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Minolta Dynax 7
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The last Minolta AF film SLR.

Technical Data
Manufacturer Minolta
Built 2000 ff
Camera Type 35mm SLR with built-in flash, autoexposure (AE)
Focus Type 9 point TTL phase-detection system, multi metering with dual cross-hair type CCD line sensor metering cell.
Multi-dimensional predictive focus control is availlable for moving subjects.
AF Sensitivity Range EV -1 to 18 (ISO 100)
AF Illuminator Built-in LED. Automatically activated in low-light/loc-contrast situations.
Range: 0.7 - 7m (With a standard 50mm lens.)
AF Control Single-shot, continuous, automatic AF-mode selection, DMF mode is possible.
Exposure Modes P, A, S, M (Pa/Ps available)
Type TTL metering; direct TTL metering for flash
Metering Cell 14-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC, 4-segment flash-meteringSPC for flash
Metering Range
(ISO 100, f/1.4 lens)
14-segment metering: EV 0 - 20
Center weighted average: EV 0 - 20
Spot metering: EV 3 - 20
Film Speed Setting Automatic: ISO 25 to 5000 for DX-coded film
Manual: ISO 6 to 6400 in 1/3 EV increments
Flash: ISO 25 - 1000
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled, vertica-traverse, focal plane type
Speeds 30 sec. - 1/8000 sec. bulb (approximately 7 hours with fresh batteries).
Flash sync speed 1/200 or slower (synchronizes with all speeds in HSS mode)
Built-in flash GN 12 (ISO 100 in meters)
Coverage 24mm angle of view
Recycling Time Approx. 2 sec. (3.5 sec. when red-eye reduction or wireless/remote flash is used) - (according to Minolta test methods)
Modes Fill-flash, Fill-flash with red-eye reduction, Flash Cancel, Wireless flash, Slow-sync, and Rear-flash sync., Autoflash when full-auto is set
Viewfinder Type Eye level fixed pentaprism
Field of View Approx. 92% x 94% (with 50mm f/1.4 at infnity)
Magnification 0.8x (with 50mm lens f/1.4 at infinity)
Focusing Screen Spherical acute matte
Eye-Relief 22.5 mm from the eyepiece, 18.5 mm from the eyepiece frame
Dioopter -1 diopter, Adjustment: -2.5 to +0.5
Film Transport Drive Modes Single frame advance, Continuous advance (Low 2 frames / sec. High 4 frames / sec. 3.7 in AF mode), Self-timer (10 or 2 sec.)Exposure bracketing (single-frame or continuous advance), Multi exposure.
Loading Auto load
Rewind Auto rewind, manual start
Rewind time (24 exposure film): High speed 5.5 sec., Silent 12 sec.
Additional Power Two CR123A lithium batteries
Dimensions 143.5 x 97.5 x 65.5 mm (W x H x D)
Weight 575 g (w/o camera battery)
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