Minolta Dynax 600Si Classic + Lens Tamron AF 28-70mm. f3.5-4.5
Released by Minolta in 1995 the 600si quickly assumed cult status. Instead of the more usual push buttons and menus that were the norm for this kind of camera, the 600si was equiped with knobs and dials. It became known as the AF camera for the old-school SLR enthusiast. Its control set became so popular that it set the design precedent for the Minolta 9, 9ti, 7, and even the Minolta Dimage 5, 7, 7i, 7hi, A1 and Konica Minolta Diamge A2 digital cameras. A version with a panorama feature (a mask that reduces the explose film plane) and a date back was released. Known as the 650si in the US it had the designation 507si in Japan.
Instead of the normal menu/button combinations adopted by all the manufacturers of that time Minolta introduced a new system that was a throwback to the cameras of yore. The current philosophy of that time was to manipulate the camera controls via menus and awkward button dial combinations. This philosophy was best shown in Minolta's rugged 9xi that used buttons, dials and an ingenuous on screen menu system. As good as this system was there was an increasing demand of a camera that was easy to use and had easy camera controls. Thus came the Minolta 600si classic. Like the camera of yesteryears the camera had each dial assigned to one function alone. Rocker switches on the back controlled the AF mode metering mode. Of course the camera came with Minolta's legendary 14 segment metering system and was every bit as powerful as the previous pro cameras. The maxxum/dynax 7 is a direct decedent of the 600si as are the pro 9, and the digital SLR 7D. With the maxxum 5 introduced later Minolta went back on its "classic" philosophy this maintaining the "classic" buttons on its pro and pro sumer cameras (maxxum/dynax 7, 9, DSLR 7D) and a newer system with its consumer cameras including the maxxum 5D