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Minolta Maxxum 7 35mm SLR Camera (Body Only)


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  • Brand Name: Konica-Minolta

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  • ASIN: B0000539VS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,265 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 31, 2000

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One of Minolta's claims to fame is that they introduced to the world, back in 1985, the very first autofocusing (AF) 35mm SLR ever produced: the Maxxum 7000. The Maxxum 7 is the fifth-generation version of that original Minolta AF SLR, combining recent advances in lens design, light metering, exposure systems, and focusing automation with an ease of operation that offers photographers tremendous precision and versatility in the field.

The Maxxum 7 is the first SLR body to adopt a dot matrix navigation display, giving you the camera's overall status at a glance. The large 1.5-by-1-inch LCD panel is positioned on the camera's back cover and provides a variety of information to meet users' specific preferences or skills. This information includes camera settings, custom functions, exposure history, meter index, brightness distribution, depth of field, and data memory (selectable in five different languages). And for easy readability, the LCD display automatically shifts from horizontal to vertical orientation depending on the camera's position. This feature saves photographers the trouble of changing their holding position each time they check the data panel--which is typically placed on the top of the camera.

The central processing unit in the Maxxum 7 has a data processing speed five times faster than earlier AF SLR models. This camera provides the world's fastest autofocus speed, in spite of the greater volume of data received from the wide focus area, due to its powerful lens driving motor that promises quick accelerations and decelerations of lens movement. The Maxxum 7 is able to track abrupt changes in speed or direction perfectly. In fact, the second you bring this camera to your eye, the lens snaps into focus and is ready for use, even if you, or the object you are shooting, happens to be in motion. For example, with a 300mm lens attached, the Maxxum 7 can accurately follow an object moving as fast as 31 miles per hour to within 26 feet.

The new AF module incorporates eight line sensors, as well as Minolta's unique center dual cross-hair sensors. Its nine-point sensors cover the central area of the viewfinder frame and divide it horizontally and vertically into thirds. By efficiently covering a wide focus area, the nine-point sensors assure great flexibility when composing pictures and allow the photographer to precisely capture moving subjects. The Advanced Distance Integration (ADI) flash metering system provides greater accuracy when used with Minolta's new AF lenses, which incorporate distance encoders. The guide number control and the four-segment preflash metering work together to virtually eliminate the influence of background or subject reflectance in your photographs.

The Maxxum 7 also features 35 customizable functions that allow photographers to take instant control of virtually all camera functions. Its ergonomically redesigned AF/MF control button permits the switch between autofocus (AF) and manual focus (MF) modes via a button located on the back of the camera. This button is easily operated without losing sight of the subject in the camera's viewfinder.

Relatively small (5.6 by 3.8 by 2.6 inches) and lightweight (20.3 ounces), this camera's compact body, with the ultracompact AF 24-105mm f3.5 to f4.5 standard lens, assures greater handling and carrying comfort. With power performance features such as a top shutter speed of 1/8,000 second and a maximum drive speed of four frames per second--and all of this in a body smaller than any other 35mm AF SLR with comparable features--the Maxxum 7 sets a new standard for performance and compactness.

From the Manufacturer

You have a vision. You know what you want to achieve. And the Maxxum 7 makes it possible, faster and easier than ever before. An advanced focusing system with an ultra-fast AF speed puts this SLR at the top of its class. The new integrated operation system features familiar dial controls, extensive customization capabilities, and a revolutionary dot matrix navigation display that gives you the camera's status at a glance. The Maxxum 7's improved capability is everything you've been looking for in an SLR. At last, the vision is clear.

Features:

Complete Focus Control System
Minolta’s unique nine-point AF system with center dual cross-hair sensors covers a wide focus area providing more flexibility and greater focusing precision. The new AF module incorporates eight line sensors and Minolta’s unique Center Dual Cross-hair Sensors. The x type sensors overlapping the + type sensors in the center boasts pinpoint AF precision, taking full advantage of large-diameter lenses with the maximum aperture of f/2.8 or faster. The 9-point sensors cover the central area of the viewfinder frame divided by imaginary lines into thirds, horizontally and vertically, forming the "rule of thirds." Placing the main subject near the intersections of the lines produces a balanced composition. By efficiently covering the super-wide focus area, all the 9-point sensors assure great flexibility when composing pictures and precisely capture moving subjects. The focus-area selector allows easy and direct access to the desired local focus area. Pressing the eight-way ring key on the back of the grip activates one of the eight local focus areas, quickly shifts it, vertically, horizontally, or even diagonally within the super-wide focus area.

