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2004. One of the last film cameras Minolta made, along with the Maxxum 70. Incredibly light 335 grams, electronic shutter 30 seconds to 1/2000th. Programmed, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual exposure modes. Motorized film handling, auto load and rewind, or manual rewind. Auto-focusing, using any Maxxum lens made. Built-in flash, and the Dynax hot shoe for external flash. Supports TTL auto flash modes. DX coding or manual ASA / ISO setting. Uses 2 CR2 batteries. As you can see, it comes in a very plasticky silver finish. The rotary dial on the front selects apertures and shutter speeds, or menu items. The dial on top selects program exposure modes and sub-menus. Mine appears to be in perfect condition, will post test pics when available.
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7-2-23 First test roll done. Looks better than the Nikon N90s that was developed at the same time. Everything worked fine using several A-mount lenses. I don't know what went wrong with the date imprinter, maybe that's why someone dumped it on Goodwill. I paid more for the IR remote control on Ebay than I did for the camera. Nobody wanted it, which is great. These were shot on Arista EDU 100 ASA. Wish it was black, but it's still a great carry camera. The trash can pic reflects my deep burning hatred of people who are too lazy to walk a few lousy feet to dump their trash.

5-17-24: Rotational shoot with Kentmere 100 ASA, developed with Caffenol-C for 9 minutes. Shot with a Sigma 28-105mm (3598), and a Sigma 100-300mm (5215) that failed after a couple of shots. The flash shots using the internal flash failed also, I don't know why. Used same roll with Fujica ST605, by advancing past first 18 shots with a lens cap over the lens mount. Can disable the shutter lock when not focused by starting camera with single or multi-shot switch depressed. Then shut off and mount lens. That's the only way to do it. First shot was exposure 20. All pics past test pattern were taken in shutter priority mode, and manual focus. Metering mode was set to spot. Disabled the date printer.

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