The circa 1990 Minolta X-9 was the company's last new SR-mount camera design. (This incredibly successful series began in 1958 with the original Minolta SR). The X-9 is a very lightweight and easy-to-use SLR yet well-equipped with features. It's very similar to the earlier X-370n but adds a few refinements, including a very bright accute-matte focusing screen (with with diagonal split-image and microprism focus aids) and depth-of-field preview function. The original ever-ready case is included.
The camera requires two 357 silver oxide (available as an option) or LR44 alkaline batteries.
Here's the description of the camera from its manual:
Your Minolta X-9 is an easy-to-use microcomputerized single-lens-reflex (SLR) camera with quartz control of mechanical sequences and shutter, speed, providing-lasting accuracy and years of enjoyment. In its aperture-priority auto-exposure (AE) mode ("AUTO" on the camera), the X-9 automatically sets the precise shutter speed, according to the in-camera meter for correct exposure, at the aperture you selected An AE lock can be used to hold a meter reading and then readjust the framing before releasing the shutter. Auto control is maintained even when using mirror lenses and close-up accessories such as bellows—not possible with shutter-priority AE systems Creative flexibility exists in the X-9's match-LED/full-metered manual mode: For correct exposure at the metered value, simply adjust aperture and/or shutter speed to align blinking and glowing LEDs in the viewfinder. Or you can also merely refer to these LEDs—or totally disregard them—when making your own settings. Flash photography is also simple: just attach a Minolta X-series Auto Electroflash, adjust aperture, and shoot. Flash-ready single is given in the viewfinder, and the shutter is automatically set for proper sync, at 1 /60 sec. The X-9 can be used with Minolta's wide range of accessories, such as wide-angle, telephoto, and zoom lenses, Motor Drive 1, Auto Winder G, and much more.
Condition notes This camera is in very good aesthetic and functional condition. The included Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 lens is also in very good condition (see photos). The camera and lens were tested with film and delivered sharp, correctly exposed photos. We tested the shutter and its speeds are very accurate.
Options If you choose '+ batteries', a pair of 357 silver oxide batteries will be installed; if you pick '+ batteries & film', a 24-exposure roll of Fujicolor 200 film will also be included.
Type: Electronically controlled 35mm SLR autoexposure camera
Lens mount: Minolta SLR bayonet (54° rotation angle); coupling for full-aperture metering and automatic diaphragm control with Minolta MD and MC lenses Focusing: Manual on Acute-Matte viewfinder screen with split-image and microprism areas
Exposure control: Aperture-priority automatic exposure control with AE lock function; autoexposure range: EV 1 to EV 18 (eg., 1 sec. at f/1.4 to 1/1000 sec. atf/16) with ISO 100 film; Manual exposure mode
Shutter: Quartz-controlled, horizontal-traverse, focal- plane type; stepless speeds of 1/1000 to 4 sec. set automatically in autoexposure mode, fixed speeds from 1/1000 to 1 sec. set manually at detented indications in manual mode; shutter release lock when voltage too low for proper operation.
Metering: TTL center-weighted, with silicon photocell mounted at rear of pentaprism
Controls: Main switch, selector dial for setting exposure mode and shutter speeds, shutter-release button, AE lock/self-timer switch, and rewind release button
Film-speed range: ISO 12 to 3200, set with film speed dial that locks at 1/3-EV increments
Film advance: Manual by lever with 130° stroke after 30° unengaged movement, automatic with accessory Motor Drive 1 or Auto Winder G; release button for rewind on camera bottom; advancing-type frame counter Viewfinder: Eye-level fixed roof mirror shows 95% of 24 x 36mm film-frame area; magnification: 0.84X with 50mm lens focused at infinity
Viewfinder data display: Mode indication (A or M), shutter-speed scale with LED indicators for metered speed and manually set speed, over-/under-range LED indicators, "B" setting indicator, flash-ready signal, aperture setting, automatic battery check; displays and metering activated for 15 sec. by lightly pressing the shutter-release button or by engaging the AE lock Power: Two 1.5V alkaline-manganese, two 1.55V silver oxide, or one 3V lithium cell(s); main switch with on/ off settings; mode indicator LED in viewfinder blinks to indicate low battery; LED ceases operation and shutter locks when voltage is too low for proper operation
Self-timer: Electronic with 10-sec. delay; cancelable; operation indicated by self-timer LED that blinks at 2Hz for first 8 sec., then 8Hz for 1 sec., then remains on until shutter release