Minolta Sweet Alpha - 35mm SLR

by Brett Johnson July. 29, 2020 2986 views

Minolta Alpha Sweet 35mm AF SLR Film Camera

'A full-featured and advanced autofocus 35mm SLR film camera'

Introduction and Overview

The Minolta Alpha Sweet (Maxxum XTsi in the USA, Dynax 505si Super in Europe), a Japanese domestic model introduced in 1993 as a budget version of the more advanced Minolta Dynax 700si. The fourth-generation autofocus 35mm SLR film camera from Minolta has a built-in flash, a sophisticated 14-segment honeycomb-metering pattern, a three-point Crosscut AF sensor for accurate autofocusing, eye-start operation, spot metering, and a host of other easy to use and advanced functions.

Minolta Alpha Sweet, Maxxum 50mm F1.7 RS

Operationally, the lightweight A-mount auto-load Alpha Sweet, which by itself is also an SLR film camera with advanced features, has an electronically-controlled vertical-travel metal focal-plane shutter with a shutter speed range from 30 seconds to 1/4000 second, and Bulb, with flash sync at 1/125 second or slower. The camera accepts films with ISO speed from 25 to 5000 by DX coding and 6 to 6400 by manual setting in 1/3 EV increments.

Metering is TTL open aperture for light averaging or spot-meter reading, with direct TTL metering for flash. Exposure compensation is +/- 3 stops in 1/2 stop increments. The camera can be set for High-Speed or Slow flash sync, 10-second timer delay actuation, and a single or and triple frame shots with auto-bracketing. Other full automatic functions include focus hold (autofocus lock) AF lock, 3-frames multiple exposures, eye-start with On/Off setting, and automatic film loading and rewind.

A distinguishing feature of the Alpha Sweet is are the customized exposure functions which provide for PASM (Program, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, and Manual) shooting modes, and enhanced settings for Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, and Night Portrait by a very convenient button selection and icon display along the top edge of the LCD data panel. An extended Night Exposure mode can also be set by setting the flash unit off in Night Portrait mode.

Minolta Alpha Sweet, Maxxum 50mm F1.7 RS

While a fair amount of criticism is pointed towards the kit Minolta 28-80 F3.5-5.6 AF II lens, the Minolta Alpha Sweet 35mm AF SLR film camera is compatible with all Minolta A-mount lenses

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