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Minolta Maxxum 7000 "Dynax" Autofocus SLR camera - Part V

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AE LOCK (auto-exposure Lock)

To operate: The AE (auto-exposure) lock is used to obtain proper exposure in high-contrast lighting situations where the subject is on the edge of the frame or occupies only a small part of the center.

1. Shift~ camera's position so subject fills most of the frame. For smaller subjects, you may need to move closer (or zoom in). 2. With meter on, press and hold AE lock (AE-L button). 3. While keeping it pressed, recompose picture, focus, and release the shutter.

NOTE: Aperture and shutter speed can be changed while AE lock is engaged. AE lock will NOT operate in M mode.

EXPOSURE ADJUSTMENT (Exposure Compensation)

Exposure adjustment can be used to deliberately increase or decrease exposure from the normal metered value. Adjustment range is from +4 to -4 stops in half-stops. Exposure adjustment can also be used for flash exposures with the Program Flash units.

To set: 1. While pressing exposure adjustment (+/ -) key, press the shutter speed keys until desired value appears in data panel. Set minus (-) numbers to decrease exposure and plus (+) numbers to increase exposure.

* Each time shutter speed key is pressed, setting changes by one half-stop.
* Whenever exposure adjustment is set, "+" or "-" symbol appears in viewfinder and data panel.
* Adjusted value can be checked by pressing the exposure adjustment key.

In P mode, both aperture and shutter speed change; in A mode, shutter speed changes; in S mode, aperture changes. In M mode, indicated exposure includes exposure adjustment.

NOTE * Reset exposure adjustment to "0" after use. * When using the R60 (red) filter, adjust exposure +1.0 stop.


The following suggestions will help you choose when to use AE lock or exposure adjustment. Individual conditions and taste will, of course, determine which exposure is best.

* For scenes where there is a great brightness difference between the subject and background, and the most important area is considerably darker than the surrounding area: The AE lock can be used to hold the meter reading made with the camera positioned so subject fills most of the finder. Alternatively, an exposure adjustment between +0.5 and +2.0 stops can be set, depending on lighting conditions. Either method will tend to give proper exposure of the main subject. The example photos were taken with strong backlighting and no fill-in illumination (photos A and B).

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* When the most important subject area is much brighter than the rest of the picture, use AE lock or set exposure adjustment between -0.5 and -2.0 stops, depending on lighting conditions.

Examples are subjects against a very dark background that are illuminated by bright sunlight or a spotlight (photos C and D).

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* For scenes where most of the tones are very light, such as snow-covered hillsides, an adjustment of +0.5 to +2.0 stops may be necessary. Similarly, an adjustment of -0.5 to -2.0 stops can be used when the overall scene is composed of mostly darker tones.

 * Exposure adjustment can also be used to "bracket" a series of exposures differing by a half-stop or more each. This is especially useful when you are not sure which exposure will look best, as when photographing a sunset.


When a lens is focused on a subject, there is a certain range behind and in front of the focused point that appears sharp. This range is called "Depth of Field", and it varies according to the aperture set: Large apertures (e.g., f/4) yield a shallow field of sharp focus, rendering the background and foreground out of focus (example A); small apertures (e.g., f/16) yield greater depth of field with more of the scene in focus (example B). Refer to the depth-of-field scale on the lens to check approximate depth of field.

Depth of field also varies with subject distance: When the lens is focused on a close subject, depth of field is less; when focused on a distant subject, depth of field is greater. At the same aperture and subject distance, depth of field varies with the focal length being used: Use shorter focal lengths, such as 24mm or 28mm, for increased depth of field; longer focal lengths, such as 135mm or 300mm, for less depth of field.

More information on this topic in this PIM site | Depth of Field |

TIMED LONG EXPOSURES ("bulb" setting)

When camera in M mode, press the left shutter speed key until "Bulb" appears (after "30" ")
* Shutter will remain open as long as operating button is pressed.
** Elapsed exposure time (in seconds) is shown in the frame counter. After "99" seconds, counter returns to "0" . continues counting. After exposure, frame number is displayed.
*** To avoid shaking the camera, the optional Remote Cord 1000S or RC-1000L can be used to release the shutter.

NOTE: Self-timer operation is NOT possible at "bulb" setting.

* The maximum exposure time depends on battery capacity With fresh, AAA-size alkaline-manganese batteries, it will approx. 4 hours. With AA-size alkaline-manganese batteries in optional Battery Holder BH-70L, approx. 9 hours.

Note: If battery power decreases during exposure, the mirror will h in the up position. To return it to down position, set main switch to LOCK, replace batteries, and slide main switch ON.


The electronic self-timer can be used to delay shutter release for ten seconds. Film is automatically advanced one frame after exposure.

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To use self-timer:

1. While pressing DRIVE key, press either of the shutter speed keys until a bar appears over "S.T." in data panel. 2. Set camera to desired exposure mode.

3. To focus, press operating button halfway.
4. When green LED in viewfinder glows, press operating button all the way down.
5. The self-timer LED on front of camera blinks during the 10-second countdown. Frame counter displays remaining seconds until shutter release (and camera beeps at position).

Cancel a self timer operation:

If you have started the self-timer and want to cancel it before the shutter releases, press the DRIVE key. NOTE: Eyepiece cap should be slipped over eyepiece frame when using self-timer. After using self-timer, be sure to set camera to either "S" or "C" drive mode.

Eyepiece Cap
The eyepiece cap slips on over the eyepiece frame. It should be used when the eyepiece is not shielded by your head, as in remote-control photography, "bulb" operation, or when using the self-timer. This will prevent stray light from entering through the eyepiece and affecting exposure. The eyepiece cap threads onto the camera strap to keep it handy.

Mounting camera on tripod
To prevent blur when exposure times are too long for hand holding the camera, mount it on a tripod using the socket on camera bottom. The optional Remote Cord RC-1000L or RC-1000S can be used to release the shutter without shaking camera.

NOTE: Do not use excessive force when attaching the camera to tripod. Mounting screw should not be longer than 5.4mm (1/4 in.).


Distance scale: You may find that in the following situations it is easier to manually set focus to a specific distance: * When taking long exposures where it is too dark to focus visually.
* When you want to pre focus the lens at a certain distance and release the shutter as the subject reaches that spot.

Infrared index For proper focus when using infrared film, focus subject as usual and attach a filter ' if desired. With focus mode switch at M, turn focusing ring until distance shown opposite the distance index with the infrared index.

Film-Plane Index This symbol indicates the position of the film inside the camera. It is used for measuring the film-to-subject distance, as when taking photographs at high magnifications.

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