The Minolta 9000 AF was introduced in September 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