Bye, Minolta.

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by SZ, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. SZ

    SZ Guest


    After patiently waiting for Minolta to come up a DSLR for
    more than a year, I finally give up on it. I used to love
    Minolta so much that I've collected quite some Minolta lenses
    including a 24-85mm f3,5-4,5 and a 85mm f1,4.

    On the past Saturday, I found a deal of Canon 300D (with lens) for
    $900 in a local store and I picked up one. After a couple of days
    shooting, I found it is sooooo amazing and sooooo much more convenient.
    I feel that I will never pick up my Minolta 800si again (It is
    a fine film camera though.) Even though 300D is not perfect, it fully
    satisfied my need.

    I've made my decision: I will keep my Minolta lenses/flash for one more year
    and if Minolta comes up with something, I may still come back. Otherwise,
    I will sell all my Minolta equipment a year later.

    For those who are fighting whether to go with DSLR, my suggestion: see
    if you can rent or borrow one and try it out. My guess is a decision can
    be easily made after that.

    SZ, Dec 12, 2003
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  2. Awwwghhhh, another one seduced by the Dark Side...
    Dennis O'Connor, Dec 12, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    hooray for you. Enjoy your 300D.

    BTW: from PopPhoto

    Absolutely, so hold onto your lenses, Maxxum aficionados. Scenario calls
    for a 90 percent operational sample by PMA trade show (February 12-15)
    with delivery by Photokina (September-October 2004). One feature unnamed
    will be a big surprise. Look for new 35mm SLRs at PMA, plus at least
    four point-and-shoot upgrades."
    Alan Browne, Dec 12, 2003
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    Marko B. Guest

    Marko B., Dec 12, 2003
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    NJH Guest

    As Alan Browne has posted, there WILL be a Minolta DSLR. And I for one am
    betting it will be a doozy when it appears, given Minolta's history of
    turning out innovative, trend-setting cameras. Finally, a digital to fit my
    herd of Maxxum lenses! I'm dying to see what it will be like.

    In the meantime, my DiMAGE 7Hi serves very well for SLR-type work.

    NJH, Dec 12, 2003
  6. Two of the three characteristics I assiduously try to avoid in my
    photographic experience. The third is "instantly gratifying."
    The inference being that it will be the same decision as his. While I
    am happy the OP has found a system/technology which so precisely
    satisfies his needs, not everyone's needs or expectations are the

    When I take one of my Nikon F2s out with a day to kill, I rarely load
    the bulk film cassette with more than 12 exposures. (Which, not
    coincidently, gives me the same number of opportunities as my six 4x5
    film holders.) The film often takes another week to process and proof
    in my darkroom. And while I (mostly) never return with any
    masterpieces, it's decidedly not be because of a lack of convenience
    associated with my equipment.

    In fact, novelty and convenience are the *last* things that I am
    seeking. I *want* to have the process slow me down and make me think.
    For me personally, this is where the enjoyment of the avocation comes
    from. YMMV...


    P.S. Congratulations on your new Canon 300D, SZ. I'm sincerely happy
    for you. Have fun with it! :)
    Ken Nadvornick, Dec 12, 2003
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    Gregg Guest

    Pop Photog's "Report from Japan" says there will be a Minolta Maxxam DSLR
    next year, possibly next Spring .......
    Gregg, Dec 13, 2003
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    Gregg Guest

    Wait just a little bit longer ........

    Absolutely, so hold onto your lenses, Maxxum aficionados. Scenario calls for
    a 90 percent operational sample by PMA trade show (February 12-15) with
    delivery by Photokina (September-October 2004). One feature unnamed will be
    a big surprise. Look for new 35mm SLRs at PMA, plus at least four
    point-and-shoot upgrades.
    Gregg, Dec 13, 2003
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: "Gregg"
    I think it said a 90% functional demo in February and a working model in
    September or October. Something like that ...
    Bill Hilton, Dec 13, 2003
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    stacey Guest

    Sounds like me. I HATE that lots of good film is only avalible in 36 exp
    rolls for 35mm. I feel like I end up just blowing frames to finish it near
    the end of the weekend! Everyone is different in the way they work and what
    they like to shoot. I sometimes wonder if the autowind cameras coax people
    into burning more film? I've noticed when I've used a winder on my OM's I
    end up getting less good images a roll.

    I never considered bulk loading film but what you just posted makes me think
    that is a good way to shoot 35mm.
    stacey, Dec 13, 2003
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    T P Guest

    Minolta will be announcing their new DSLR within weeks. You can be
    sure that it will be a far better camera than the EOS 300D.

    Happy holidays.

    T P, Dec 13, 2003
  12. Betcha it's lots more than $900 ready to go...
    Dennis O'Connor, Dec 13, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I hope it is. I don't want wonder-plastic.
    Alan Browne, Dec 13, 2003
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    mel Guest

    I've been a longtime Minolta user since the 1970s... I still have my
    SRT-101, XD5 and my current favorite film SLR X-700... I never got into
    the Maxxum series, but I do have a couple of other cheap point and shoot
    Minoltas... I like them all.

    That said however, I needed a good digital SLR camera this past fall. I
    looked at all of the brands within my budget and I like Mr. O'Conner
    picked the Canon EOS D300. It's a great camera for my needs. It is too
    bad that I was never impressed with any of the Minolta digital cameras I
    seen in the past year or so.

    I hope that those of you still waiting for a Minolta digital SLR will
    get a camera at least as good as the Digital Rebel. Minolta needs
    something like that to build their SLR market.
    mel, Dec 14, 2003
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    T P Guest

    That won't be difficult. The EOS 300D's best feature is its price.
    I think Minolta would need something rather better than the Digital
    Rebel as their first "35mm" DSLR if they were to have any credibility
    in the market. Canon can get away with selling the EOS 300D because
    Canon first offered better quality DSLRS which they used to build
    their market, and only then offered the cheap and ever-so-slightly
    nasty EOS 300D.
    T P, Dec 14, 2003
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    SZ Guest

    I agree with you. I also believe Minolta will have a DSLR.

    It is my opinion that their 35 mm equipment would loose the
    market drastically if they had no DSLR to back it up. One
    example, I can easly find a Minolta 50mm f1,8 for around $30
    used (with fair condition). But a used Canon can cost as much
    as $70 (same as new one!).

    Since 300D does not cost that much (almost same or close to
    a high end P&S digital), I can still steer back if Minolta
    comes up with something soon.

    SZ, Dec 15, 2003
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    RedRod Guest

    Minolta if your seeing this.....I have faith in you that the DSLR will be
    the greatest and will be able to use the maxxum lenses.
    RedRod, Dec 18, 2003
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    NJH Guest

    [ . . . ]

    Yes, good point. I've been thinking along somewhat the same lines myself:
    this is a good time to shop for used Maxxum lenses in really nice condition,
    BEFORE Minolta brings out a dSLR.

    NJH, Dec 18, 2003
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