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Minolta 5000 AF
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Photos by OG text by OG. From the collection of OG. Last update 2021-01-09 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1987 to (After) 1989.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 11504

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In 1985, Minolta is the first camera manufacturer to market a truly autofocus 24x36 SLR, with both the AF sensor and the AF motor build in the camera body: the 7000 AF.
This first camera was so successful that Minolta decided to market an expert / professional version of the 7000, know as the 9000 AF, as well as a less expensive consumer camera: the 5000 AF, featured on this page.

This camera clearly states its mass consumer target: it is mainly made of plastic; it doesn’t have aperture nor speed priority. You can only use it in full auto or manual mode. In the latter mode, the ergonomics aren’t a complete success!
Film advance and rewind are motor-driven, and the ISO sensitivity is automatically selected thanks to the DX coding. There is no built-in flash; however the flash shoe allows the use of a TTL flash unit.

The metallic focal plane shutter fires up to 1/2000th of a second. The AF sensor is only a central sensor, and so is the light metering system. A specific key at the back of the camera permits to handle against-light situation… at least in theory!
The AF system looks a bit slow and too noisy by today’s standard!
The 5000 AF accepts many accessories: a data back, an electronic cable release, and a power grip. This power grip holds AA batteries instead of the body’s AAA batteries, thereby increasing the autonomy, but it also greatly improve the handling of the camera.

The camera is featured here is equipped with a large TTL flash unit and the versatile 35-105mm f3.5 – 4.5 Macro zoom.

Minolta 5000 AF