Monday, August 27, 2018

Ominous, Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7

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Ominous, Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7

'Analog diary, ominous clouds, getting the feel of the Minolta Maxxum 7, and the Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7'

I am still on the 'getting the feel' relationship with the Minolta Maxxum 7 here, with the Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7, as I did in an earlier post, but has not gone far beyond the stage, except for the opportunity to grab these images of a bank of ominous clouds that seems to be threatening mine and surrounding areas. As of my normal practice, the images were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with final print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.

Mentioned as a whale of a camera, the film based SLR Maxxum 7 (or Alpha 7 in Japan and Dynax 7 in Europe) is perhaps one of the best of Minolta's A-mount autofocus film camera one could get. The camera has a shutter speed range from 30 seconds to 1/8000 second, plus Bulb, flash sync speed at 1/200th of a second, eye-start automatic focus, multifunction LCD data screen, LCD navigation panel, full PASM shooting and three metering modes, exposure compensation, AE lock, continuous shooting at up to 4 frames per second, unlimited multiple exposures, self-timer, DX and user-selectable ISO control, and more.

The camera was easy to get started with, feels great in your hands, autofocus is fast and accurate, with the ample hand grip that makes one-handed operation smooth and easy. Metering seems flawless, with the equally lightweight Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7 RS working well in tandem. So much more to talk about here, but beyond this scratch on the surface, I still have a long way to go to really realize the full potential of the camera. Let's hope that is not too long in coming.

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