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Minolta Maxxum STsi 35mm SLR Camera (1998)

September 14th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments
Minolta Maxxum STsi with 28-80 f/3.5 lens

Minolta Maxxum STsi 35mm SLR camera with 28-80 f/3.5 lens

The Minolta Maxxum STsi (also known as the Dynax 500 SI Super in Europe and the Alpha Sweet in Japan) is the most modern 35 mm SLR that I own. It has all the automatic features that you would get in a modern entry level DSLR but of course it is a film camera.

It has an automatic pop-up flash, price TTL metering, ambulance both spot and average, autofocus, a variety of exposure programs and a panorama mode.

The Minolta camera company merged with Konica in 2003, then sold their photography business to Sony in 2006. Sony took over and further developed the camera system as the Sony Alpha system.

The Minolta cameras use a proprietary hot shoe (the same type as the Sony Alphas). I use a Pocket Wizard to trigger an external flash unit, so I needed to buy a hot shoe adapter. They are available in most camera stores or online.

This camera is great to use, and being a modern camera, it feels a lot like using a DSLR. I occasionally look for the LCD screen, forgetting it is a film camera!

The autofocus is fast and sharp. It has an autowinder so the next shot is ready to go very quickly. I use the camera in the studio with a light meter and external strobes, on manual exposure mode, and it has worked very well. Here are some studio shots that I took with this camera using Kodak Ektar 100 negative film.

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Overall this is an excellent camera for people who want to use a 35mm SLR but also want the modern features of a DSLR. It is also compact and lightweight making it easy to carry around.

Here are some more images of this camera, as well as the 70-210 mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens and camera bag.

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Features of the Minolta Maxxum STsi

The PDF version of the user manual is available online too!

Download the User Manual

  1. September 16th, 2010 at 15:35 | #1

    Interesante, yo cotizaciуn en mi sitio mбs tarde.


  2. Friend
    December 28th, 2010 at 16:35 | #2

    I just received this camera as a gift from a friend and
    this review with photos was very useful for me. Thank you!

  3. December 28th, 2010 at 16:57 | #3

    Thanks and I hope you enjoy your new camera!

  4. max
    December 25th, 2011 at 13:35 | #4

    the links to the reviews were very helpful. the first one led to a chat roulette, the second one- I don’t know- my computer stopped working and the third one led to a palestinian “WE WANT WAR NOT PEACE” shit. yeah. really helpful.

  5. December 27th, 2011 at 08:42 | #5

    Thanks for letting me know – those were definitely not the original links!

  1. September 15th, 2010 at 12:00 | #1
  2. September 28th, 2010 at 19:58 | #2