Minolta 5D

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by shipping, Dec 22, 2005.

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    shipping Guest

    I am seriously considering buying this camera.
    Since I have 4 lenses and 2 flsh units from my Minolta 9xi, it seems like a
    smart choice.
    Any comments?
    shipping, Dec 22, 2005
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    Clyde Guest

    Yeah, it does seem like a smart choice. Of course, the only thing I have
    to base it on is that you have 4 lenses and 2 flashes that have Minolta
    on them. I don't know what kind of photography you do.

    Nevertheless, the KM 5D is a fine camera that captures good pictures.
    The fact that it has Anti-Shake in the body for such a low price is very
    nice indeed. Suddenly all your old Minolta lenses are Anti-Shake.

    One warning about those flashes. I don't know what ones you have, but
    not all old Minolta flashes work with the new digital cameras. The
    5600HS(D) and 3600HS(D) will work just fine. Older models will only work
    in all manual mode. That would be almost useless. Be sure to check that out.

    Clyde, Dec 22, 2005
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    shipping Guest

    I am just an amateur-enthusiast, who shoots scenics, landscape, and the
    occassional family snapshots.
    Any advice is appreciated.
    shipping, Dec 22, 2005
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    Clyde Guest

    Most amateur-enthusiasts want to be able to shoot anything and
    everything. A DSLR is a great choice for that. You can add toys... I
    mean tools, to them to fit whatever you want or can afford. You want a
    system that is big enough to fill all those needs/wants.

    I am ammused by amateur-enthusiasts who buy Canon just because it has
    the biggest system. The odds of them ever buying half of that system are
    pretty slim. The Konica Minolta system is probably more than large
    enough to supply you with the tools that you will need.

    As you get better at photography, you may start to notice that you are
    better at certain kinds of photography. If you are smart, you will start
    to focus on that area of photography and get REALLY good at it. No one
    gets really good in all areas of photography.

    If you ever make the mistake of turning pro, your vision will narrow
    even more. You will ONLY take pictures that will make you money. To do
    that you will HAVE to focus to fit your market. As a pro all your
    photography is work.

    As you focus on your specific area, you will need less and less
    equipment. You won't need to shoot everything; just your area of
    expertise. Therefore, any DSLR with a decent system behind it should
    work just fine. Since you have a start on a Minolta system, it should be
    the least expensive and fastest way into the digital SLR world.

    BTW, never buy today for an unknown future. This newsgroup is wonderful
    for speculation about what manufacturers SHOULD do next or what they
    HOPE will be done next. There a lot of "photographers" who couldn't
    possibly take a worthwhile picture with the current technology and MUST
    have the next great thing. This is complete nonsense!

    Buy what is available now and make great pictures. It isn't about the
    camera; it is about the picture. A good photographer will be able to
    take great pictures with any DSLR on the market today. (and plenty of
    non-DSLRs too.)

    The Konica Minolta 5D will probably be able to work with your abilities
    for many years to come. Go for it.

    Clyde, Dec 23, 2005
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    Clyde Guest

    Yes, it is also possible that a huge volcano will cause a new ice age
    next year. However, you probably aren't actively planning for that either.

    You can't control the future. So, don't. Get the best camera for you
    TODAY and take pictures.

    Clyde, Dec 23, 2005
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    shipping Guest

    Thanks Clyde. Great advice!

    shipping, Dec 23, 2005
  7. I love my 5d.. It does everything I need as an advance amateur and the
    quality of the pic is excellent even to 13x19"!

    Philip Procter, Dec 27, 2005
  8. I use it with the kit lens (which seems a fine performer but feels
    distinctly plasticy and screams "cost controlled") and also with
    several lenses from my old film based Minoltas (all of which work

    I read the review you shortcutted and I must admit that I have never
    noticed the poor edge shrpness at 18mm. I love WA shooting and it
    surprises me that I haven't seen that!. When I shoot that wide, I'm
    typically going for a wide angle perspective anyway (you know,
    foreground exagerated) and will almost always be a few stops down to
    get the depth of field. By that point, the poorer sharpness they
    report on may not be an issue. I'll have to do some shooting wide and
    wide open and look critically. It may be all the excuse I need to buy
    that superwide Sigma!

    Thanks for the review
    Philip Procter, Jan 1, 2006
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