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Konica Minolta Maxxum400si/500si 35mm SLRs

3.64 star rating
                      3.64 / 5 (47 Reviews)
MSRP : $479.00


  • Lens MountMinolta A-Type
    Camera TypeSLR (Single Lens Reflex)
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Shutter Speed30 - 1/2000 sec
    Depth2.63 in.
    Height3.63 in.
    Width5.81 in.
    Weight13.44 oz.
    MPN2092301
    Product ID44015

Product Description

No matter what your photographic experience may be, the Maxxum 400si (Dynax 500si) makes taking pictures a profound pleasure. That’s because it’s equipped with Progressive, 3-level Operation: fully automatic mode for point & shoot simplicity, subject program selection for those hard-to-take shots, and complete creative control with aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual exposure modes.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by touristguy87 a Expert

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2011

Strengths:    Decent construction, light, reasonably fast, works well

battery life seems to not be a problem whatsoever though it takes CR2 batteries (cr5? )not easy to get now

...very stylish...that's one reason that I bought it over the newer Minoltas

flashes the shutter-speed if it's below 1.5/FL very nice
I seriously wish that more cameras did this


Weaknesses:    has no lights on it anywhere, no stop-down button, no way to adjust the metering mode, have to reset the timer after every shot (not hard but still) is not the most quiet camera due to the AF motors on my lenses but the shutter is ok

Viewfinder doesn't show anything but speed, apeture and relative exposure +/- compared to the setpoint


Bottom Line:   
All I know is that I get pretty-good shots out of mine. I just found out that it only has center-weighted metering which is both good and bad. But generally exposes well, gives me good AF with the two Tamron lenses that I have (19-35 and 28-300) and while it's light on features it has everything that I really need to get good pictures...shooting film.

If you're looking for a good cheap film camera to try out shooting film this is definitely a good way to go, and it will support Alpha lenses for digital if you want to go that way.

it's not digital but it certainly does well for a film camera

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Nikon N80
better feature set but I get better pics out of the 500si, center-weighted may work better with film, not sure yet but it seems so


Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by faast photography a Professional

Date Reviewed: December 4, 2003

Strengths:    CHEAP, light,

Weaknesses:    not even worth the small price payed for it, prone to die quikly

Bottom Line:   
I bought this camera for my nephew early this year, i figured it would be easyer to use than high grade nikon or such, it worked great as a beginers camera for about 6 months it is in perfect condition yet it has developed a problem where help comes up on the display and the whole camera freezes, i would not recomend this camera for anyone

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   b&h photo

Similar Products Used:   i have used all Nikon pro bodys this may have to do with why i am so harsh on it

Type of photography:   Sports


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by djohnfot a Intermediate from Salem, OR USA

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2002

Strengths:    Useful and accurate spotmeter.
Metal lens mount. Remote control socket. Brighter viewfinder than 400si. DX-override.

I find the autofocus to be about on a par with the older Pentax SF-1 I used to own, except the Minolta is faster. It's not the fastest but it's much quicker than I could ever manually focus. Negatives are tack sharp (I have a 35-80 lens) and exposure is very accurate. Spotmeter is intelligently integrated and easy to use. Well-built, if a bit plasticky. A nice fit for my hand.


Weaknesses:    No second-curtain sync (all SLRs should have this feature). No PC socket. No light for the info panel (although the info panel in the viewfinder is lighted). Changing aperatures in manual or Shutter-preferred modes is a bit clumsy. No DOF scale on the lens. No DOF preview. Not as rugged as the Pentax SF-1 (but, honestly, the Maxxum is a much less expensive camera). Autofocus is very good for a single-sensor model BUT multiple sensors are more desirable.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the Maxxum 500si, known otherwise as the Dynax 500si Super.

A very fine, intermediate camera with some very useful improvements over the Maxxum 400si/Dynax 500si. An excellent buy. The HTsi is similar but has a more sophisticated focus setup.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Focal Point Photogra

Similar Products Used:   Canon Rebel 2000
Nikon 8008
Pentax SF-1


Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Cassie a Casual from Australia

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2001

Strengths:    reasonably light
Easy to use. Good for a beginner that wants a good SLR


Weaknesses:    A bit noisy
no outlet for a remote switch


Bottom Line:   
Nice camera to use. Takes good photos. Took it to the UK, Perth, Tasmania and the photos came back fine. (pity about some of the labs I took the film too)

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Simon Pleasants a Casual from UK

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2001

Strengths:    Does everything a beginner / casual photographer could want. As simple and quick to use as a compact but with much better results and much greater versatility.

Weaknesses:    Autofocus does not like extreme distance. It must have a clearly definable object to lock on to. It is quite slow and noisy.

The controls require a little intuition to use. I found it fine, but someone less inclined to push buttons and rotate dials just to see what they do might struggle.


Bottom Line:   
This was my first "modern" SLR. Since I was about 12 I have always used an old, fully manual Pentax with fixed focal, screw fitting lenses. Talk about learning the hard way! Even the tiniest mistake was punished! I learned to produce very good pictures with it, but as a holiday camera it just was not quick enough and required an entire ruck sack of its own to transport around all the lenses etc.

Ahead of a long and busy holiday (6 weeks in Australia / New Zealand) I decided to buy something much quicker and Dynax 500si was the answer.

I have quickly run through several roles of film to test it out and I am extremely happy with the results. Not a single bad picture on any film.

I have used the camera in a variety of different settings (open country, in the city, shooting animals, moving vehicles and indoors at night of people). It has produced excellent results in all cases.

I would like a dept of field preview and some more advanced metering options, but as a holiday camera to bring back real pictures a big step above a compact then this is the beast! The only down side is the confusion experienced by the AF when pointing at non-tangible subjects!

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   Jessops

Similar Products Used:   Friend had a similar body, not Minolta. Cannot remember the manufacturer. Not much difference.

Type of photography:   Outdoor



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