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Why Sony / Minolta at all?


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I decided to get an SLR based on the extremely sharp pictures my girlfriend could get with her Yashica. A buddy had an x700 so for no other reason than that I went looking for a Minolta AF SLR. I started with an 7000i. Sold it and bought a 7xi, bought another used 7000i as a backup. Sold the 7000i and bought a Maxxum 7. Now it's all about the lenses. Oh yeah, and somewhere along the line I did pick up a old Mamiya 645 1000S. I do love my Minoltas though!


I used my Dad's X-700 since highschool and when I went to college, I switched to Nikon and have been shooting (F3, F4, F80S, FM3A) for many years. When Maxxum 7 came out a few years ago, I told my shooting buddy (he uses the 800si) what a sexy camera that was. I really wanted to switch to Minolta; however, I was hesitated to do that because I didn't want to get rid my whole Nikon system.

I have always admired my friend's 800si with the unique flash mounting hotshoe. I mount my flash on a bracket when I shoot wedding. The Nikon flash hotshoe always come loose after a while and I have to tighten it regularly. Why can Nikon design a better flash mount like Minolta? I had enough of Nikon! When the price of Maxxun 7 came down to $399 at adorama recently, it was so clear that it was time to switch.


I had a Pentax SLR for 25 years but I wanted a digital camera as i am very interested in web images plus I needed a new hobby too. I bought magazines and read reviews. Then I picked out a shortlist of 3 within my budget and went to a store and handled them. I chose the Minolta F300 and I am very pleased with it. I got it on Christmas eve when to my amazement they had £50 off all 5MP cameras. I paid £250. I'm practising with it and learning a lot.


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Thanks, Gerry,

... for sharing your entry into the world of Minolta Photography.

I sometimes forget my history of experience with so many other brands and the comparisons I made on my way to Minolta since I've been a Minolta Photographers for such a long time now!

It's pleasing to know that Minolta still has the power to pursuade on a competitive basis!

Please share images - there's a great gallery space here at Minotla Info, so upload some stuff you are proud of or have questions about or whatever.

I have one at the moment - they apparently pre categorize images and do not sort by photographer geesh!, so how would you find anyone? My secret? Put your own names into the [keywords] field or you cannot find your own pictures again when you search for them! ;-)

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As a Minolta enthusiaist I just joined up here. I see that it usual (and fun to read) to tell a little story about one's history with Minolta. My choice for the Minolta camera wasn't entirely free. After a nice vacation in France I came home with about 50 very bad pictures (I had used a very old compact camera and didn't know anything about taking pictures). My dad (once a good amateur-photographer himself) told me it was time to buy a decent camera and learn at least the basics of photography. No son of his should show pictures of such poor quality to our family, he told me. So together we went to our local photostore where the owner still remembered my dad from years before and they started talking. In the mean while I was already looking at some second-hand camera's and I liked the Nikon F601 (it was cheap and came with lens and a small flash). My dad interrupted his conversation with the owner and told me that if I bought the Nikon I would have to enter his house through the backdoor for the rest of my life. Together with the owner of the store they convinced me that the Minolta lenses were better, but what really convinced me was that my dad offered to pay for the camera if I bought a Minolta. So I came home with a second hand 5000 with 35-70 f4 en 1800af flash. Soon after I cought te photography-virus and after three months I already bought the 800si. I traded it in in 2002 and bought the Dynax 7, but after it let me down during a wedding I decided that the Dynax 9 would be best for me and I wasn't wrong, because up till now it has been the greatest camera I've ever owned.


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A guest accidently dropped it and it shattered to pieces. The flash (5600 HSD) and camera were both unusable. Suddenly I understood the need for the pro model camera's made out of metal (wouldn't have saved the flash though) and I realised that the time had come for me to such a camera. Luckily I had my backup camera in my bag (a Minolta 9000Af with the 4000 flash) so I could continue.


I think most of us have noticed K-M will market its long waited DSLR with APS-C size 6MP CCD sensor and AS function (on selective lenses) by this fall.

What I'm worrying is its positioning. While Nikon D70 is doing well and Canon will be announcing another competitive one, how KM will differentiate itself? IMO, only AS is not enough. It's just too bad KM does not have its own R&D on sensors while Canon has its own CMOS and Nikon has LBCAST. It's not on their own to decide on which sensor to be implemented. That explains why KM only can roll out a 6 MP one, as the only available sensor they can test on is 6 MP ones.

I guess the niche only lies in the past investment of lenses by us.

I'm at the edge of buying a D70 or Sigma 10D. If I make this decision, I will probably trade in my lenses for new compatible lenses.

I'm not saying goodbye to Minolta because I still have two digicam: D7i and Xi. For film camera, I'll only keep the Contax G2.


I received my x-370 along with some lenses and accessories that belonged to my grandfather after he passed away. My job takes me to all corners of the globe and I drag that camera everywhere. That camera has sparked my interest in photography and I am adding accssories to it as I go along. I do all the research on it possible, so I can be a better photographer with it. I will never get rid of that camera, because of it's sentimental value, and the fact I get really good pictures with it


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Hello there,
I did a good bit of research before buying a camera, and after seeing everything out there on the Maxxum 7 I made my decision. I then began shopping around and found Maxxum 7 bodys and they were all in the $900-$1000 range. While in the midst of that, I landed on a great deal on the 70 for just under $500 (with tax) including the 28-100 lens. I didn't know much about the 70 at the time, but after checking it out, I couldn't pass it up. So there we are.
I hope to eventually upgrade to the Maxxum 7d, will have to save up some coin for that though ;)


I started with a XG-1 after this a X9 and my current minolta is a Dynax 8000i.
I started with Minolta because I liked the feeling of it. Olympus (OM-10 in those days) was to small for my hands. And the camera before I bought the Minolta was a Russian Zenith of approx. 1kg. (In a way it's te perfect tool to learn to take pictures)
My target is the Dynax 7D. But my budget doesn't allow it at the moment... Perhaps in a couple of months.


