The Minolta 9000 AF was introduced in 1985 and was both Minolta's and the world's first professional autofocus SLR. It was called Minolta Maxxum 9000 in the USA and Minolta α-9000 in Japan. The 9000 served as a base for a system whose capabilities were extremely far-reaching for its time, including 5fps motor drive, programmable multi-metering camera backs, a bulk film back, an interchangeable "digital" (still video) back, and a full line of AF lenses and flashes.
Shutter: Aluminium focal plane shutter with speeds 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Metering: TTL through combined ambient and flash metering cells located at the bottom of the mirror box (therefore, not influenced by the focusing screens used), center-weighted or spot-metering metering characteristics for ambient light, center-weighted for flash light
Exposure: Program controlled mode, manual mode, aperture priority or shutter priority mode
Flash: PC-socket plus TTL-enabled hot shoe for Minolta AF-flashes, shutter synchronized for speeds up to 1/250 sec.
Finder: Pentaprism finder, diopter correction, 94% coverage at 0.81x magnification
Display: LCD displays on body and in the view finder
Film advance: Manual lever and rewind crank, add-on winder (2fps, manual rewind) and motor (5fps, motorized rewind) units available