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Shutter release button

The Minolta 9000's shutter release button features a touch-sensitive switch for activating the meter and autofocus systems. To conserve battery power, it functions only when the main switch is set to ON or ON w/beep.

Meter activation

To activate the meter, just touch the shutter release button. In low light, the LCD panel in the viewfinder is automatically illuminated. For easier operation of other controls, the meter remains on for 10 seconds after you have lifted your finger from the button. After those 10 seconds, the camera will turn off the display and metering to save batteries. When the shutter release button is touched again, the camera will reset the exposure settings to default values, discarding an eventual program shift.


The camera's autofocus system is activated, if the AF/MF switch is set to AF, whenever the shutter release button is touched. The camera will continuously adjust focus on the subject in the focus frame as long as your finger remains on the shutter release button. To hold focus, press the button halfway down, recompose the photo, and then release the shutter.

Releasing the shutter

After focusing, release the shutter by pressing the button all the way down in a smooth, steady stroke. Never use a quick jab, which may shake the camera and result in blurred pictures.

  • If the shutter release button becomes dirty or oily, set the main switch to OFF and wipe the button with a clean, dry cloth.
  • When proper contact is not possible (e.g., when fingers are very dry or when wearing gloves), press the button slightly to activate metering and autofocusing.
  • Continuous autofocusing is not possible when wearing gloves, since the camera's touch switch cannot be activated.

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The touch-sensitive shutter release button. Next to it, the self timer switch. Activate the touch-sensitive function by covering the two metal fields with your finger.

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