Minolta maxxum 400si


TPF Noob!
Jan 19, 2012
Reaction score
What do you know about the Minolta maxxum? I just bought one for a b&w photography class and I want to know what you all think of the camera. Is it a good camera for a beginner? Is it a good camera in general? I want to continue using it after I finish the class.
Minolta made nice cameras, they are no longer in business; however Sony now owns the company and people are using the older lens on sony digital cameras.
The Maxxum 400si is not a bad camera.
It has Manual and Auto exposure.
It depends on what you mean by "good.
I've used Minolta Maxxums since the mid-1980's, and they are indeed good cameras. Some of course have more professional features or qualities, but you won't find a bad one in the bunch. My experience has shown that the metering system is pretty accurate, within 1/3 of a stop compared to a Gossen Luna-Pro meter. The autofocus is accurate and reasonably fast, and all of my Maxxums have been solid and reliable.
One of the best things about them now are that they are readily available at good prices, as are most of the accessories and many of the aftermarket lenses. One nice feature is that you can use any Maxxum-mount lens in any Maxxum camera. If you want to upgrade in the future, you could buy a more advanced Maxxum for well under $100.
Hey! Thanks for the reply's but I've got another really Important question. I went out and snapped some photos and realized that I have no idea how to read my light meter or if it even has one! So I'm praying that the pictures turn out okay. But if you have any idea what im looking for please help me!

Most reactions