Hi I am Loretta
I have purchase a couple years ago a Minolta 5000i and for the life of me even on the minota web site cannot find any information about my camera.
Are you familiar with it?
It has a place for a card, but I have no clue what kind of card it takes or where to get one. Another thing is what all kind of lenses can I use on my camera other than zoom or fish eye?
Yes, as you can tell I am a beginner.
Thank you let me know if you can help
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Re: Minolta 5000i 35m
The i-series Maxxums were the 2nd generation of Minolta auto focus SLRs. They had cards for various shooting modes beyond what you could set on the camera. It is not a slot for memory cards like the newer digital cameras. The slot was also the access point for a repair tool to adjust the cameras internal settings of speed and exposure,
The repair tool used to do this was: An original GameBoy...
You can use any lens made for Minolta AF. Latest models of the lenses will not work properly since they have more features than your 5000i is capable of, i.e. power assisted zoom..
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Original Polaroid film ceased production a few years ago and so remaining stocks are all so long out of date that the built-in camera batteries are either totally dead or have just enough power to eject the cover slide before failing. There are suppliers of old stock film on sites like eBay, but unless you have modified your camera to take an external 6v dc power supply then you'll be wasting your money. Some suppliers claim the film has been kept fresh via refrigerated storage, but this only extends the life of the photo chemicals: cold storage kills batteries even more quickly.
There is one company, The Impossible Project, which has recently started to produce film for your camera with the approval of Polaroid. Their product only has eight shots per pack instead of the original ten, and currently it's only available in black and white but colour film is planned for production in the near future.
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The supply of new parts for the XG series cameras has long been discontinued. You may have better luck finding a similar model for parts or maybe even a good working one on sites like eBay or Craigslist. Even if new parts were available, it would likely cost 40-50$ for the repair.
Your 5000i is one of the 2nd generation auto focus SLRs Minolta released in the early 90s. They no longer supply parts or service for this model. If there is a mechanical problem with the film transport, it is likely beyond hope. You can use any lenses for it on similar Minoltas like the 300Si/450Si series which came after yours. These are available usually on sites like eBay for a very low price. I would even consider looking on sites like Craigslist.org for something local.
The Minolta X-series (X-300/370, X-570, X-700) were known for this
issue. Two capacitors under the top and bottom covers go bad over time.
They prevent the shutter from releasing, so you cannot wind to re-****
the shutter. If you're handy at these things, you can buy the caps,
remove the covers, solder in the new caps, and be fine. This issue is
well known and you can find instructions on the web. Or you can send it
in for repair. Garry's Camera repair in Niles,ILL will do it cheaply at
$58 incl return postage. Look him up on the web.
Check to see if there is a button battery in another compartment. Usually the "big" battery is for the flash and some other functions but there may be another one that serves basic functions like aperture and shutter operation.
a fine camera for a student learning photography.
pull up the rewind knob to open the film door, using a soft brush clean the film chamber and takeup spool area don't touch the shutter. a q- tip for the finder. take off the lens and clean with soft tissue the front and back lens. unless the mirror is really dusty don't touch it. remove the battery and clean the contacts if needed. you can clean the camera body with a soft cloth.