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Loading/changing batteries

The Minolta 9000 requires two AA-size (R6) batteries which supply power for autofocusing, metering, and shutter release. Either alkaline-manganese, nickel-cadmium, or carbon-zinc batteries can be used.

  • The camera can not be operated without batteries.
  • The batteries are needed even if an optional motor drive is attached.

To load batteries:

  1. Set main switch to OFF, then remove the battery holder by sliding the release tab in the direction indicated by the arrow and pulling the holder out.
  2. Place new batteries in holder with plus (+) and minus (-) ends as indicated.
  3. Slide the holder back into the handgrip. Press on the base to snap it into place.
  • To prevent damage from battery leakage or bursting, never mix batteries of different types, brands, or ages.
  • If the camera will not be used for an extended time period, the batteries should be removed.
  • Used batteries should not be disposed of in fire.
  • Keep batteries away from young children.

Battery check

To check battery condition: Set the main switch to ON position, then touch or slightly press the shutter release button. If the LCD starts blinking, battery power is getting low and fresh batteries should be installed.

Low-power indications

Fresh batteries should be installed in any of the following cases:

  • When the LCDs in the viewfinder or on the camera body blink.
  • If the shutter will not release or if shutter speed and aperture are not displayed when the shutter release button is touched.
  • When autofocus will not operate or its operation is extremely slow.

Cold-weather operation

Performance of batteries tend to decrease as they become colder. Before using the camera in cold weather, make sure fresh batteries are loaded. A spare set should be carried in a warm pocket, in case you need to change batteries while shooting. Battery capacity, if weakened by cold, will be restored as their temperature rises again.
For prolonged cold-weather use at approximately 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) or lower, use of AA-size nickel-cadmium batteries is recommended.

Memory storage

The following settings are stored in the camera's memory as long as fresh batteries are installed in the camera: exposure adjustment, film speed, and manual exposure settings.
Whenever the battery holder is removed and reinserted: exposure adjustment is set to +/-0.0, film speed is set to either the ISO setting for DX-coded film in use or ISO 100 for non-DX films, and manual exposure settings are reset to 1/250 second and f/5.6.


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The camera takes two AA batteries in a removable battery holder.

The camera will be reset and locked every time the batteries are removed and inserted. To indicate that the settings have been lost, "ISO 100" blinks in the display. Enter correct ISO speed and the camera will be fully functional again.

Mounting index Bayonet mount Aperture stopdown pin Lens lock pin Lens release button Self timer LED Shutter speed up/down control DOF preview switch Lens contacts Aperture up/down control Focus mode switch Remote control terminal (covered) Matte screen Bottom contacts for accessories Battery compartment Rewind release Coupler for motorized film winding Coupler for motorized film rewind Handgrip PC socket Focus drive coupler Mirror Tripod socket Serial number Back release lock Lighting window Diopter adjustment dial Eyepiece shutter lever AEL button Accessory shoe Finder Film window Film advance lever On/off switch Multiple exposure button Strap eyelets Strap eyelets Strap eyelets Exposure mode selector Shutter release button Self timer switch Exposure adjustment button Frame counter Back release/ rewind crank / metering selector ISO adjustment button Film guide rails Film guide rails Back removal lever Take up spool Shutter curtains Film winding sprockets Accessory back contacts Back release latch Rewind prong DX contacts Back/top Front/bottom Film chamber Alphabetical