Unique, 9-point, wide area dual crosscut autofocusing system

  • Large total information LCD "Navigation Display"
  • Easy-to-operate, conveniently located lever and dial controls
  • Most compact and lightweight body in its class
  • Versatile direct manual focus mode for focus fine tuning
  • 1/8,000 second shutter speed
  • Built-in flash with wireless remote flash control and high speed sync
  • Advanced Distance Integration flash metering
  • 35 custom settings, data memory, and film chamber lock

    World’s Fastest AF Speed
    Due to refinements in the algorithm and CCD control, the Maxxum 7’s central processing unit has a data processing speed of about five times faster than earlier AF SLR models. In addition, the camera’s powerful lens driving motor promises quick accelerations and decelerations of lens movement. As a result, the Maxxum 7 provides the world’s fastest AF speed in spite of the greater volume of data received from the wide focus area. With the Multi-dimensional Predictive Focus Control, the Maxxum 7 is able to track abrupt changes in speed or direction - even a U-turn - perfectly. With a 300mm lens attached, for example, the Maxxum 7 can accurately follow an object moving as fast as 31 miles per hour to within 26 feet.

    Flexible Control of Auto and Manual Focus Modes
    The functional balance of autofocus and manual focus control is enhanced by the Maxxum 7’s unique AF/MF control button. This allows photographers to instantly switch control between autofocus (AF) and manual focus (MF). Simply pressing the button, conveniently located on the back of the grip - a perfect place for quick switching of focus control - quickly allows for manual focus (MF). This versatile control was made possible by utilizing a newly incorporated built-in clutch that electrically controls the AF/MF switching operation.

    Versatile DMF Mode
    Direct Manual Focus mode allows photographers to "fine-tune" focus with most Minolta AF lenses. The new clutch mechanism incorporated in the Maxxum 7 focusing system allows the focusing ring to be manually operated once the focus is locked by autofocus.

    Easy-to-Operate Lever and Dial Control
    The lever and dial controls of the Maxxum 7 ensure clear and easy operation at a glance. Full-auto and Memory functions have been added to the exposure-mode dial in addition to the conventional positions (P, A, S and M). In combination with the advanced Navigation display, the lever and dial controls achieve extremely flexible operation, including an instant reset to Full-auto mode and recall from any of three Memories of settings programmed in the Navigation display.

    Clear and Flexible Operational Displays
    The Maxxum 7 is the first camera of its class to incorporate a "Navigation Display" providing users with unequalled clarity in camera operation. The large 1.5 x 1 inch, easy-to-see LCD panel with dot-matrix presentation, positioned on the Maxxum 7’s back cover, provides a variety of information to meet users’ specific preferences or skills. These include camera settings, custom functions, exposure history, meter index, brightness distribution, depth-of-field, and data memory (selectable in five different languages). It saves photographers from changing their holding position each time they check the data panel which is typically placed at the top of the camera. This position also facilitates high-angle shooting using a tripod.

    Power Performance in the Most Compact Body in its Class
    The Maxxum 7 sets a new standard for performance and compactness. The camera boasts power performance features such as a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and maximum drive speed of 4 frames per second in a body smaller than any other 35 mm AF SLR's with the same shutter speeds and film drive speeds, based on Minolta’s standard test methods. Relatively small (5.6 x 3.8 x 2.6 inches) and lightweight (20.3 oz.), its compact body with the ultra-compact AF 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5(D) standard lens assures greater handling and carrying comfort.

    .8x Viewfinder Magnification
    In its compact body, the Maxxum 7 provides a generous viewfinder magnification of 0.8X. Combined with a diopter-adjustment function and the Spherical Acute Matte, the viewfinder presents a bright clear view for maximum ease of operation.

    ADI Flash Metering
    When used with Minolta’s new AF lenses incorporating distance encoders, Advanced Distance Integration (ADI) flash metering provides greater accuracy of the Maxxum 7’s flash exposure. Guide number control and 4-segment Pre-flash metering work together to virtually eliminate any influence of background or subject reflectance. In combination with the 5600HS(D) or 3600HS(D), pre-flash data is interpreted by the 14-segment Honeycomb-pattern cell and factored into the final exposure.

