20 Most Recent Minolta Maxxum 400si 35mm SLR Camera Questions & Answers


You have a film camera, you should have AF lenses. The AF lenses are larger round then older manual lense as you can have the older Minolta lens will fit the newer cameras, just not auto focus. If your AF is not working with AF lenses, I will assume you have power to the camera (batteries) These camera are not hard to use. To AF the camera, press the shutter down slightly (you can try without film) and it should focus on the center of your shot. Indoor and under low light, they will have trouble with these older AF bodies.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018


Search the internet (don't forget about specialized forums) for a well reviewed Sony/Minolta repair shop.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Jan 14, 2018


If it has been stored for so long, the internal battery, which maintains the settings etc and is charged from the main battery, is probably defunct.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on May 25, 2017


I am not sure, but have you played with the camera manual setting ?
if you did
you should change the shutter speed to a higher level (if you have used the manual mode)
but if you use the automatic mode and the light around you was low the shutter speed will be automatically low so the camera could give you a better picture be lowering the shutter speed so it could have the enough time to collect the light (that's why the snapping is slow)
so try to increase the iso or the av (lowering the av's number)
hopefully, I have helped you

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Dec 26, 2016


You can get rechargeable CR5 battery and you will need a battery charger as well.
Check out this WEB site.
http://www.nextag.com/cr5-battery-rechargeable/shop-html

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Sep 29, 2015


Is this an auto focus lens? Most shift lenses are manual focus. Also, because they shift, they can generally only be used on manual not he auto settings. If the contacts are not on the back of the lens then it will on communicate with the body

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Jan 21, 2014


The af/manual switch is located on the side of the mirror box. However, this model was notorious for failure of the auto focus motor. Also check the lens to make sure the focus moves smoothly (take off camera)

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Jan 21, 2014


It uses a 2CR5 battery, which should be available at most electronics or office-supply stores. An online source is at http://www.batteriesplus.com/product/31018-RAYRL2CR5--1-Lithium-Battery/563-0/4739-Film-Camera-Battery/56279-Minolta/Maxxum-400si.aspx

It has a Minolta A-mount lens. Any of the newer Minolta (and some Sony) lenses may be used. The older Minolta lenses for the SRT-series cannot be used.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Nov 26, 2013


Any strange shaped specific battery has multiple commercial batteries inside that are spot welded to each other. The interior can be replaced with new rechargeable commercial batteries if necessary.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Nov 26, 2013


Did you push down the lever on the side of mirror box to switch it to manual focus? If so and it is still not going into manual focus, then the switch may be damaged (bent switch contacts etc.). You can check the switch by removing the bottom and front covers. Beware of loose parts!

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Nov 18, 2013


Well, I'm sure you figured it out by now, but typically there is a small red dot on the lens, near the connecting ring... This lines up with a similar dot on the camera. There is only one way the lens will go on, and still have auto-focus and other functions be able to be controlled by the camera.

Sometimes, when someone is handling a lens, it is possible to move the lock ring. This will keep the lens from engaging at all, with the camera. Try that area.
Doc

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Aug 05, 2013


You may download a copy of the manual from here.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Dec 28, 2012


You should be able to find a 2CR5 battery at any good electronics store (like a Radio Shack, for example). Another source is here.

Minolta Maxxum... | Answered on Oct 19, 2012

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