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A very polite and patient K-M rep took an hour to show me the workings of a 7D at a promotional show at a photo shop. I liked the camera, and appreciated the down-to-earth explanations he gave me. Thankfully, he recognized a newcomer to SLR and didn't use gobbledygook.


Though I've been using Minolta cameras for over 30 years, when I finally decided that digital photography had progressed far enough, I had no real desire to buy a Konica-Minolta. I was leaning toward Canon or Nikon. What sold me on the Maxxum D7 was the anti-shake feature which seemed extremely useful when confronted with the generally slower lenses available today.

So far I've been generally pleased with my D7 but it does need lots of improvement. The autofocus system gets fooled too often and the focusing screen is not coarse enough for critical manual focusing, at least for my tired old peepers.

That said, when the camera gets it right, it does great but that only about 50-60% of the time. I guess I should add that I'm no professional but I am very picky about quality.


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The anti-shake also caught my attention, so I guess that was the deciding factor. I must admit I did'nt do alot of comparison shopping. I started with the A200 because of the 8MegPix and shortly thereafter purchased a 5D, I love them both.


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I picked the Minolta Maxxum 7D because I own the Minolta Maxxum 7000 35mm. That had most of the lenses that I needed so I saved money by not rebuilding my lens inventory. Had I not purchased the 7D, it would have been the Canon 20D. I have added two new lenses to the 7D - a Minolta AF 17-35mm wide angle and the Tamron 200-500 AF Telephoto. So far, I love the 7D.


No more Minolta?

Being reported in Japan - Konica-Minolta have announced a pull out from the camera market because of the level of competition on features and price. The camera unit will be sold to Sony with 3700 jobs to go. They will concentrate on copiers and electronic components.


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Hi, I wasn't sure where to post this because I have never been on here before. I was just hoping someone could give me some information about the Minolta Maxxum Dynax 5xi. Even if you could direct me to a site, I would be very grateful. Specifically, I need information about the positives and negatives of the camera as well as how it actually captures the image and how the image is printed or viewed. Also what impact does the technology have on society and the environment. Please can someone help me?


> it's a camera, tigerrrr, not a bomb...i doubt whether it's had much impact anywhere, in any terms...i've used one for years and it's most probably as good a camera in it's class as any of them...the only problem for me is that the autofocus hunts a bit...and it's made of plastic. It's a normal 35mm camera, you buy some film, take your pictures, send your pictures to a lab to be developed....or do it yourself if you want...what lenses will you have access to? I suppose the best thing about it is that you can use it fully automated as a P&S through different control programs to the point where you can use it pretty much as a manual camera. I reckon it's a great little camera especially to start off with



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Wow...lets first good camera was a Minolta HiMatic 7s, then my first SLR, based on the great results from the HiMatic was an SRT-101. Over the years I have owned and used Contarex, Nikon, Canon, Olympus and in recent years an entire Leica M6 outfit along with different medium format gear.

Now? I have sold almost everything, including the M6, but I am keeping what I love best: my Minoltas. In manual focus I am keepng an SRT-101, an XG-9 and the venerable XD-11. Lenses? 16, 28, 35-70, 70-210 and a VIvitar 600-1200 (for fun). I have a Leitz/Minolta CL and CLE rangefinders with a mix of 6 lenses (15, 21, 28, 90 & 135). I also have a Maxxum 7000 and 9000 with motordrive (LOVE that camera!). Lenses are a 15 Sigma, 24, 35-105, 70-210 and a Sigma 600 RF. Even got a 110 SLR!

Yet what do I keep handy for casual shooting and travel? a Vectis S-1!! actually, 2 of then as APS gear took such a dive, they can be had for a song on ebay. I really like the results up to 5x7 and have the following Vectis AF lenses: 17, 22-80, 80-240 APO, 50 macro and the 400 RF APO.

When your Nikon and Canon gearheads puff-up with pride over their "Pro" gear, remember some of the great Photographers of the 70's & 80's who were Minolta loyal: W. Eugene Smith and his groundbreaking photojournalism coverage on murcury poisining in Minamata, Japan (shot with an SRT-101). Remember the famous child photographer Suzanne Szasz (SRT-101). Remember David Hamilton and his trademark soft images of young women a la impressionists that started a whole trend on soft-focus phtography (SRT-101) ...and remember my favorite, Harry Benson, famous LIFE photographer who covered the rich and famous for years, earned the admiration of none other than Leica great Alfred Eisenstadt and only used minoltas (mostly XD-11).

When the gearheads say Minolta is dead, remind them it is still SONY DSLRS! the Alpha with MAXXUM lenses! Long live Minolta!


> Too bad that Minolta was closing the manufacturing of the cameras, I really love my A2 and I was expecting the A3, too bad that it never showed up really.

The only thing I don't like with my A2 is the resolution when taking pics with UHS, it's only running in 640x480, sorry to say that Dimage 7Hi was better on that. Anyone know how to fix this? I can't understand why they lower the resolution, stupid move!