Minolta Maxxum AF xi 35-200mm 4.5-5.6 lens fits all Minolta Maxxum/Dynax AF SLR/DLR cameras and Sony Alpha A-Mount DSLR cameras, also great for Sony A77, A55, A35 and A33 cameras.
- Power zoom
- all-in-one zoom
- Minolta AF/Sony Alpha A-mount
- Auto Focus
In 1991 Minolta released their xi power zoom lenses, to match their new xi series cameras. These lenses have a motorized zoom that is controlled either by the camera or the photographer. When the camera controls the lens it is an auto-zoom. When the photographer zooms then it functions as a power-assisted manual zoom. On an xi series Maxxum camera (Minolta Maxxum 3xi, 5xi, 7xi or 9xi) with the proper chip card the xi Power Zoom lenses auto-zoom under the control of the camera. Otherwise, on these or all later cameras they zoom not by twisting or pulling on the lens, but by lightly turning the zoom ring, actuating the electrical motor that zooms the lens, as a power-assisted manual zoom.
To zoom you twist the ring lightly to the left or right. The ring is pressure sensitive, so it will zoom faster the further you twist it. Pull the ring in towards the camera and twist and the lens will electronically adjust the focus.
There are six different Minolta Maxxum Power Zoom lenses: