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Minolta 'Dynax' models

Discussion in 'Classic Models & Marques' started by PeteE, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    I have been GIVEN several MINOLTA 'Dynax' models -- a 3xi, a 500si, the 40 and the 5. I also got some chrome Minolta AF lenses : AF Zoom 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 D and a AF Zoom 28-100mm f3.5-5.6 D and many black AF Minolta lenses.I have tried all the Dynaxes except the 3xi which does not seem to be working . The model 5 has the highest flash synch speed which I like BUT the feature I do NOT like is that you cannot open the camera back until all the film has been exposed and I nearly always need to do that to cut short lengths. I am still 'learning' the ways of 'MINOLTA' -- may the Force be With Me ---
    [​IMG]Minolta Dynax Models by Peter Elgar, on Flickr
  2. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    Looks like they all have the 8 pin connector for the lens so should work with current Sony, Tamron and Sigma lenses as well as older Minolta AF fit ones with 5 pin connections.

    Although primarily aimed at Minolta and Sony DSLRs, you may find the lens data pages on the Dyxum forum handy which covers all A mount lenses, includes user reviews and ratings

  3. PeteE

    PeteE Well-Known Member

    thanks very much for that 'link' -- never heard of that site before -- it seems i have the AF 70-201mm f4 'Beercan' lens as well as the other later 70-201mm lenses !
    [​IMG]Minolta AF zooms by Peter Elgar, on Flickr
    'Beercan ' is top RIGHT and it IS sharp but heavy !
  4. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    The "beercan" is somewhat of a legend, price now seems to have settled around £100 ish, I was lucky enough to find an 80-200 f2.8 last year for about £450, Ebay currently between £499 and £550. A slightly cheaper alternative would be the Tokina 80-200/2.8 around £280.
  5. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    Only the Dynax 40 and Dynax 5 (of these 4 )will work with all lenses including Sony / Minolta SSM & SAM , Sigma HSM etc .
    The other two has the extra pins to provide power for the Zoom Xi lenses .
    Cameras from before the Dynax 7 did not have the ability to control the SSM lenses and you would have manual focus only .
  6. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    Pete , if you want to open the film back with film in it , you can .
    The film back lock is only there to prevent you accedently opening the back .

    So , in a dark room or changing bag ;
    1; set the main switch to OFF .
    2; set the function dail to ISO .
    3; while pressing the function dail button AND pressing the spot-AE lock button , turn the main switch to ON.
    The film lock indicator will change from red to black , and the back can now be opened .

    Page 121 of the user manual .
    If you want PDF copies of the manuals for your Minolta cameras , PM your e-mail address and I will forward them on to you .

    The main Minolta film cameras I am currently using are the Dynax 9 , a Dynax 7 and the Dynax 5 with the bp-200 battery grip ( for AA batteries ).

    Regards , Neil .
  7. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    So how do you tell? ;)
  8. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

  9. neilt3

    neilt3 Well-Known Member

    Instinct !


    The back can then be opened !

    You can press the buttons in the light if you must though , but it's a good idea to be in the dark when you open the back .

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