Modern Classic SLR Series
Instruction Manual for
Minolta Maxxum 7000 "Dynax" Autofocus SLR camera - Part IV

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Aperture settings Table at left shows aperture settings that are displayed in P and A for the 50mm f/1.7 lens. Numbers such as 6.7 and 9.5 are half-stop settings between whole f-stops. Thus, for example, the half-stop setting between f/8 and f/11 is f/9.5.
Shutter speed settingsTable at right shows shutter speed settings that are displayed in P and A modes. In M and S modes, only the speeds in bold type can be set. Numbers such as 750 and 350 are half-stop indications between standard shutter speeds. Thus, for example, the half-stop indication between 1/1000 sec. and 1/500 sec. is 1/750 sec.

Indications for speeds from 1/2000 sec. to 1 sec. are: 2000 = 1/2000 sec., 1000 = 1/1000 sec., etc. Speeds from 0.7 sec. to 30 sec. are indicated: 0"7=0.7 sec., 1"=1 sec., 1"5 =1.5 sec., etc.

Note: "Bulb" setting should be used only in M mode.

The Minolta 7000 features two drive modes: "S" drive for single-frame advance and "C" drive for continuous advance. "S.T." is the indication for self-timer. Also check for information about self-timer operation.

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* In single-frame mode, film is advanced one frame after each exposure, and the camera is always ready for the next shot.
* In continuous mode, just hold the operating button down to capture fast-action sequences at up to two frames per second.
To set drive mode:

While pressing drive mode (DRIVE) key, press either of the shutter speed keys until a small bar appears above the desired mode.


To autofocus with single-frame advance:

1. Set focus mode switch to "AF" and drive mode to "S".
2. Center focus frame on subject.

3. Press operating button halfway. The camera automatically focuses lens. The green focus signal in the viewfinder glows (and camera beeps at at)) position) when subject is in focus.

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4. Focus is held as long as operating button is kept pressed. If desired, you can recompose the picture with the subject anywhere in the frame. 5. To release the shutter, press operating button all the way down.


To autofocus with continuous film advance:

1. Set focus mode switch to "AF" and drive mode to "C".
Note: If illumination is too low or if subject cannot be autofocused, both red focus signals will blink to indicate that manual focusing is necessary.

2. While keeping the focus frame centered on the subject, press operating button all the way down. Camera will continuously focus and release the shutter as long as operating button is pressed. To prevent out-of-focus Pictures, the shutter will release only when the subject appearing in the focus frame is in focus.

Focus signals
during autofocusing:

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To focus manually with focus signals:

1. Set focus mode switch to M.
2. Center focus frame on subject.
3. Touch operating button to activate focus signals.

Focus Signals during manual focusing

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4. a. The red triangular LEDs in the viewfinder will light to indicate which way to turn the lens. Turn the focusing ring until the green circular LED glows. b. Blinking of both red LEDs indicates that the subject cannot be focused with signals, but must be focused visually using the Acute Matte focusing screen. Turn focusing ring until subject appears sharpest in the viewfinder.

5. Press operating button all the way down to release the shutter.

Autofocusing in
Special Situations
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In situations where red LEDs blink or the green LED glows but the subject does not appear sharp, additional care should be taken to assure accurate focus:

* If subject contrast is too low (A), use focus-hold to lock focus on another subject at the same distance, then recompose photograph and release shutter.
* In cases where two subjects are at different distances within the focus frame (B) or where parallel lines interfere with autofocusing (C), focus manually on Acute-Matte screen.
* When light is too low for the autofocus system to respond, a Minolta Program Flash can be used. 0 For extremely bright subjects, using a neutral-density filter is recommended.


To obtain sharp, blur-free photos, hold the camera as still as possible and steady it against your face or body. Press the operating button gently with a slow, steady squeeze-never a quick jab.

Two recommended ways of holding the camera are shown here. If you grasp the camera firmly with your right hand on its hand grip, you can shift it back and forth for horizontal (A) and vertical (B) pictures without removing your hands from the controls. When autofocusing, be sure not to hold focusing ring.


To rewind and unload film:

After the last frame, "FILM" and frame number blink (and camera beeps at position). To prevent double exposures or damage to the film, the shutter locks, and exposure settings disappear until film is fully rewound.

1. While pressing rewind release (R), slide rewind switch to left. (it stays in this position; you need not hold it.) During rewinding, "FILM" blinks.
2. After rewinding, "FILM" continues to blink and "0" appears in frame counter. Open back cover and remove film.

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NOTE: If rewinding stops before "0" appears, DO NOT open back cover. Slide main switch to LOCK, insert fresh batteries, and slide switch ON to finish rewinding.


For daylight fill-flash or in low light, a Minolta Program Flash unit can be attached to the camera's accessory shoe. With this unit and your Minolta 7000, flash photography is as simple as available-light photography. TTL (through -the-I en s) metering controls exposure in all modes. LEDs in the viewfinder and on the flash unit keep you well informed during operation.

For further information, refer to the owner's manual for the flash unit.


A. Large aperture Sometimes you may Want to set the lens aperture to obtain a certain effect, such as making a large part of the scene sharply focused or emphasizing a subject against an out-of-focus background. In, A mode, once desired aperture is set, the camera will automatically select the proper shutter speed.

B. Small aperture Large apertures (small f-numbers) yield shallow field of sharp focus (photo A). Small apertures (large f-numbers) give greater dept. of field (photo B). To determine approx. depth of field, use the depth-of-field scales marked on the lens.


A. Fast shutter speed At other times, the subject or effect you want may require a certain shutter speed. If so, press the shutter speed keys until the desired speed is indicated in the data panel. In shutter priority mode, the correct aperture for normal exposure will be automatically selected by the camera.

B. Slow shutter speed Fast shutter speeds, such as 1/500 to 1/2000 sec., can be used to "freeze" action (photo A). Slow shutter speeds, such as 1/15 sec. or slower, can be used to emphasize subject flow or motion (photo B).

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