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Minolta Maxxum QTsi 35mm film SLR w/ 35-80mm lens (serial 99919519)

Minolta Maxxum QTsi 35mm film SLR w/ 35-80mm lens (serial 99919519)

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The circa-1999 Minolta Maxxum QTsi is one of the lightest and easiest-to-use 35mm film SLRs that the company ever made. Minolta clearly went out of their way to make a versatile and foolproof autofocus film camera for people with more important things to do than studying instruction manuals. The camera has a default 'fully auto' mode plus five dedicated modes for common photographic situations (portrait; landscape/scenery; close-up; sports/action; nighttime). It also has a built-in pop-up flash.

The included lens is a Minolta AF 35-80mm f4-5.6 zoom. This camera requires two CR2 batteries (available as an option). 

Popular Photography review

From the November 1999 issue of Popular Photography:

The Minolta Maxxum QTsi (Cutesy for long, we guess) is the camera that many of us have been begging camera makers to produce for years. No, not a camera for most of us but a small, light interchangeable-lens point-and-shoot AF SLR that can be used successfully by all those snapshooters who want the major advantages of an AF SLR but go psycho when they see the likes of shutter speeds, aperture markings, or numerals of any kind except in a frame counter. There's nothing in the finder but central autofocus area brackets plus a huge green focus-OK (or not OK) circle and a flash signal at the left side of the finder. In poor ambient light or backlit scenes, the flash pops up automatically when needed. The Cutesy has built-in provision for wireless TTL control of off-camera accessory flash, regular non-shiftable program mode, plus pushbuttons for portrait, scenic, closeup, action, and night-portrait subject modes. At 18 ounces with the new 35-80mm Maxxum f/4-5.6 lens focusing to 15 inches (1:4 magnification at 80mm), plus two CR2 lithium batteries, the Cutesy may be the lightest (and least expensive) AF SLR extant. Our preproduction sample QTsi handled as easily as any snapshooter could wish.

Battery info

This camera requires two CR2 lithium batteries (available as an option).

Condition notes

The camera was tested with a shutter analyzer and calibrated light source and its auto exposure was confirmed to be working with very good accuracy. The camera was tested with a battery and film installed (the film was not developed) and all functions are working correctly.


Minolta QTsi PDF

  • Camera Type:35mm SLR with built-in flash, autoexposure (AE), and action predictive autofocus (AF)
  • Lens Mount: Minolta A-type bayonet mount
  • Viewfinder: SLR roof mirror type, 90% field of view
  • Magnification: 0.75X
  • Shutter
    • Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
    • Speeds: 30 sec. - 1/2000 sec.
    • Flash sync speed: 1/90 or slower; 1/45 with wireless flash
  • Focus
    • Type: TTL phase-detection system, with one CCD sensor. Autofocus and manual focus modes.
    • AF Sensitivity Range: EV -1 to18 (ISO 100)
    • AF Illuminator: Built-in with range of 1.0 - 5.0m. Automatically activated in low-light/ low-contrast situations.
    • AF Control: Single-shot, continuous, automatic AF-mode selection.
  • Exposure
    • Modes: P and 5 Subject Program modes (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait)
    • Type: TTL metering; direct TTL metering for flash
    • Metering Cell: 2-segment SPC for ambient light and flash-metering SPC for flash.
    • Metering Range: EV 4 - 20 (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens)
    • Film-speed Setting: Automatic: ISO 25 to 5000 for DX-coded film. Flash: ISO 25 - 1000.
  • Film Transport
    • Loading: Auto load
    • Drive Modes: Single frame, continuous advance (1 frame/sec.), self-timer.
    • Rewind: Auto rewind, manual start (Count-down display)
    • Frame counter: Forward shows number of exposures taken)
  • Built-in Flash
    • GN: 12 (ISO 100 in meters)
    • Coverage: 28mm angle of view
    • Recycling Time: Approx. 3 sec. (according to Minolta test methods)
  • Additional
    • Power: Two CR2 lithium batteries
    • Battery Performance: See table on page 61 of manual
    • Dimensions:135.0 × 90.0 × 58.5mm (WxHxD); QD model: 135.0 x 90.0 × 61.0mm (WxHxD)
    • Weight : 340g (w/o camera battery); QD model: 355g (w/o camera battery) 
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