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

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System Accessories

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Program Flash 1800AF: This ultra compact unit is extremely easy to use; just switch it on and you are ready to shoot. It accepts a 6v lithium battery for shortest recycling, and AAA-size alkaline batteries can also be used, Guide Number is 18 in meters (59 in feet) with 35mm coverage.

Program Flash 2800AF: This intermediate unit provides increased flash power and has a Guide Number of 28 in meters (92 in feet) with 35mm coverage. Other features include high/low power settings and sufficient exposure confirmation.

Program Flash 4000AF: This powerful unit has a Guide Number of 40 in meters (131 in feet) with 50mm coverage. An auto-zoom/ bounce head enables efficient fighting control. The LCD panel shows power level, flash coverage, and flash ranges. Guide numbers are based on ISO 100

NOTE: Minolta Auto flash Units There are many other dedicated Minolta flash units which can also be used with the camera. Some of the more newer units have advance features which may not be presented with the camera but basic essential capabilities such as TTL flash are there to support. Later Minolta flash have reverted back to a dedicated hotshoe which is not completely followed the ISO-standard type of accessory shoe, but there are flash coupler which still enable the TTL function is retained even using these units on the older camera model.

IMPORTANT: All other Minolta Auto Electro flash units can be used on the Minolta 7000; however, autofocusing in total darkness and certain other features are not possible. 360PX and 132PX: FDC (flash distance check) signal does not function; all other functions are the same. 280PX: FDC signal does not function; "Lo" power setting cannot be used. Macro 80PX: FDC signal does not function; illumination . lamps go out when operating button is touched. X-series units: TTL metering and FDC signal do not function.

Control Grip CG-1000 Set

The Control Grip CG-1000 attaches cordlessly to the Minolta 7000 and accepts either the Program Flash 4000AF or 2800AF. Its battery pack holds six AA-size batteries and delivers the additional power needed to reduce recycling time for sequential shooting. When two Program Flash or other compatible units are used, lighting-ratio control is automatic. Included in the CG-1000 set are an AF Illuminator AI-1000 and 5m Extension Cable EC-1000.

Program Back Super 70 & Program Back 70

Either of Minolta's Program Backs can be attached cordlessly in place of the Minolta 7000's standard back. Film speed for data imprinting is set automatically by the camera.

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Program Back Super 70 features: Seven exposure modes, including three user-selectable exposure programs; automatic bracketing of up to 9 exposures; an intervalometer with settings for start time, length of interval, number of exposures per interval, and number of groups of exposures; concealed data imprinting of exposure data, consecutive and fixed numbers, date, or time along edge of frame; and a metering memory that stores up to 8 readings from the camera's built-in meter. A view compared between Proram Back Super 70 and 70 at left.

Program Back 70 enables imprinting of time (with day), year/month/day in any of three orders (up or down), consecutive numbers, or fixed numbers. When desired, imprinting can be combined with its intervalometer and long-exposure functions. The intravolmeter permits you to program the camera to start making exposures at a preset time & day up to 100 shots.

AF lenses
A wide range of Minolta AF lenses is available for your Minolta 7000. These can be purchased separately from your photo dealer. The AF lens family has expanded into a full scale system over the years. In fact, Minolta AF lenses have one of the most extensive collection among all 35mm AF camera manufacturers.

The original Minolta AF lens system featured focal lengths from 24mm wideangle to 600mm apochromat telephoto. Included are seven macro/zooms covering focal lengths from 28mm to 300mm. Among these outstanding zoom lenses are many ultra-compact and high performance zooms, which enable photographing landscapes or portraits with equal ease. All Minolta AF lenses attach to the camera in the same way as explained earlier in this manual. When using program mode, the camera instantly selects one of three exposure programs based an the lens focal length in use. This is called as Auto Multi-Program Selection.

Focusing Screens

The 7000's standard focusing screen is designed specifically for Minolta's autofocus system. Users can replace this screen with any of three additional Acute-Matte screens. Tweezers are supplied with each screen, and replacement is quick and simple.

