How can I use a telescope or other non-automatic lens with my Minolta Maxxum
or Sony Alpha 100?
Minolta added a protection feature on the Maxxum Series-xi and Series-si cameras which
does not allow shutter release without an electronically attached lens. An electronically
attached lens is a Maxxum or Minolta AF or other manufacturer lens with electronic
contacts. If you planning to use your Maxxum camera with a lens which does not have
electronic connection to the camera, microscope or telescope adapter, you must switch off
this function. Follow the steps below to switch off the safety feature. Note: There is
no way to switch off the safety feature with Maxxum 2xi, 3xi and SPxi cameras. Therefore,
they cannot be use with other than a Maxxum AF or similar lens.
The Sony Alpha 100, which is basically a continuation of
the Minolta-designed Maxxum digital cameras, has the same features.
5000, 7000, 9000, 5000i, 7000i, 8000i No preparation needed to use
3000i, 2xi, 3xi, SPxi Use of T-mount lenses, microscopes, and
telescopes is not possible.
5xi Press and hold SPOT and FUNC. buttons and switch from LOCK to
7xi/9xi Press and hold AEL and FUNC. buttons and move power switch
from LOCK to ON.
300si Press and hold FLASH and DRIVE/SELFTIMER buttons and move power
LOCK to ON. (Off appears in LCD panel)
400si Press and hold Drive Mode and AV buttons and move power switch from
LOCK to ON.
500si Press and hold Drive Mode and SPOT buttons and move power switch
from LOCK to ON.
600si Press and hold the LENS RELEASE button and FILM SPEED button and
move the power switch from LOCK to ON. (OFF appears in LCD panel)
700si Press and hold SPOT and CARD buttons and move power switch from
LOCK to ON.
800si Press and hold SUBJECT PROGRAM and AEL buttons and move power
switch from LOCK to ON.(OFF appears in LCD panel)
XTsi/HTsi Press and hold the Selftimer-Drive Mode button and Spot/AE
button while sliding the Main Switch to "ON." (OFF appears in LCD panel)
Vectis S-1 Press ON/OFF to turn camera ON. Open door that covers
hidden buttons. Press the Drive Mode button (fathest on the left) and the MODE button
together. "ON" will appear in the LCD panel. Press the "SEL" button
(second from right in hidden buttons). "OFF" Will appear in the LCD panel.
RD-175 Press and hold DRIVE/SELFTIMER and AV buttons and move power
switch from LOCK to ON. (ON" appears in LCD pane)
Maxxum 7D, Sony Alpha 100
To disable shutter lockout on the new Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
or the Sony Alpha 100 DSLR (for T-mount
photography, for example), do the following:
Turn on power on the camera (main switch);
Press the MENU button on the back of the camera (upper left)
Use the right-going control arrow button to the right of the LCD screen to
scroll sideways to the little "gear" icon (second from
the right in the user interface);
Push the "AF" button (in the center of the scroll control array on the back of
the camera) to get a new sub-menu;
On the new sub-menu, scroll to the right to the "3+gear icon" sub-sub-menu;
Scroll downward to "shutter lock";
Scroll to the "ON/OFF" setting to the right;
Use the Up-Down scroll arrows to highlight "OFF";
Press "AF" to load your selection into the camera memory;
Press the main MENU button on the back of the camera to exit this custom setup
mode and resume camera operations.