Michael R. Freeman , Jul 07, 2008; 05:48 p.m.
>"My question is, can I mount a manual lens on this camera or does it have to be an AF lens?"
The Maxxum 3000i will only work with AF lenses. Older MD mount manual focus lenses can not be used. If you would like to add a reasonably inexpensive wide angle lens, look for the older Maxxum AF 28mm f/2.8. There are several listed on eBay right now (search for "maxxum 28* 2.8").
> "I'd like to use the camera in manual mode."
No can do I'm afraid. The 3000i is basically a point and shoot SLR. Program modes (2) only, no manual or other AE exposure modes.
You can download a free pdf instruction manual here: http://mikebutkus.com/chinon/minolta/minolta_3000i/minolta_3000i.htm