Konica Minolta Dynax 7D + 28-105mm f3.5-f4.5. Excellent condition.

£199.00

The Maxxum 7D, labelled Dynax 7D in Europe/Hong Kong and α-7 Digital in Japan and officially named “DG-7D”, is a 6.1 megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera, or DSLR, produced by Konica Minolta. It was the top model of their DSLR range; the Maxxum/Dynax 5D consumer-grade model was the other.

The 7D was first announced on 2004-02-12 at the PMA show, with full details released just before the 2004 photokina show on 2004-09-15. The production camera was released in late 2004. Production ceased when Konica Minolta announced their exit from the camera business in January 2006. Regardless of its high specification (for the time) and innovative feature set, it came with a very high price tag. The 7D was available as body only, but also with a kit lens; a 17-35mm f/2.8. Like the Nikon 18-70 kit lens found with many Nikon DSLRs, this lens was regarded as of high enough quality to do justice to the sensor within the body, unlike the cheap zoom kit lenses found with many DSLRs. In 2006 Sony acquired the Konica-Minolta camera business although remaining inventory continued to be sold, alongside the K-M based Sony α100. On release, the camera retailed for around £1000 GBP; somewhere between the Nikon D300 and Canon 40D.

The 7D features a Magnesium alloy body, plastic in the rear, and primarily external controls. The body includes external controls for exposure compensation, flash compensation, focus mode, shooting mode, exposure mode, drive mode, metering mode, white balance, focal area, ISO, and two dials that are used to control shutter speed and F-stop. Presence of the external controls for most functions encourage experimentation without having to traverse through menus.

The 7D’s 2.5-inch (64 mm) LCD also doubles as the control LCD. Rather than having a second, status LCD located elsewhere like some Canon and Nikon DSLRs, it displays information such as exposure settings, aperture, shutter speed, battery life, and other miscellaneous recording information. The LCD, when acting as the control LCD, also rotates 90° based on the rotation of the camera to keep all of the information shown upright.

Anti-shake technology

The Konica Minolta Maxxum/Dynax 5D and 7D both come with Konica Minolta’s Anti-Shake Technology. A major difference between Konica Minolta’s Anti-Shake and Canon’s image stabilization is that the operation is done in the camera itself rather than inside the lens, thus making the effects usable regardless of the lens attached.

 

Type Single-lens reflex
Lens Interchangeable via Minolta A-type bayonet mount
Sensor 23.5 × 15.7 mm CCD
Maximum resolution 3,008 × 2,000 (6.1 megapixels)
ASA/ISO range ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and Auto
Storage CompactFlash (CF) (Type I or Type II) or Microdrive
Focus modes Single-Shot, Continuous, Auto, Manual
Focus areas TTL CCD line sensors (9-points, 8 lines with center cross-hair sensor)
Exposure modes Manual, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Program, Auto, 3-Programmable modes
Exposure metering EV 0 to 20 (at ISO 100 with f/1.4 lens)
Metering modes 14-segment Honeycomb, Spot, Center Weighted
Flash Built-in pop-up with hotshoe
Shutter Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane Shutter
Shutter speed range 1/4000 sec – 30 sec, or Bulb
Continuous shooting RAW / RAW+JPEG: 3 frame/s, up to 9 frames, JPEG Extra Fine: 3 frame/s, up to 12 frames, JPEG Fine: 3 frame/s, up to 15 frames, JPEG Standard: 3 frame/s, up to 19 frames
Viewfinder Eye-level fixed pentaprism
Custom WB Auto, 6 adjustable presets, Manual, Color temperature
Rear LCD monitor 2.5″ TFT LCD, 207,000 pixels
Battery NP-400 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
Optional battery packs Vertical Control Grip VC-7D
Weight 760 g (1.68 lb) body only

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