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Instruction Manual for
Minolta Maxxum 7000 "Dynax" Autofocus SLR camera - Part II

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Strap & Case

Attach the strap (supplied with camera) and case (optionally available) as shown. The eyepiece cap slips on the strap to keep it handy for use.

Putting Camera in its Case Various camera cases are available as optional accessories for the Minolta 7000.

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To put camera in its case; attach front lens cap. If using a zoom lens, turn zoom ring until lens barrel is at its shortest position.


1. Slide main switch to
2. Open back cover
3. Load film properly and close cover
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4. Check that film has advanced to first frame
5. Set film speed (p. 17; automatically set with DX-coded films).
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6. Set P mode, S drive, and cancel any exposure adjustment by using appropriate keys or pressing program reset

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7. Turn on the meter
8. Focus
9, Release shutter
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10. After last frame, rewind film
11, Remove film
12. Slide main switch to LOCK


Attach a Lens:

1. Remove body cap and rear lens cap as shown.
2. Align mounting index (red bead) on lens barrel with mounting index (
red dot) on lens mount.



3. Insert lens bayonet into mount and turn lens clockwise until it locks in place with a click.

To Remove Lens:

While pressing lens release, turn lens counterclockwise as far as it will go, then lift lens out of mount. When the camera's meter is on and the lens is removed, the aperture display shows

NOTE: * When attaching or removing lenses, never touch anything inside the camera, especially the lens contacts or mirror. ** To protect lens contacts and lens elements, always attach body and rear caps whenever a lens is not in place.

Care of glass surfaces

* Never touch lens elements or eyepiece with your fingers. If the lens becomes dirty, clean it gently with a lens brush. Only if necessary, moisten a sheet of lens tissue with one drop of lens-cleaning fluid. Then, starting at the center and using a circular motion, lightly wipe the glass surface.
* Never lift the mirror or touch its surface, as this may impair its alignment. Dust specks on the mirror's surface will not affect meter readings or picture quality; if they are annoying, have the camera cleaned at an authorized Minolta service facility.

Batteries & Power

The camera uses four AAA-size 1.5v alkaline-manganese batteries. These supply power for all functions including film transport, metering, autofocusing, and shutter release.

To Load Batteries:

1. Make sure main switch is at LOCK and remove battery holder by turning attaching screw with a coin or similar object.
2. Place new batteries in holder with plus (+) and minus H ends as indicated. Holder pivots for easier loading.

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3. Attach battery holder to body. Turn attaching screw clockwise to tighten battery holder to camera body.

Exposure mode, drive mode, and frame number will appear in the data panel. If no display appears, batteries are improperly installed or completely dead. Check that batteries are loaded correctly or replace them.

* To prevent damage from battery leakage or bursting, never mix batteries of different types, brands, or ages.
** If camera will not be used for more than two weeks, batteries should be removed.
*** Use batteries should not be disposed of in fire.
**** Keep batteries away from young children.
***** The camera and standard battery holder are designed to use alkaline-manganese batteries; do not use carbon-zinc or nickel-cadmium batteries in the standard battery holder.
****** To removing batteries, first pull out plus end of battery, then lift battery out of holder.

Battery Check

To check battery condition: After exposure, keep finger on operating button and check whether LCDs are blinking. If so, battery power is getting low and fresh alkaline-manganese batteries should be installed.

Low Power Indications

Fresh batteries should be installed in any of the following cases:
* When LCDs in viewfinder or on camera body blink.
** If shutter will not release and shutter speed and aperture are not displayed when operating button is pressed down.
* * * When film advance, rewind, or autofocus systems will not operate or when operation is extremely slow.
Cold-Weather Operation

Performance of batteries tends to decrease they become colder. Before using the camera cold weather, make sure fresh batteries a loaded. A spare set should be carried in a warm batteries are loaded. A spare set should carried in a warm pocket, in case you need change batteries while shooting. Battery capacity will be restored as temperature rises. For prolonged cold-weather use (at approx. 0
° C (32°F) or lower), using the optional Battery Holder BH-70L or External Battery Pack EP-70 with AA-size nickel-cadmium batteries recommended.

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When main switch is in LOCK position, the following data is stored in the camera's memory: frame number, film speed, exposure mode, drive mode, exposure adjustment, and manually selected exposure settings.

Memory Backup by built-in lithium battery

Data is stored using power from the batteries in the battery holder. When those batteries are exhausted or if battery holder is removed, a built-in lithium battery supplies power for memory backup. Frame number and film speed are stored, and exposure mode, drive mode, and exposure adjustment are reset to "PROGRAM", "S", and "0.0", respectively. When the battery holder (with fresh batteries) is attached and the lithium battery is exhausted, the film speed setting will blink as a warning. When both lithium and regular batteries are completely exhausted, all displays go blank. After fresh batteries are installed, all memories are reset: frame number to "0", film speed to "ISO 100", exposure mode to "PROGRAM", drive mode to "S", and exposure adjustment to "0.0".

The lithium battery should last approximately 10 years. When replacement becomes necessary, contact an authorized Minolta service facility.

Main Switch

To prevent battery drain or accidental exposures, the main switch should be set to LOCK position. To operate camera, slide main switch to ON or position.

At position, the camera gives audible beeps: when subject is brought into focus; as a slow shutter-speed warning; at the end of the roll; and during self-timer operation.

Slow Shutter-Speed Warning

With main switch at position and exposure mode set to program (P) or aperture-priority (A) mode, the camera will beep to warn that the shutter speed may be too slow for blur-free handheld exposures. If possible, a faster shutter speed should be set by using program shift (in P mode) or a larger aperture (in A mode). If necessary, camera can be mounted on a tripod, braced against a post or other firm support, or flash may be used.

When you touch the operating button, camera beeps if the shutter speed is below:
1/30 sec. with lenses shorter than 35mm,
1/60 sec. with lenses from 35mm to 105mm,
1/125 sec. with lenses longer than 105mm.

Operating Buttons The operating button controls meter activation, autofocusing with focus hold, and shutter release. Operating button functions only when main switch is at ON or ; this prevents accidental exposures and prolongs battery life.

Meter activation To activate the meter, touch the operating button. In low light, the LCD panel in the viewfinder is automatically illuminated. If proper contact is not possible (e.g., when fingers are very dry, or when wearing gloves), press the button slightly. For easier operation of other controls, meter remains on for 10 seconds after you lift your finger from the button.

Autofocusing with
focus-hold To activate autofocusing, press button halfway. Focus is held until you let up on the button.

Shutter Release Button To release the shutter, press button all the way down. In P, A, and S modes, camera will automatically set exposure, focus lens, then release shutter. NOTE: If operating, button becomes dirty or oily, set main switch to LOCK and wipe button with a clean, dry cloth.

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