The Minolta Maxxum XTsi (called the Alpha Sweet in Japan) is lightweight and well-designed late 1990s 35 film SLR. It includes a Minolta AF 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 zoom lens. While it's certainly not as much of a looker as the Minoltas of the 70s and 80s, this is very capable camera.
See the specs list below for an exhaustive list of what's included, but one interesting feature is a very cool switchable 'eye start' mode where the autofocus will begin working as soon as it detects your eye in the viewfinder. The viewfinder is excellent too: offering an accumatte-screen should you wish to manually focus while providing easily readable info on the shutter speed/aperture/and metering off to the left side. The XTsi also It's an excellent choice as a film camera for anyone who uses a Sony Alpha-series digital SLR with A-mount lenses (the lenses are compatible).
Options If you opt for '+ batteries' two CR2 3V lithium batteries will be included; if you choose '+ batteries & film' you'll also get a 24 exposure roll of Fujicolor 200 film.
Condition notes The camera was tested with a shutter analyzer and all shutter shutter speeds are working with very good accuracy and shutter curtain symmetry (an important factor for even exposure). The camera was tested with a battery and film installed (the film was not developed however) and all functions are working correctly. The camera and lens are in good aesthetic condition with only minor wear on the body. The lens includes a removable hood and UV filter; the UV filter has always been in place to protect the front lens element.
Type: 35mm SLR with microcomputer control of built-in flash, autofocus (AF), and autoexposure (AE).
Lens: Accepts Minolta Maxxum AF lenses. Power zoom and power focus possible with AF zoom xi and AF power zoom lenses
Lens mount: Minolta A-type bayonet mount (stainless steel).
Crosscut autofocus system: Minolta's newly-developed, through-the-lens (TTL) phase-detection three-point crosscut system with wide focus area, two vertical CCD side sensors, plus one crosshair-type CCD line sensor in the center; activated by eye-start operation; continuous predictive AF/focus lock selected automatically according to subject movement; auto/manual focus switchable manually.
AF Sensitivity: EV -1 to 18 (at ISO 100).
AF Illuminator: Built-in flash automatically activated in low light and low-contrast situations to aid focusing. Range: approximately 3 to 16-1/2 feet with 50mm lens (based on Minolta's standard test methods). With a dedicated flash unit, its AF illuminator (LED) will be selected automatically.
Manual Focusing: By monitoring focus signals in viewfinder and/or visually on the Acute-Matte viewfinder screen.
Exposure Modes: Program AE (P mode), subject program selection (5 programs), creative exposure control (A, S, and M modes).
P Mode: Programmed control (expert program selection) of aperture and shutter speed based on lens specifications and scene characteristics. Built-in flash fires automatically, attached accessory flash fires when on.
Subject Program Selection: Five user-selectable programs tailored to specific subject or scene characteristics: portrait, landscape, close-up, sports/action, night portrait
Aperture priority (A mode): Any available aperture in 0.5 EV increments selectable; shutter speeds from 1/4000 to 30 seconds set by autoexposure program.
Shutter priority (S mode): Any shutter speed from 1/4000 to 30 seconds selectable in 1 EV increments; aperture set by autoexposure program.
Manual exposure (M mode): Any shutter speed/aperture combination selectable, correct and over/under exposure indicated in viewfinder; BULB also selectable.
Exposure compensation: Plus or minus 3 EV in 0.5 increments manually selectable in any mode or subject program.
AE bracketing: Plus or minus 0.5 EV in 0.5 increments; 3 exposures per series
Metering type: TTL with 14-segment honeycomb-pattern silicon photocell (SPC); automatically activated by pressing the shutter-release button partway down. Direct TTL OTF flash metering. Spot metering (5.5 millimeters) available. Direct TTL OTF metering for flash.
Metering range: EV 1 to 20 (f1.4 lens); spot: EV 4 to 20.
Built-In flash: Guide number 39 (in feet); flash coverage for 28 millimeters; recycling time approximately 3 seconds (based on Minolta's standard test methods); powered by camera's battery; pre-flash for red-eye reduction.
Film handling: Automatic advance to first frame, automatic advance between frames, automatic rewind, manual start of rewind selectable.
Continuous drive: 2 frames per second; continuous AF; focus priority; focus checked and adjusted after each frame.
Multi-exposure: 2 exposures per frame available.
Film speed: DX-coded film speed set automatically; non-DX-coded film exposed at previous ISO setting. Range: ISO 25 to 5000 (1/3-stop increments). Range with flash: ISO 25 to 1000. Manual ISO setting: ISO 6-6400 (1/3 stop increments).
Viewfinder: Roof mirror type with built-in LCD panel.
Field of view: 90 percemt of film frame.
Magnification: 0.75x (with 50 millimeter lens focused on infinity).
Diopter correction: -1 diopter (fixed).
Eye relief: 16 millimeter from the eyepiece, 13 millimeter from eyepiece frame.