    Wireless Remote High-speed Sync
    When the Maxxum 7 is combined with Minolta’s new Program Flash 5600HS(D) or 3600HS(D), it provides flat pulse flash to achieve sync speeds of up to 1/8000 second in wireless/remote photography. This optimizes the advantages of a large aperture lens with a shallow depth of field in daylight wireless flash photography.

    Rear-flash Sync
    With slow shutter speeds (below 1/60), rear-flash sync creates a natural and pleasing effect with moving subjects by producing traces behind the subject (exposed by the ambient light), and sharply exposing the subject itself. When the shutter speed is over 1/60, the flash fires at the front-flash sync even if rear-flash sync is selected. Rear-flash sync is not available with red-eye reduction or wireless flash operation.

    Versatile Built-In Flash
    For optimum versatility, the Maxxum 7 includes a built-in flash. The flash is a manual switchover type with lift-up and push-down operation, and covers a 24 mm lens with a guide number of 39 in feet (12 in meters) at ISO 100.

    Depth-of-field Preview
    With the Maxxum 7, an independent aperture control motor allows the aperture to be changed during the depth-of-field preview, so depth-of-field can be continuously monitored. In addition, a depth-of-field display appears on the Navigation display when a lens with distance encoder is attached. The magnification ratio appears aligned with the depth-of-field if it is 1:10 or larger.

    Two Phase Distance Encoder
    The Maxxum 7 has a two-phase distance encoder system that reads both the amount and direction of the lens drive. This allows the photographer to use subject distance information in manual focus for improved accuracy of multi-segment metering and multi-segment flash metering.

    Continuous Film Advance of 4 fps
    Improvements in the sequence of shutter charge, aperture/mirror charge, and film advance enable the Maxxum 7 to achieve an action-catching film advance speed of 4 frames per second. The drive speed changes according to the selected focus mode or autofocus mode: manual focus - 4 fps, and continuous and automatic AF - 3.7 fps.

    Three Auto Focus Modes
    The Maxxum 7 allows the photographer to select the AF mode that best suits the subject. Continuous AF maintains focus on a moving subject until the picture is taken. With Automatic AF Selection, the camera continues to focus when the subject is moving and locks focus when the subject is still. Single-shot AF brings the subject into focus and locks the focus when the shutter-release button is pressed partway down.

    14-Segment Honeycomb-Pattern Metering
    The Maxxum 7’s silicon photocell is divided into 14 segments — thirteen in a honeycomb array, plus the background. The metering system uses autofocus information to determine the subject’s location, and constructs an appropriate metering pattern around it. The uniform size, shape, and distribution of each segment results in precise control of the metering pattern and therefore, the exposure. Slight subject movement results in slight adjustments to the weighting of segments within the pattern. If subject movement become great enough to affect the exposure, the metering pattern shifts smoothly to compensate. As a result, the Maxxum 7 is able to set the correct exposure even in very tricky lighting.

    Metering Index
    A sophisticated metering index in the viewfinder display makes checking exposure quick and easy, even in the dark. The index reads from -3EV to +3 EV, in 1/2 or 1/3 increments, and shows the exposure compensation setting in P, A and S modes. In M mode, it indicates the difference between the metered value and the value that has been set. In AE lock, the metering index shows the difference between the locked value and the value of the currently centered area.

    1/2 or 1/3 EV Exposure Compensation Increment
    For more flexible exposure control, the Maxxum 7 provides exposure compensation increment options: 1/2 EV and 1/3 EV increments.

    Manual Shift
    This time-saving feature allows the photographer to quickly change aperture and shutter settings in Manual Mode without affecting the original exposure selected by the photographer.

    Select-Frame Film Transport (Mid Reload)
    The Maxxum 7’s Select-frame Film Transport (Mid Reload Function) provides significant convenience when using several rolls of film in parallel or when making multiple exposures with bracketing. Photographers can unload and reload a partially exposed roll of film, or advance or rewind the film to a desired frame. This function not only minimizes the time and aggravation inherent to the reloading procedure but also greatly facilitates multiple-exposure photography with bracketing.

    Data Memory
    Once a spectacular photograph is taken, the Maxxum 7 remembers how it was achieved so the photographer can duplicate the effect again. The Maxxum 7’s data memory function can store up to 11 items of photographic data, such as aperture value, shutter speed, exposure and flash compensation increments and lens smallest f-number, from as many as seven rolls of 36-exposure film. The photographer can then access the photographic data using the Navigation display.

