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Konica Minolta Dynax 5D with AF ZOOM 75-300/4.5-5.6 II lens

The Dynax 5D was the third and last DSLR developed and produced under the Konica Minolta brand in few months of 2005. It is a slightly simplified version of the Dynax 7D, and is also known under the names α-5 Digital, Maxxum 5D, α Sweet Digital and DG-5D. Together with the 7D, it was the first DSLR with a sensor-shifting image stabilization system in the body, the "Anti-Shake-System", which made it possible to use any compatible lens without an own stabilization. Minolta cameras have also been the first in the world to use an active anti-dust filter on the sensor. The used sensor is a 6.1 MPx Sony-RGB-CCD with Bayer pattern, with dimensions of 23.5 x 15.7 mm (comprarable with APS-C). Maximum ISO 3200, maximu shutter speed 1/4000 s, 9-point AF, saving images in 12-bit RAW format on a CF card. Weight of the body only 570 g makes it easy to carry this camera everywhere and to use it the whole day. The battery holds very long (800 shots) and loses no capacity after weeks of no use. In January 2006 Minolta has stopped the production of digital cameras to fully concentrate on office equipment, and sold the know-how to Sony. In summer 2006 Sony introduced their first DSLR with Minolta A-type bayonet mount, the α 100 - it was a direct descendant of the Dynax 5D. Further investigation has proven, that the first Sony DSLR was completely developed by Konica Minolta (with a sensor nearly identical to the one used in Nikon D200). And all standard Minolta lenses used by the Dynax are now produced and currently sold by Sony.

I bought a complet set with a Minolta AF DT 18-70/3.5-5.6 D lens, two batteries and three CF cards for 200 USD, a great old Minolta AF ZOOM 75-300/4.5-5.6 II lens (1999) for 90 USD, and for use as second camera it´s better than any modern compact camera, on tripod even in the night. A great nostalgy thing for some photo experiments...

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Taken on February 6, 2012