The Volkswagen Bug of 35mm SLRs and perhaps the most successful basic SLR of all time, this simple, elegant, straightforward manual, match needle SLR is basically a Pentax Spotmatic F with Pentax K-type bayonet mount. Competent and affordable, it was in production for over 20 years, first in Japan, later in China, and it was made in huge numbers. Features include: Single-stroke film-wind lever, fixed eye-level pentaprism, cloth focal-plane shutter with speeds from 1-1/1000 sec plus B, two-CdS-cell, through-the-lens, centerweighted metering at maximum aperture. Standard lenses: 55mm f/2, 50mm f/2, 50mm f/1.7 or f/1.4 SMC Pentax. It still a great shooter and pupular among 35mm SLR fans.
The world’s first fully integrated autofocus SLR with the AF system built into the body, the Maxxum 7000 created a sensation when it was first announced, and was a phenomenal sales success that catapulted Minolta into the technological forefront. Today’s DSLRs all have autofocus capability, a clear indication of the Maxxum 7000’s profound influence on the photo industry. The Maxxum 7000s impressive specs include an in-body, passive CCD array, phase-detection AF system and an autofocus motor that couples to the focusing mounts in the AF lenses via a keyed shaft, motorized wind up to 2 fps, auto rewind, full-info finder and LCD panel, pushbutton electronic controls, three program AE modes plus aperture-priority, shutter-priority and metered manual, TTL SPD cell for centerweighted readings and a second cell for OTF flash, continuous and single shot AF, plus manual AF assist, electronically controlled Copal focal-plane shutter with speeds of 30-1/2000 sec plus B, DX coding, audible AF OK, and dedicated flash. Minolta’s technlogy and lensmount were acquired by Sony and live on in current Sony mirrorless and translucent mirror DSLT digital cameras.