|Dynax 5D camera - AF lens and Anti-Shake
The Konica Minolta 5D is equipped with a metal bayonet. All Konica Minolta AF lenses fit on the 5D which means they all feature image stabilisation. Nowadays Konica Minolta also offers lenses purely designed for smaller sensors. They have a smaller image circle which is still wide enough to cover the entire surface the Anti-Shake needs. Anti-Shake is, so to speak a sensor hung up in a frame. Within the frame the sensor is able to move in order to compensate jitter. On the right from the bayonet, the lens' de-lock is found and the switch for activating and deactivating the auto focus. Completely left on the handgrip a LED is positioned that will start blinking as soon as the self-timer is activated.
Konica Minolta Dynax 5D - Buttons
The back of the 5D D-SLR contains many buttons but not as many as the Dynax 7D. The large monitor is dominating the back, the 2.5-inch screen really stands out. And the monitor is of excellent quality. A lens cap for protecting the lens is not available, but usually you'd only lose the thing. The switch top left activates or deactivates the camera, quite an unusual place for the on/off button. Below it we find the buttons for the menu, for swapping between monitor rendition, the recycle bin and the buttons for viewing the captured pictures. Obvious spots. Right from the monitor the four-way controller is positioned. It lets you scroll through the pictures or through the menu, and it lets you select the auto focus areas. The button is rather sensitive. In practise it happened frequently that I would select the wrong area. I think it's due to the fact that I use my left eye to shoot, which means that my nose operates the four-way controller unwillingly. Below the four-way controller the extension for external power is found. Right from the controller the button for the Anti-Shake is positioned. I kept it on permanently because this system works perfectly. The top row buttons feature a Function button, the exposure correction and the exposure lock. In particular the Function button plays an important role. The main shooting settings are accessible through it.
|Konica Minolta 5D SLR - PictBridge compatible
The left side of the Dynax 5D reflex camera carries the connection for the printer, hidden behind a rubber cover. The Konica Minolta Dynax 5D, alike many other cameras, is able to print the images directly via PictBridge on a PictBridge supporting printer. The other side of the 5D contains the door to the CompactFlash memory compartment. The door has a secure lock. Both sides of the Dynax 5D are equipped with an eyelet for attaching the camera's strap. And the strap itself has an eye shell attached to it that is used for covering the viewfinder. This is necessary when using slow shutter speeds in order to prevent light from falling onto the sensor through the viewfinder.
Konica Minolta 5D - Other features
Looking at the Dynax 5D from above, it might look like a normal camera. A small information LCD display is lacking. On the left we find the white balance setting. And it's amazing how effortlessly this white balance works, well done, designers! In the centre the built-in flash is placed, which pops up pleasantly high. A separate hot shoe is also available, however, not all flash units fit on it. The connection differs from other brands. On the right side, the button for setting the exposure programs is prominently present. Besides familiar settings like P, S, A and M, the Konica Minolta 5D obviously offers the Green mode and some icons. Two buttons are available for adjusting the sensitivity and the image speed. Most of the buttons on the Dynax 5D reflex camera feature only one single function which makes it easier and better organized. The release button, situated on the handgrip, has a fine obvious pressing point. The wheel in front of the release button is used for setting the aperture, among other things. Finally we find the metal tripod connection and the cover that hides the battery compartment on the bottom of the camera. The 5D D-SLR uses the same battery as the Konica Minolta Dynax 7D.