    Film Chamber Lock
    The Maxxum 7 is the first 35mm SLR model in the world to adopt the Film Chamber Lock feature. Once loaded, the back cover is locked until the film is completely rewound to prevent accidental opening.

    35 Custom Settings
    The Maxxum 7 provides a wide selection of custom settings to enable you to truly personalize the camera for your particular style. Functions include:

  • AF/Release priority
  • Film rewind: auto or manual
  • Film leader: rewound into cartridge/left out for Select-frame film transport function
  • DX memory: On/Off
  • Shutter-release lock (with no film in chamber): On/Off
  • Lens focus-hold button: focus hold/continuous advance bracketing/depth-of-field preview
  • Eyepiece sensor activation: with grip sensor on/without grip sensor on
  • Frame counter: counts up/count down
  • AF/MF control button: while button is pressed/after button is pressed
  • AE-lock button: while button is press/after button is pressed
  • Exposure/Flash-bracketing sequence: metered exposure/ +/- or -/metered exposure
  • Film rewind speed: fast/slow (silent)
  • Shutter-speed and aperture display duration: 5/10/30 sec.
  • Local focus area display: 0.3 sec. at focus lock/0.6 sec. at focus lock/on only when Focus area selector or Spot AF button is pressed
  • Front and rear control dial lock: always active/always inactive/locked when camera is not metering
  • Shutter-release lock when lens is not attached: locked/released
  • AF drive speed: fast/slow
  • Exposure compensation with Front/Rear control dial in P, A, and S mode
  • Front and Rear Control dial operation as set by #18/reversed
  • Flash-metering: AD 14-segment/TTL 4-segment/TTL average
  • AF Illuminator: On/Off
  • Tasking on Focus-mode switch - AF-A position: Automatic AF/DMF
  • Shutter-release button: On/Off
  • Full-auto mode of exposure-mode dial: Not acceptable/Acceptable
  • Tasking on exposure-mode dial - position ‘3’: Memory 3/STF mode
  • Factoring exposure compensation on flash metering: Factored/Not Factored
  • Detailed display: show all settings/show changes from standard settings only
  • Operation display: On/Off
  • Large-icon display: On/Off
  • Meter-index display: On/Off
  • Exposure-history display: On/Off
  • Vertical display: On/Off
  • Imprint intensity control: Off/Low Intensity/Standard/High Intensity
  • Body ID number for Data number: imprinted to DN1/imprinted from DN2 to DN9
  • Language selection: Japanese/English/German/French/Spanish

    Eye-Start Automation
    Eye-Start Operation provides an instant response to any photographic situation, saving precious seconds and allowing the photographer to capture moments that might otherwise be missed. When the camera is brought to the eye, an infrared emitter/detector beneath the viewfinder eyepiece activates the autofocus and autoexposure systems automatically, without the need to touch the shutter-release button or any other control. Eye-Start Operation can be turned on or off as desired, or activated with or without the camera’s grip sensor.

    Beautiful Defocused Images in STF Mode
    The Smooth Trans Focus (STF) mode enables almost all the Minolta AF lenses to produce a beautiful appearance of a defocused image similar to that provided by the Minolta STF 135mm F/2.8. With the STF mode, the shape of defocused areas is faithfully reproduced. This mode sets the camera’s film drive to multiple exposures, and stops down the aperture settings sequentially during the exposures to reduce the light transmittance in the lens periphery. The result is a stunning effect with virtually the same appearance as that of the STF 135mm lens, which filters the light through optical apodization elements.


