So with a few minutes on my hands today I felt like talking briefly about one of the greatest cameras of all time. Yes, of all time! The Minolta Maxxum 9000, the worlds first PROFESSIONAL auto focus camera. I believe it was introduced sometime around 1985-86 maybe, and set the stage for every camera company on the planet to play catch up to Minolta again.
Additionally, like any professional camera, the 9000 had an endless array of accessories and backs, including multiple user changeable focusing screens. It also sported the most sophisticated flash system of any camera ever made.
All in all, it was a huge home run for Minolta. Oh and it was bullet proof.
My 1986 example has gone through countless rolls of film, without ever needing so much as one repair. I often wish that we could turn the clock back and begin shooting E6 again. It was so easy and the images were always beautiful. I don’t ever remember losing a shot with this camera, or it ever delivering a bad one. Not ever.
If you're up for a modern classic, seek out a clean 9000. You won't be disappointed.