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7/10 overall condition, comes with 6 months warranty
The 5000i belonged to the second camera body generation of Minolta's 35mm autofocus SLR system. It is also known as the Maxxum 5000i and as the Alpha 5700i. The "i" stood for "intelligence" of automatic exposure control and autofocus, etc. . It is quite compact and has a fast shutter (4 sec. to 1/2000 sec., but only up to 1/90 sec. flash sync. speed). It has a big LCD display for better control of functions. Its built-in zoom-flash is not collapsible. It has a big CCD inside for two-zone TTL-metering (EV 0 to 18 at film speed ISO 100). The camera can be used in programmed modes or with manual settings. The multi-program mode choses automatically the appropriate programme. The camera has the same chip card slot as the Minolta Dynax 7000i but can only use the portrait card, the sports card, the DOF card, the close-up card and the A/S (aperture-/shutter-priority) card. Thus most of those programs which were common built-in standard modes of many later autofocus SLR models had to be bought as extra program chip card for the Minolta 5000i of 1989.
Super cheap on the used market. Solid body. Takes "i" series function cards.
Built-in flash doesn't have to "pop up". Good ergonomics. Good metering.
Slow AF. Old and no longer repaired by Minolta. Noisy motor.
Auto flash and auto fill flash are great for people shots and candids. This body was before the wireless flashes came out, so doesn't support the wireless mode in the 5400 and 3500 flashes.
The slow AF and lack of service support due to age are the main reasons I upgraded this body. It's good and solid, with easily adjusted settings.
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