Christopher J Osborne

Minolta Dynax 5

Minolta Dynax 5 with 50mm f/1.7 lens mounted Minolta Dynax 5 top plate Minolta Dynax 5 back

The Minolta Dynax 5 (known as the Maxxum 5 in the US and α-5 in China and α-Sweet Ⅱ in Japan), launched in 2001, was Minolta's penultimate film SLR camera. (The similar Dynax 60 of 2004 was Minolta's very last film SLR.) At 335 grams (same as the Pentax *ist) it was also its smallest and lightest SLR camera. The Dynax 5 followed on from Minolta's other cameras in it's final series of cameras, the professional Dynax 9 of 1998 and the semi-pro Dynax 7 of 2000.

This was Minolta's 'beginner's' camera of the series, with easy to use fully automatic and scene modes. But it has plenty of manual overrides too, making it a very nice ultra-compact walk-around camera for a wide range of users at all levels of experience. The build quality is a wee bit flimsy, as you'd expect from such a light-weight camera, but is still handles very nicely.

I fount this camera in a junk shop near where I live for a mere 20 quid including a very nice 50mm f/1.7 standard lens, but I haven't got around to putting a roll of film though it just yet!

Technical specification: Minolta Dynax 5
AF points:6 line, 1 cross
AF modes:AF-A, AF-S, AF-C
Custom functions:14
Metering modes:14 segments, spot (2.7%)
Metering range:1-20 EV
Exposure modes:P with shift, A, S, M
Subject modes:portrait, landscape, closeup, sport, night portrait
Exposure compensation (steps):± 3 (1/2)
Flash shoe type:iISO
Flash modes:normal, red-eye reduction, slow sync
Flash metering modes:ADI, 4S-TTL, CW-TTL
Built-in flash GN:12
Built-in flash coverage:28mm
Flash sync speed:1/125
Additional flash features:HSS, Wireless flash, Wireless HSS, Ratio flash
Viewfinder type:Pentamirror
Viewfinder coverage:90%
Viewfinder magnification:x0.75
Continuous shooting frame rate:3fps
Shutter speed range:30 – 1/4000, B
Auto bracketing frames (steps):3 (1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1/1)
Batteries:2× CR2
Optional battery pack:BP-200 (4× AA)
Weight:335 grams
Additional features:Eye-start, AEL button, Self-timer, Multiple exposures, Release priority, DOF preview, Leader out, ISO override


Date created: 21 April 2018