The Maxxum 5 incorporates a similar lens mount to any Maxxum ever made so that any auto focus Minolta mount lens that is out there will mount. Any current Minolta "A" mount lens will function with all the latest electronics that the Maxxum 5 has to offer.
The large black button in the foreground is the lens release. Above it is the exposure compensation ("+/-") button that doubles as the "AV" (aperture value) actuator. It allows the AV to be changed while depressing it and rotating the command dial. The Lightening Bolt symboled button above activates the built-in flash.
The "AF/MF" lever below the lens release is the Auto Focus to Manual Focus momentary contact
switch. When "flipped" down for a second, the camera goes into MF. Flip it again and it is
back in AF. The default setting at power-up or reset is AF.
The removable rubber viewfinder hood is notched out on the left to allow the two IR sensors
to detect the close proximity of the user and start the "Eye-Start" pre-focus function. This
allows the fast focus system to have the lens already focused when you get the camera to your
eye. This only activates if the camera is being held by the grip and activating the grip
The built-in flash can pop-up automatically or can be set to activate when the flash button
along side the lens mount is depressed. It has coverage for a 28mm lens and guide number of
39.4 (in feet at ISO 100).
The left image is of The Maxxum Program Flash 3600HS (D) on the Maxxum 5 with the BP-200
battery grip on it. This flash unit is the middle of the line up of flashes and has some very
advanced features. It is capable of being operated remotely on the included stand (right
image) via the WL (wireless) flash mode. It allows remote TTL flash control for easier
professional looking images.
The Mode Dial on top of the camera allows adjustment of:
The camera top LCD Display (photo below) is capable of displaying all the info in the above illustration. It gives you all the setting and condition info. Tme image below shows the camera is set in manual exposure, 1/250th of a second shuter speed, aperture is set to f/5.6, battery condition full, flash off, and automatic subject detection Auto Focus.
The "P" button (photo below) activates a global reset to almost all default settings including manual focus to auto focus.
The top of the control dial is easily accessible next to the shutter release.
The Subject Program button accesses the Portrait / Landscape / Close-Up / Sports / Night Portrait creative modes.
The Drive Mode button allows control of the Self Timer / Continuous Advance / activates IR receiver for the optional RC-3 infra red remote.
The back of the top controls shows the "OFF / ON" switch and the ergonomic placement of the "AF" and "SPOT" buttons.
The "AF" button allows the center spot focus area to be solely selected and if held until the initial area is the focus distance and exposure value that remain until the release of the button.
The "SPOT" metering lock button, if held down while shooting. locks the exposure to the value
determined from the center of the viewfinder when the SPOT button is first depressed.
The silver bars on the lens-side edge of the grip above are the "Grip Sensors" that allow the
eye-sensors next to the viewfinder to activate the Eye Start pre-focus.
The Vertical traveling shutter of the Maxxum 5 has a maximum flash sync speed of 1/125th
second standard flash mode and 1/4000th with HSS capable flash units. It has a shutter speed
range of 1/4000th to 30 seconds.
The Maxxum 5 is normally powered by two CR-2 lithium 3v batteries. When the optional Battery Pack BP-200 is used, the in-camera batteries come out and the BP-200 slides into the camera's battery chamber without removing the battery door. The BP-200 is then supplying all camera power from four AA alkaline or NiMh rechargeable batteries.
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