm.
  • Controls: Keys to select manual mode, set self-timer, and set film speed; selector keys to adjust aperture, shutter speed, and film speed; closing control-key cover sets camera to program mode and cancels self-timer operation.
  • Self-timer: Electronic with 10-second delay; cancelable; operation indicated by count­down in data panel accompanied by synchronized audible beeps.
  • Other: Front and rear handgrips, eyepiece cap, film window, remote shutter-release socket, carrying strap
  • Size and weight: 52 x 92.5 x 138mm (2-1/16 x 3-5/8 x 5-7/16 in.), 550g (19-3/8 oz.) without lens and batteries
  • Optional accessories: Minolta AF lenses, Program Flash units, Data Back 70, Pro­gram Back 70, Eyepiece Correctors, Battery Holder BH-70L, External Battery Pack EP-70, off-camera cables and con­nectors, Remote Controller IR-1N.