Minolta A1

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by cc0112453, Dec 13, 2003.

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    cc0112453 Guest

    Thought I wasn't going to buy a new digital for a few more years. I had
    already browsed the new line up of Prosumer digitals and hadn't seen
    anything that impressed me. I currently have an Olympus 3030 purchased
    three years ago to get me by until the technology and prices came around to
    a reasonable level. Surprise, surprise! I was reading some posts and found
    a reference to a Minolta 1A. It appeared to be the camera I have been
    looking for. It is 5 mega pixels, with the equivalent of a 28 to 200 zoom
    lenses. The 28 to 200 was the clincher. Lots of 35 to what ever zooms but
    noting with a decent wide angle. Good professional reviews as well as many
    satisfied individual testimonials. Beach Camera had it for $699. Hard to
    beat that for a do it all camera for the consumer who wants something with
    some features but doesn't want a camera bag full of attachments. I'll post
    more when it gets here.

    cc0112453, Dec 13, 2003
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    Marc Libom Guest

    a reference to a Minolta 1A. It appeared to be the camera I have been
    Maybe you read some of my postings here already. You are totally right. The
    A1 is the best featured prosumer cam and able to shoot pictures, you cannot
    shoot with many other cams including 300d. The A1 is extremely convinient
    and just makes a lot of fun to work with.
    Marc Libom, Dec 13, 2003
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    R2D2 Guest

    What can the A1 do that the dRebel (300D) or any dSLR can't do? Educate us.
    R2D2, Dec 14, 2003
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    Junque Guest

    It can give that "artistic" noise effect in dim light due to its smaller
    video sensor.

    It can blur fast moving subjects because the sensor is too noise to use
    at high ISO settings.

    It can cut subjects off because the wide angle lens is not wide enough.

    It can give that "artistic" pixilated effect in distant subjects because
    200mm is not long enough.
    Junque, Dec 14, 2003
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    R2D2 Guest

    R2D2, Dec 14, 2003
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    Provide low-cost, easy-to-carry, easy-to-use one box capability for 98% of
    many people's needs. But you knew that!

    David J Taylor, Dec 14, 2003
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    Marc Libom Guest


    - With the A1 you can choose the AF you want and need.

    - You can control image balance and quality in advance (live-histogram), not
    afterwards like the EOS, when your scene has gone forever and you have to
    recognise, that your EOS pic is not good balanced, over- or wrong exposured

    - You don't need to change lenses all the time, as the fast 28-200 will
    cover 98% of all needs of the people, who buy a camera in this prize range

    - You can shoot available light pics without tripod and especially tele
    shots at 100mm or 200mm out of the Hand even at 1/10s thanks to AntiShake.

    - You can do nature macro shots without laying in the dirt. You can do over
    the head croud shots without to do it blind and hope the AF got something

    - You can do studio shots, as the A1 provides the standard TTL port

    - You can buy an A1 and book a great vacation also for making fine pictures
    for the same prize you have to pay for a comparable EOS300d with an
    28-200/F2,8-3,5 APO MACRO lens, (minium) a 90 degree view finder and the
    special glue to fix the broken plastic parts, after the plastic EOS hit

    - You can do suddon shots as you can react on complete different situations
    within a second with your pre-saved user profiles, where you can save and
    redo almost every feature of the camera.

    - You can save the money for medical issues after to resolve your backbone
    and shoulder problems after you carried your big bag with heavy equipment to
    compare to what the A1 offers just "in the box" as a perfect all-in all
    Marc Libom, Dec 14, 2003
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    Junque Guest

    Until you realise that you have carried around a camera all day which
    was never adequate to use.
    Until you find you have to sell it at a lose and buy a camera which can
    do the job.
    If you want a light weight compact camera get one, it will serve for
    many opportunity shots, if you plane to photography something specific
    then take the right tool for the job; make do and mend means exactly
    Sound advice, or at least a 300D; I want one (10D that is).
    Junque, Dec 14, 2003
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