dslr: canon vs. minolta

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Rob & Wendy, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. Rob & Wendy

    J. Clarke Guest

    J. Clarke, Jun 10, 2006
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  2. Rob & Wendy

    SMS Guest

    One issue is that Konica-Minolta has exited the digital camera business,
    though Sony is supposedly planning to continue the D-SLR business. The
    current KM offerings aren't bad, especially considering that image
    stabilization is built into the body.

    Another issue is that with Konica-Minolta there is no upgrade path to
    semi-pro or pro. Maybe this doesn't matter to you.

    With Canon, you're spending a lot more money up front to get started,
    you'll probably want three lenses (10-22, 70-300IS, and maybe a 28-105
    or a 17-85IS.

    At the amateur level, Canon will have better image quality than
    Konica-Minolta (or Nikon, Olympus, and Pentax for that matter). At the
    prosumer level, the Canon 30D and the Nikon D200 are pretty close in
    terms of image quality, and no other manufacturer has any products in
    that segment. At the semi-pro level, Canon has the EOS-5D versus the
    Nikon D2x, and no other manufacturer has any products in that segment.
    Only Canon has no full-frame professional D-SLRs at this time.

    Remember, you're buying into a system for the long term here, it's not
    easy to switch later on (well it's easy, just expensive). Canon has the
    best system in terms of lenses, flashes, and accessories, followed by Nikon.

    If you have high quality lenses for Minolta, then I'd get the 7D. If you
    have a bunch of low end, or third-party lenses, then it's time to switch
    to Canon.
    SMS, Jun 10, 2006
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  3. Rob & Wendy

    SMS Guest

    Ironically, if you have a collection of Nikon AI lenses, you are better
    off buying a Canon digital SLR, and a Nikkor AI to Canon EOS adapter
    ring, than buying a Nikon digital SLR, since metering still works. This
    may be cheaper than paying to get a bunch of lenses modified. Note that
    on Nikon's D200 and D2x metering does work with AI lenses, but metering
    does NOT work on the D50 and D70s.

    See "http://www.aiconversions.com/compatibilitytable.htm" for a chart
    that details compatibility of Nikon bodies with Nikon lenses.

    There are still people angry about Canon's move to the EOS mount, which
    occurred about two decades ago. This change made Canon's FD lenses
    obsolete, and destroyed their resale value. Of course you could still
    use the FD lenses on an EOS body, with an adapter, and Canon even
    produced a high end adapter for many of their professional FD lenses.
    The point is, you could still use old Canon lenses on a newer Canon
    body, just as you can use most older Nikon lenses on newer Canon bodies.
    There are limitations with both.
    SMS, Jun 10, 2006
  4. Rob & Wendy

    J. Clarke Guest

    Did you main to have the "no" in that last sentence?
    J. Clarke, Jun 10, 2006
  5. Rob & Wendy

    SMS Guest

    Oops, what I meant to say is 'Only Canon has full-frame professional
    D-SLRs at this time.' Nikon is reportedly working on a full frame
    professional model.
    SMS, Jun 10, 2006
  6. Rob & Wendy

    J. Clarke Guest

    Apparently it started shipping in March.


    Look about a third of the way down the page.
    J. Clarke, Jun 10, 2006
  7. Rob & Wendy

    J. Clarke Guest

    Might be clearance problems, remember that the EF-S cameras have a shorter
    mirror than the full frame.
    J. Clarke, Jun 10, 2006
  8. Geometric distortion is not dependant on aperture and cannot be
    corrected by stopping down. Thought I point this out, just in case.

    Steffen Kluge, Jun 16, 2006
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