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Opinions on Minolta Maxxum 5?


chrismason 17 4 Canada
14 Dec 2003 1:55AM
I am relatively new to photogrpahy, about 8 months, and i own a Nikon FG manual focus camera. I would like to purchase an autofocus camera, and i have been looking at the Minolta Maxxum 5 an awful lot. Does Minolta put out a good product? what should i be looking at?
leead 19 71
14 Dec 2003 5:13AM
I use Minoltas (Maxxum 7&9), and think they are great cameras to use. Their optics are also excellent. The word from here in Japan is that they will release new 35mm SLRs and a new DSLR next year, so it may be worth waiting, and seeing what they offer.
benmcmahon 17 260
14 Dec 2003 11:55PM
Dynax (maxxum) 5 is great!used one for 2 years and no complaints!Apart from you cant hook it up to studio flash, there is a converter but the word from Minolta is they dont make them for the 5, this is why i was thinking of buying an Nikon F80, also no DSLR until i read that thread, if you wanna know anything about the camera hit back.
Benm
minoltaandy 17 370
15 Dec 2003 7:56AM
Yep, the 5 is certainly a great little camera, definately one of the best at that price range. It has so many features packed into such a small body, and also the advantage of full manual settings so you can learn a lot more. You can set the ISO manually so you can push film (can't do this on the F75 I believe). As Benn says you can't hook it up to a studio flash but I use slave units so this is not a problem.
benmcmahon 17 260
15 Dec 2003 12:22PM
do you find the slaves a pain on metering?
benm
minoltaandy 17 370
15 Dec 2003 12:29PM
Hmmm, so so. I tend to take a reading from the main lights (say f11) and then tilt the flash away from the subject to avoid adding too much extra light. I bracket a bit (+/- 1/2 stop) to make sure I get the shot but 9 times out of 10 it is right on the first reading.

Fortunately it's not a problem anymore as I have upgraded to a dynax 7 which has a PC socket. This is a fantastic camera and well worth the extra cash. If you look around second hand there are loads as many minolt users are selling up to go digital.
chrismason 17 4 Canada
15 Dec 2003 8:19PM
Is it really small? i read that it was the smallest, lightest AF SLR made...
chrismason 17 4 Canada
15 Dec 2003 8:19PM
Also what is the manual ISO range?
benmcmahon 17 260
16 Dec 2003 10:15AM
I just looked on the web at a 7 but i can get a Nikon F80 2 lenses and grip for about 270 so was just gonna change systems?very unsure have the option of a canon eos 30e too? any ideas?
benmcmahon 17 260
16 Dec 2003 10:18AM
Its very small (but still holdable) and yeah really light lightest in its class when it came out and i got it, i think the ISO range is 6-6400 so anything you'll ever need!
It really is a great camera i love using it, the hold on it is probably not as comfy as a F5 or something but its lovely.
benm
chrislucas99 18 47 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2003 11:19AM
Ben , where did you see the F80 deal you mention ? Seems a good deal to me .
benmcmahon 17 260
16 Dec 2003 11:40AM
I work at Jessops and its all second hand mint equiptment its either that an eos 30 or a dynax 7 what do you think?
chrislucas99 18 47 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2003 11:57AM
Well I'm looking to upgrade myself shortly . At the moment I have a Minolta 404si and use it together with a 19-35mm & a 28-200mm I've been looking at maybe getting the Minolta 7 2nd hand through e-bay . A mate of mine has the F80 and it's a great camera and probably better for me regards bulk than the Minolta 7 . Trouble is though it means changing everything else which is a pain . You're in a good position I'd think to have a real pick of any gear that gets traded in but that deal you can get on the Nikon seems too good to miss depending on which lenses they are .
benmcmahon 17 260
16 Dec 2003 1:28PM
28-100 and 70-300 and mb16grip. But it means switching maybe ill get a Dynax 7 aswell. Use all my wage!
benmcmahon 17 260
16 Dec 2003 1:32PM
check out jessops.com/used
benm

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