Minolta 7000

miloMinolta 7000 – Date 1985

The Minolta Maxxum 7000 35mm SLR (often called the “Dynax” in some areas) camera was introduced in 1985 and was the first camera to feature both intergrated autofucus and motorised film advance, the standard configuration for later amateur and professional single lense reflex camera. This revolutionary camera redefined what an SLR was with the addition of computer chips in the camera body, senses and accessories. In addition to autofocus, the Maxxum had manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, and program modes. Knobs and dials were replaced with pushbuttons and internal and external liquid crystal displays (LCD’s). Popular with many new buyers, the LCD displays were disliked by some photographers used to the older controls.
Lens Compatibility -Stainless-steel self-lubricating bayonet.
Works with all Minolta MAXXUM AF and Sony Alpha lenses.

TTL phase-detection with 8-bit digital on-board computer.
One central point.
Rated EV 2 to EV 19.
Focuses and locks in Single advance mode, continues to track moving objects in Continuous advance mode.

0.85x magnification with 50mm lens.
94% coverage.

Bright Acute-Matte screen.
Bottom data LCD is lit from ambient light above the MAXXUM 7000, or by amber LEDs when the light is dim.
To the left of the data LCD are four big LEDs: three LEDs ( > o < ) for focus, and one red flash bolt.

Light Meter
Center-weighted silicon photocell.
Second silicon photocell for TTL OTF flash meter.
Rated to read at a very wide LV —1 (LV negative one; 4 seconds at f/1.4 at ISO 100) to LV 20 (f/22 at 1/2,000 at ISO 100).
DX coded and sets manually from ISO 25 to ISO 6,400 (only to ISO 1,000 with TTL flash).
±4 stops compensation, set in half stops.

Exposure Modes
Program, Aperture-, Shutter-priority and Manual (P, A, S and M).
Program shifts itself when wider than 35mm or longer than 105mm.

Manually shiftable program.

Through-the-lens (TTL) off-the-film (OTF) real-time exposure control
Standard hot shoe (lacking in all newer MAXXUM and older Sony cameras).

Dedicated contacts.
The Minolta 4000 AF (large), 2800 AF (medium) and 1800 AF (small) were the usual flashes sold with the MAXXUM 7000.

Flash Sync

Vertical metal focal plane.
30 seconds to 1/2,000 and Bulb.
Maximum Bulb time: 9 hours with alkaline AA, 4 hours with alkaline AAA.
Sets in full stops in manual.
Sets steplessly and reads in half stops in auto modes.
10s self-timer.

Remote control
RC-1000 cord attaches to three pins hidden under a plastic cover on the front corner of the MAXXUM 7000 body.

Frame Rate
2 frames per second.

As shipped, the MAXXUM 7000 uses 4-AAA cells in the standard BH-70S battery holder
The BH-70L battery holder takes 4-AA cells as shown here, making the camera bigger and heavier while increasing battery life.
The EP-70 external battery holder takes 4-AA cells and is used in cold weather so you can keep the batteries warm in your pocket.
The BH-70T takes a 6-volt lithium battery.
Maximum Bulb time: 9 hours with alkaline AA, 4 hours with alkaline AAA.

The manual claims that there is a lithium cell in the camera to retain frame count and ISO if you remove the main battery grip. If this cell is dead, you won’t see these displayed with the main batteries removed, and supposedly they’ll blink when the main battery is attached to let you know.

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