With a mechanical shutter speeds from 1/12000 the Minolta Maxxum 9 (Also know as the Dynax 9 and the Alpha 9 in other markets.) is the fastest SLR camera ever made.
The fastest SLR in the world is over 20 years old now. The Minolta Dynax 9 still holds the record and you can get buy one very cheap if you are look forr a film camera. Jimmy Cheng heads out to the former Olympic Park in London and looks at this professional 35mm SLR that failed to sway the public over to Minolta from Canon and Nikon back in the late 90’s.
The Dynax 9 is a auto focus 35mm SLR camera manufactured by Minolta. It is also known as Maxxum 9 and (Alpha 9) A-9.
The Minolta Maxxum 9 is a successor to the 9xi and 800si. As with the 9xi, the Maxxum 9 is a rugged camera with legends of it being used to drive nails. Rubberized and weatherproof controls make this camera ready to take on anything in its path. Later versions included the ultra rare 9Ti with a titanium body that is reputed to put the famed Nikon F5 to shame. Its controls followed the 600si.
The shutter is a focal plane device running from 30s – 1/12000s, with flash synch to 1/300s and a built-in flash. The lens fitted to a Minolta A-type bayonet mount.
The Minolta Maxxum 9 Shutter is Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type; automatic speeds: in P and A modes, step-less 1/12000 to 30 seconds with nearest half-stop displayed; manual speeds: in S and M modes, 1/12000 to 30 sec in nearest 1/2-stop increments plus BULB in M modes; x-sync shutter speed: 1/300 second; x-sync shutter speed in wireless/remote flash mode: 1/60 (1/30 second in ratio)