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    The autofocus is super fast and the body is solid yet lightweight.
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    This is by far the best camera I have ever owned in my life, be it point and shoot, film or digital.
    Rimesh Patel
    Amazing, glorious camera that provides much more than even most expensive competitors.
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Philipp Kessler on July 16, 2002
    I bought this camera just recently and I am very happy with it. I was reading up a lot before I made the purchase and came to the conclusion that with the extreme amount of innovation, the Maxxum 7 is a professional level camera worth comparing to any other.
    The 5th-generation autofocus is extremely intelligent; nine points, with the center sensitive to vertical, horizontal and diagonal subjects. It is the fastest ever to wear the Minolta name.
    The rear of the camera contains the illuminated LCD panel that is easy to read and tells you everything you need to know about the camera's controls in just a glance. Especially nice is the fact that it records all the settings for up to 7 rolls of film. (So one can go back and see what went wrong.)
    The "Navigation Display" LCD panel with a plethora of information also makes above-head camera shots more manageable.
    The body is compact, well sealed & rugged. The Controls are optimally located. The two prominent knobs are very handy. One allows you to choose the different modes (A, S, M or full Program), while the other one allows for fast compensation settings.
    The 9-point autofocus system, with dual-cross center sensor, can be controlled by a dial in the back with ones right thumb. The Maxxum 7 boosts an 8X viewfinder magnification with built-in diopter adjustment and a sensational 92% X 94% coverage. Another great feature is the Distance-integrated flash metering with remote high-speed sync at all shutter speeds & rear-curtain sync 14-segment honeycomb-pattern metering system solves the toughest of lighting conditions with ease. The Eye-start operation initiates autofocus & autoexposure systems with just a glance into the viewfinder. One might never use all the 35 programmable custom function settings, but the Maxxum 7 is so loaded with state of the art technology, that as an amateur one will anyway never ever use all the possibilities this camera offers.
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jekabs Andrushaitis on September 5, 2002
    I recently upgraded from Dynax 5 to Dynax 7 (Or what you folks over sea call it - Maxxum:), and I really found all the features I missed in my Dynax 5. It's auto focus is very responsive and fast, metering really performs well in most situations, controls are intuitive and easy to use, big LCD provides a lot of things to tweak with, exposure memory for 7 rolls is really useful too.
    I do not use Minolta lenses however, Sigma EX series are the ones to use if you want quality for affordable price.
    Ah, and my favourite Sigma lens is the 24-70/2.8 EX DG, it really is awesome, and has 'D' mount for Minolta too :)
    Theres only one thing about Maxxum 7 I do not enjoy...the weight...it really should have been heavier!
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alex Vox on November 23, 2001
    Amazing, glorious camera that provides much more than even most expensive competitors.
    The camera has metering preview !!! It shows the matrix with metered values for each segment ! It not just allows DOS preview it meters and shows the distances ! It allows change middle exposure films! It can synchronize the external flash at any speed up to 1/8000 !!!! It is perfection and professional body, so convenient, smart and cool. I proud to own this Minolta's baby!
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rimesh Patel on April 15, 2004
    This is by far the best camera I have ever owned in my life, be it point and shoot, film or digital. I'm in the Marine Corps and took this camera with me in Iraq and countless other places and it went through some of the most extreme weather imaginable and kept on working. The camera is not labeled as splash-proof, but it should be -- I accidentally dropped this camera in a puddle of water and pulled it out and it was still working. I never had it fail on me one time. The LCD display on the back is huge and amazingly informative. The backlight on the LCD is very handy as well. The autofocus is also amazingly fast and accurate. It's a professional quality camera with beginner level accessibility.
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sam A. Mawn-Mahlau on February 15, 2004
    This is an excellent contemporary high-tech camera. I tend to shoot in aperature controlled mode, and it is very easy to change aperatures, to bracket exposures so you get three to seven shots in rapid fire with slightly different settings, and to see differing depths of field. Depending on the lens, it can also be relatively easy to modify the auto focus (so, for example, you move the center of the focus in front of or behind your subject to get the right part of the scene in focus), but note that some lenses will clutch and not be able to be hand-manipulated, leading to a need to switch to manual focus with those lenses in some cases.
    What really sells this camera, though, is the wireless flash. Do not underestimate how much this can improve your flash pictures. It is very easy to use -- I literally have shown my 3 year old, who was very curious, how to do, and got some good shots of him in the process. If you buy this camera, you should buy at least one of the Minolta "D" flashes.
    As you take bracketed shots in continuous focus mode, the camera does a good job of remaining in focus. For those of us with glasses, there is a diopter adjustment in the viewfinder that adjusts the viewfinder to our own current prescription. On manual focus, this has a real impact on my photos, where my focus was previously a bit soft much of the time.
    I end up with a couple of minor complaints -- the selector button that lets you choose which sensor to use in focusing is placed right where my nose can hit it, and I've had to learn to take care not to accidentally change the setting with my nose. Also, I'd like to see the new anti-shake technology that is being incorporated in Minolta's new digital 7 incorporated into the 7. I suspect it is just time until this happens.
    All in all, an extraordinary camera.
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