BATTERIES AND POWER
The Minolta 9000 uses two AA-size batteries which supply power for autofocusing, metering, and shutter release. Either alkaline-manganese, nickel-cadmium, or carbon-zinc batteries can be used.
To load batteries:
- Set main switch to OFF, then remove battery holder by sliding release tab in direction indicated by arrow and pulling holder out.
- Place new batteries in holder with plus (+) and minus(-) ends as indicated.
- Slide holder back into handgrip and press on base of holder to snap it into place.
- To prevent damage from battery leakage or bursting, never mix batteries of different types, brands, or ages.
- If camera will not be used for more than two weeks, batteries should be removed.
- Used batteries should not be disposed of in fire.
- Keep batteries away from young children.
To check battery condition: Set main switch to ON position, then touch or slightly press operating button. If LCDs start blinking, battery power is getting low and fresh batteries should be installed.
Fresh batteries should be installed in any of the following cases:
- When LCDs in viewfinder or on camera body blink.
- If shutter will not release or if shutter speed and aperture are not displayed when operating button is touched.
- When autofocus will not operate or its operation is extremely slow.
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 will be restored as their temperature rises.
For prolonged cold-weather use at approx. 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) or lower, use of AA-size nickel-cadmium batteries is recommended.
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 sec. and f/5.6.