Minolta Maxxum 400si 35mm SLR Camera - Answered Questions & Fixed issues


You have a film camera, you should have AF lenses. The AF lenses are larger round then older manual lense as you can have the older Minolta lens will fit the newer cameras, just not auto focus. If your AF is not working with AF lenses, I will assume you have power to the camera (batteries) These camera are not hard to use. To AF the camera, press the shutter down slightly (you can try without film) and it should focus on the center of your shot. Indoor and under low light, they will have trouble with these older AF bodies.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018 | 388 views


Search the internet (don't forget about specialized forums) for a well reviewed Sony/Minolta repair shop.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Jan 14, 2018 | 221 views


If it has been stored for so long, the internal battery, which maintains the settings etc and is charged from the main battery, is probably defunct.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on May 25, 2017 | 1,060 views


I am not sure, but have you played with the camera manual setting ?
if you did
you should change the shutter speed to a higher level (if you have used the manual mode)
but if you use the automatic mode and the light around you was low the shutter speed will be automatically low so the camera could give you a better picture be lowering the shutter speed so it could have the enough time to collect the light (that's why the snapping is slow)
so try to increase the iso or the av (lowering the av's number)
hopefully, I have helped you

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Dec 26, 2016 | 100 views


You can get rechargeable CR5 battery and you will need a battery charger as well.
Check out this WEB site.
http://www.nextag.com/cr5-battery-rechargeable/shop-html

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Sep 29, 2015 | 589 views


Is this an auto focus lens? Most shift lenses are manual focus. Also, because they shift, they can generally only be used on manual not he auto settings. If the contacts are not on the back of the lens then it will on communicate with the body

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Jan 21, 2014 | 89 views


The af/manual switch is located on the side of the mirror box. However, this model was notorious for failure of the auto focus motor. Also check the lens to make sure the focus moves smoothly (take off camera)

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Jan 21, 2014 | 89 views


It uses a 2CR5 battery, which should be available at most electronics or office-supply stores. An online source is at http://www.batteriesplus.com/product/31018-RAYRL2CR5--1-Lithium-Battery/563-0/4739-Film-Camera-Battery/56279-Minolta/Maxxum-400si.aspx

It has a Minolta A-mount lens. Any of the newer Minolta (and some Sony) lenses may be used. The older Minolta lenses for the SRT-series cannot be used.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Nov 26, 2013 | 83 views


Any strange shaped specific battery has multiple commercial batteries inside that are spot welded to each other. The interior can be replaced with new rechargeable commercial batteries if necessary.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Nov 26, 2013 | 33 views


Did you push down the lever on the side of mirror box to switch it to manual focus? If so and it is still not going into manual focus, then the switch may be damaged (bent switch contacts etc.). You can check the switch by removing the bottom and front covers. Beware of loose parts!

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Nov 18, 2013 | 55 views


Well, I'm sure you figured it out by now, but typically there is a small red dot on the lens, near the connecting ring... This lines up with a similar dot on the camera. There is only one way the lens will go on, and still have auto-focus and other functions be able to be controlled by the camera.

Sometimes, when someone is handling a lens, it is possible to move the lock ring. This will keep the lens from engaging at all, with the camera. Try that area.
Doc

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Aug 05, 2013 | 39 views


You may download a copy of the manual from here.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Dec 28, 2012 | 244 views


You should be able to find a 2CR5 battery at any good electronics store (like a Radio Shack, for example). Another source is here.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Oct 19, 2012 | 55 views


Hi Doug,
Get the manual by just clicking here.
Happy holidays!

Hope this helps.Thanks!

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Dec 04, 2011 | 37 views


Very few film camera model's have this capability, yours is not among them. The ones that did have it, it was imprinted between the film frames for the photographer's reference only.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Sep 04, 2011 | 56 views


There should be a button that says ISO on it, or just a set of arrow buttons. ASA/ISO are the same thing, and indicate the speed of the film being used. 100/200/400/800/etc. Not setting the camera to the proper setting will result in dark or light images.

If you can't find your ISO setting, try searching Google for your model and you should be able to find a pdf download of your manual for free.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Sep 04, 2011 | 308 views


This is usually due to contaminants on the contacts in the wheel or an electronic failure commonly associated with these mechanisms.This can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


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Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Aug 14, 2011 | 74 views


This is most likely duef it fails, to a failure in the aperture control mechanism within the camera itself. If it fails, the diaphram will stop down completely and the image will be dark. This is a common failure in these cameras and can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


My name is Rick and I'm a professional repair technician with over 20 years in the business and have repaired many of these. I'm semi retired and work from home with little overhead so I can keep repair costs low. If you decide to have the camera repaired, please click HERE for a directory listing that suits your needs.


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Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Aug 14, 2011 | 44 views


Yes. You have full control over the shutter speed and aperture in the Manual exposure mode, as described in the "M Mode: Manual Exposure" section in the manual.

You also have full control over the focus, as described in the "Manual Focus" section in the manual.

If you need a manual, you can download it (in two parts) from
http://ca.konicaminolta.com/support/manuals/film-cameras/film_af_slr/index.html

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Mar 18, 2011 | 398 views


You just need any Minolta AF mount lens. Sony Alpha lenses also physically fit as Sony inherited the Minolta lens mount when they bought the company, but as they are a later development not all will be electronically compatible.

The size of the lens depends upon the focal length of the lens and you choose that according to how wide a field of view you desire. Typical lenses are 28 and 35mm wide angles, 50mm "standard" (approximately the same perspective of how the human eyeball sees images), 70 to 90mm short telephoto lenses (a narrower perspective and very good for portraits) and higher numbers are narrower perspective telephoto lenses for viewing increasingly distant objects. In practice, the available lenses will be incorporated into zoom lenses which incorporate a seamless range of focal lengths within one single model. The word "zoom" reflects the fact that you can seamlessly change from say 28mm wide angle through to 80mm short telephoto and every single setting between them

Any zoom which starts at less than 50mm and finishes in the short telephoto range is called a standard zoom and is the lens that most autofocus cameras were supplied with. The next most common size will be something like a 70-200mm which is a telephoto zoom (or tele zoom) and takes you from a portrait lens to a genuine 5x magnification telephoto. You may also find so-called "super zooms" which do the whole job on one, for example 28-200mm. but the more jobs a single lens tries to do, the bigger and bulkier it becomes and the image quality deteriorates due to poorer contrast and greater image distortion at each end of the zoom range.

This is not an exhaustive answer, as there are entire books on the subject, but hopefully it's been of help to you.

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Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Feb 21, 2011 | 141 views

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