Minolta Dynax 500si

The camera, lens and film used

5 Frames with ‘The Worst Lens Minolta Ever Made’ – By Iain Paterson

A flurry of budget e-bay purchases since my imagination had been captured by the film photography revival had brought me a prized ragbag of treasures. Amongst them, three items that had been part of bundles or hasty mis-purchases: an untested Minolta Dynax 500si Super SLR whose badly yellowed viewfinder looked barely usable, a Truprint 400 film (to be developed within 24 months according to the foil wrapper in which it was still sealed) and a Minolta 35-80mm 1:4 (22) – 5.6 autofocus zoom lens. These misfits of my small new collection of late-model 35mm kit somehow belonged together, and I was curious to see what could be made of them.

5 Frames with Minolta Dynax 500si Super – By Matt Krajewski

I have some collection of Minolta and Konica cameras. Most of them still haven’t been used… but they will at some point. The Minolta Dynax 500si Super was my first AF film camera. I must say, I’ve felt in love with it straight away. Why? Well, for the starters, it is so easy to use, you have PASM, some other pre-set modes, double exposure, auto focus is fast enough and it sits in my hand just perfect! Super is slightly better model than standard Dynax 500 by having metal lens mount… and possibly something else. Thanks to this camera I understood principles of photography. I carried it with me for most of the time and took it to America where she was  used more than my Sony A7.

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