Monday, February 12, 2018

Analog Diary, Getting The Feel

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Minolta Maxxum 7, Maxxum AF 50mm f/1.7

Analog Diary, Getting The Feel

'Getting the feel of  the Minolta Maxxum 7, the best of Minolta's A-mount autofocus film cameras, mounted with a Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7'

There are reviews on the net that recommends the Minolta Maxxum 7 (Alpha 7 in Japan, Dynax 7 in Europe) as perhaps one of the best of Minolta's A-mount autofocus film camera one could get.

While the top-of-the-line Minolta model was the Maxxum 9, the Maxxum 7 does have its ways by being smaller, lighter and more compact, comes with features that are more appealing to the enthusiast, and has an LCD panel fitted to the film back.

Highlights of the Maxxum 7 includes a shutter speed range from 30 seconds to 1/8000 second, plus Bulb, flash sync speed at 1/200th of a second, three metering modes, full PASM shooting modes, exposure compensation, AE lock, continuous shooting at up to four frames per second, unlimited multiple exposures, self-timer, both DX and user-selectable ISO control, and more.

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Minolta Maxxum 7, Maxxum AF 50mm f/1.7
I took the camera down from the display shelf recently, fitted it with a newly acquired Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7 RS, which has its own share of good reviews and decided to give the camera and lens combo a once-over with a roll of Kodak Gold 200.

Ultimately, my wish was to have the opportunity to test out the Maxxum 7's STF function, which is supposed to be extremely cool. The function mimics the effect of Minolta's 135mm STF 'master bokeh' lens, by taking a sequence of 7 multi-exposed shots of the image with varying aperture opening.

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Are these the shots then? No, they are not. These are just the initial shots when trying the camera out, or, as the title says it, 'Getting The Feel'. As expected, the nominal functions of the Maxxum 7 were easy enough to operate, with the PASM dial, the shutter release, and the control dial for aperture control just within the grasp of your right hand.

Minolta Maxxum 7, Maxxum AF 50mm f/1.7

The camera was easy to get started with, autofocus is fast and accurate, metering seems equally flawless, and as these images show, it looks like the Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7 RS is also equal to the task. Beyond this scratch on the surface, looks like I still have a long way to go to really understand the full potential of the camera. Let not wait too long for that.

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Resource Links:
The Minolta a7 (Maxxum 7, Dynax 7) is the Perfect Film SLR for Shooters Who Want it All
Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm f/1.7 Review

1 comment:

  1. My all Time favorite, i have the Alpha 7. Mostly used for Slide-Film during Holidays.


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