Minolta Maxxum 9000

Minolta 9000
Type 35mm SLR
Lens mount Minolta A-mount
Focus TTL phase detecting autofocus
Exposure Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority and manual exposure; center-weighted and spot metering
Flash Hot shoe and PC-socket
Dimensions 53×92×139 mm

The Minolta 9000 AF was introduced in 1985 and was both Minolta's and the world's first professional autofocus SLR. It was called Minolta Maxxum 9000 in the USA and Minolta α-9000 in Japan. The 9000 served as a base for a system whose capabilities were extremely far-reaching for its time, including 5fps motor drive, programmable multi-metering camera backs, a bulk film back, an interchangeable "digital" (still video) back, and a full line of AF lenses and flashes.


  • Type: Fully automatic SLR camera body (exception: manual film advance) made of aluminium, brass and steel.
  • Manufacturer: Minolta
  • Year of launch: 1985
  • Film: DX-coded 35mm film with speeds from 6 to 6400 ASA
  • Lens mount: Minolta A-mount
  • Focusing: TTL phase detecting autofocus
  • Shutter: Aluminium focal plane shutter with speeds 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
  • Metering: TTL through combined ambient and flash metering cells located at the bottom of the mirror box (therefore, not influenced by the focusing screens used), center-weighted or spot-metering metering characteristics for ambient light, center-weighted for flash light
  • Exposure: Program controlled mode, manual mode, aperture priority or shutter priority mode
  • Flash: PC-socket plus TTL-enabled hot shoe for Minolta AF-flashes, shutter synchronized for speeds up to 1/250 sec.
  • Finder: Pentaprism finder, diopter correction, 94% coverage at 0.81x magnification
  • Display: LCD displays on body and in the view finder
  • Film advance: Manual lever and rewind crank, add-on winder (2fps, manual rewind) and motor (5fps, motorized rewind) units available
  • Weight: 645 g (1.422 lb)
  • Dimensions: 53×92×139 mm

External links

  • Minolta Maxxum 9000 manual The unofficial Minolta 9000 information central

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