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1985. 35mm SLR camera. Also known as just the "7000AF" in Europe and as the "Alpha 7000" in Japan.

Minolta: Maxxum 7000 AF camera

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Date
Condition Price
 2019-09-01
 B
 $48
 2019-02-01
 B
 $31
 2018-12-01
 B
 $41
 2018-11-01
 B
 $18
 2018-10-01
 B
 $23
 2018-09-01
 B
 $33
 2018-08-01
 B
 $29
 2018-07-01
 B
 $29
 2018-05-01
 B
 $24
 2018-04-01
 B
 $32
 2018-03-01
 B
 $37
 2018-02-01
 B
 $15
 2003-02-28
 B
 $215
 2019-04-01
 B
(body only) $9
 2018-08-01
 B
(body only) $28
 2018-07-01
 B
(body only) $24
 2018-04-01
 B
(body only) $15
 2018-03-01
 B
(body only) $16
 2018-02-01
 B
(body only) $11
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by bill339 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:29 pm

The Minolta MAXXUM 7000 (7000 AF in Europe and α-7000 in Japan) 35mm SLR camera was introduced in February 1985. It was the first camera to feature both integrated autofocus (AF) and motorized film advance, the standard configuration for later amateur and professional single lens reflex cameras. The Minolta 7000 had its AF sensors and the focusing drive inside the camera body, and as a result, the lenses could be much smaller and cheaper. The aperture and focus were mechanically driven through the lens mount from the camera body. However, electronically controlled buttons on the camera body now replaced the mechanical aperture ring on the lens, and the setting was electronically displayed on the body and in the viewfinder. The metal housing of older Minolta SLR cameras was replaced with a lighter, cheaper body made of plastics. In other respects, the Maxxum offered most of the standard features of other cameras of the day, with the exception of a rather low flash sync speed (1/125 sec.) and no multi-exposure capability. Minolta introduced a new lens mount, the A system, breaking compatibility with its earlier manual-focus lenses in the MC and MD system. The A lens mount is still the same today, but some modifications have been made to the electronic contacts to facilitate new functions such as motor zoom (xi lenses, now discontinued) and a more sophisticated flash metering system (ADI). Early Maxxum 7000 cameras were inscribed "MAXXUM 7000" with a crossed 'XX' The oil giant Exxon considered this to be a violation of its trademark because the XX in its logo was linked in a similar fashion. As a result, Minolta was allowed to distribute cameras that were already produced but was forced to change the stylistic XX in Maxxum and implement this change in new production. All Maxxum cameras produced thereafter had a regularly scripted double 'X'. Also, Minolta's autofocus design was found to infringe the patents of Honeywell, a U.S. corporation. After protracted litigation, Minolta in 1991 was ordered to pay Honeywell damages, penalties, trial costs and other expenses in a final amount of $127.6 million.

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