Type G: Standard screen: focus frame centered in matte field
Type L: Matte field with grid; for general and architectural photography
Type S: Vertical and horizontal scales; for macro-, micro-, and astrophotography
Type PM: Split-image/microprism/matte-field; autofocus zone along split-image

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Wireless Controller IR-1N Set
The Wireless Controller IR 1N Set permits cordless, remote-control photography from up to 60 meters (approx. 200 ft.) away. The receiver senses infrared pulses from the transmitter and releases the shutter with single or continuous film advance. Separate receivers can be used for remote control of up to three cameras.

Remote Cord RC-1000L and RC-1000S

A remote cord should be used for long exposures at "bulb" setting or anytime you want to release the shutter without shaking the camera. Autofocus and meter are both activated by partially depressing the release button.

Pressing and sliding the release button locks the shutter open for long exposures. RC-1000L is 5m (16-1/2 ft.) long, RC-1000S is 50cm (approx. 20 in.) long.

Battery Holder BH-70L and External Battery Pack EP-70

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Battery Holder BH-70L replaces the standard AAA-size battery holder. The External Battery Pack EP-70 can be slipped into your pocket to keep them warm when taking pictures in cold weather. The BH-70L and EP-70 both use AA-size alkalinemanganese or nickel-cadmium batteries.

Eyepiece Corrector 1000

Nine eyepiece correction lenses are available for the 7000. They permit adjustments from -4 to +3 diopters and are very useful for near-or farsighted photographers. Correction lenses snap into the camera's eyepiece frame.

Filters: Autofocusing can be used with these Minolta filters: L37 (UV), Y52 (yellow), GO (green), 056 (orange), R60 (red), 1B (SKYLIGHT), A12 (85), B12 (80B), ND 4X, Minolta Portrayer, and Polarizing (Circular). Minolta Polarizing (Circular) Filter To reduce or eliminate reflections from glass, water, or other non-metallic surfaces, Minolta's Polarizing (Circular) Filter should be used. If a regular polarizing filter is used, metering may not be accurate. (Light from regular polarizing filters is not fully transmitted by the Minolta 7000's semi-silvered main mirror.) Other filters Autofocusing may not be accurate when using other filters. In this case, focus manually with the filter attached.

Other Minolta dedicated Accessories for Maxxum 7000 The following Minolta System accessories can be used with the Minolta 7000:

Angle Finder VN, Magnifier VN, Cable OC, Cable EX, Cable CD, Off-Camera Shoe, filters, Wireless Controller IR-1 Set with optional Connecting Cord I R-1 (C).


The Minolta AF SLR System is designed and produced to offer innovative functions and performance through the combination of Minolta AF SLR camera bodies, Minolta AF lenses, Minolta Program flash units and other accessories distributed by Minolta.

Although not applicable but still, like any other camera manufacturers which aims to protect their respective commercial interest, Minolta also warned and caution users that the attachment or use of incompatible lenses, flashes and accessories may result in unsatisfactory performance or damage to the Minolta AF SLR cameras or their system accessories.


* Always keep your camera in its case with the lens capped when not in use, or with a body cap on when a lens is not attached.
* No part of the camera should be forced at any time.
* Never subject your camera to shock, high heat, high humidity, water, or harmful chemicals. Be particularly careful not to leave it .in the glove compartment or other places in motor vehicles where it may be subjected to high temperatures.
* Never lubricate any part of the camera body or lens.
* Never touch the shutter curtains or the front inside parts of the body or clean them with Compressed air. Doing so may impair their alignment and movement.
* External camera surfaces and lens barrel but not glass surfaces - can be cleaned by Wiping with a dry or silicone-treated cloth.
* Never touch lens or eyepiece surfaces with Your fingers. Whisk away loose matter with a blower brush. To remove stubborn spots, use a sheet of photographic lens tissue. If necessary, tissue may be moistened with one drop of lens-cleaning fluid. Never drop fluid directly on glass surface.
* When storing camera for a long period of time, remove the batteries and keep it in a cool, dry place away from dust or chemicals, preferably in an airtight container with a drying agent such as siIicagel.
* The operating range for the LCDs is from -20
° C (15°F) to +50°C (120°F). At temperatures outside this range, response time and contrast will change, making displays difficult to read. At very high temperatures, display may temporarily turn black. In either case, display should return to normal after a short period of time.
* The LCDs should last approximately ten years. When replacement is needed, contact your nearest authorized Minolta service facility.
* Save carton and packaging material. When shipping camera, carefully pack it in the original carton, insure adequately, and use a reliable delivery service.

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