Minolta Maxxum 5

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Jim Spencer, Sep 30, 2004.

  1. Jim Spencer

    Jim Spencer Guest

    Hi. I am planning to purchase a Minolta Maxxum 5 body and would like
    advice on what lens to purchase. The camera will be used by my wife
    to take snapshots of our children (probably using the auto mode
    exclusively), and by me to learn photography (my only experience with
    an SLR is from high school yearbook, 15 years ago.) We would like the
    lens to be zoom. Our budget for body + lens is $200 or less.

    What are the relative advantages/disadvantages to buying a refurbished
    body or lens?

    Is the extended warranty for this camera a good idea?

    We plan to buy in the next several days. Thanks in advance for your

    Jim Spencer
    Jim Spencer, Sep 30, 2004
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  2. Goto groups.google.com and type "John Doe Maxxum 5" in the search box.
    Click on the first link that leads you to a post called "What lenses
    for Minolta Maxxum 5". Should be useful.

    See www.keh.com for used cameras and lenses.

    Even if you buy used, a good condition camera body and a zoom lens will
    exceed US$200, IMHO. Anyways, I am posting the prices I found on
    www.keh.com for used lenses.

    $119 Maxxum 5 Date Body (New)
    $30 50mm f1.7 (Used)
    $60 28-85mm f3.5-4.5 (Used)
    $100 70-210mm f4 (Used)

    Add another $50 for some decent Hoya/B+W filters.
    Shutter life?

    My humble advise is to go digital. I did about a year back when I
    started with a digital P&S (Olympus C-750) and I learned a lot because
    I could afford to shoot tonnes of photos with digital, something,
    atleast, I couldn't have afforded with film. A decent prosumer class
    digital will cost you more initially ($300-$500) but offers lots of
    manual controls like shutter, aperture, focus, white balance, ISO etc
    and most have a good lens (Panasonic uses Leica lenses). Infact a few
    lenses you find on prosumer digicams would cost a bomb if you bought
    the same spec-ed lens for a SLR. And when you calculate the cost of a
    film SLR don't forget to add the cost of a good film plus processing.

    And when you have outgrown your digital P&S come back to usenet for
    advice (as I did) ;-)


    Siddhartha Jain, Sep 30, 2004
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  3. Jim Spencer

    Alan Browne Guest

    For general snaps and photo training wheels, the 28-80 kit lens is decent
    enough. As a rite of passage for learning photography, esp. composition, buying
    the 50 mm f/1.7 is a good idea as well (and these are available new and used at
    very good prices). At B&H the Maxxum 5 (QD) is $150 and the 28-80 is $70 (US
    Warrany). The 50mm f/1.7 is $80.

    Bill and Magnus will weigh in here, I'm sure.

    (Note: I often reccomend the 24-105 as a GP lens, but it is outside your budget
    by a bit).
    Maxxum 5 refurbished? Hmm. Better go new. (I say 'Hmm' cause it is a relatively
    new model and I'd be surprised that there any refurbs on the market...)
    No. Or rather only if it so cheap as to be inconsequential.
    Go for it. Great little camera, great capability for the price If your hands
    are large you might find it a bit hard to work with. For most ladies it is a
    perfect size.

    The built in flash is okay for snaps with high speed film (400-800), but
    consider a future purchase of a 2500D or 3600HS D flash as well.

    Alan Browne, Sep 30, 2004
  4. The "consumer" zoom that B&H packages it with is really very good. It surprised
    me. While were on the subject of the Maxxum 5, is there a way to advance the film
    without firing the shutter? I'm trying to work out a system to make mid-roll
    changes with the camera.
    steven.sawyer, Oct 2, 2004
  5. Jim Spencer

    Jim Spencer Guest

    That's good to know. From what I gather from further reading on the
    group, the 28-100 is not a good lens?
    Ebay and Overstock.com both list refurbished cameras. In part,
    they're claimed to be returns of new or fairly new cameras. Isn't the
    Maxxum 5 3-4 years old?
    My wife tends to buy 200 film for the family shots. With this camera,
    should I encourage the higher speeds, or was your recommendation for
    higher-quality photographs?

    Thanks for your response. Very helpful.

    Jim Spencer, Oct 2, 2004
  6. Jim Spencer

    Jim Spencer Guest

    Thanks for the good recommendation.
    I looked on keh.com after your post, but couldn't find the body. It
    was such a great price, it must have sold :(
    I wish I could afford to do it now. I can use the Maxxum lenses for
    film cameras with digital Maxxums if I buy one later, right?

    Jim Spencer, Oct 2, 2004
  7. Oh, sorry. The new Maxxum 5 body price wasn't taken off keh. You will
    find a $119 Maxxum 5 at www.beachcamera.com. And I checked their rating
    at www.resellerratings.com, it seems to be good.
    Well, $200 will get you a Maaxxum 5 + one decent used lens perhaps. But
    like I said don't forget the film processing costs.

    Yes, that is another good way to grow. You can always use the Maxxum
    lenses on the digital Maxxum.


    Siddhartha Jain, Oct 2, 2004
  8. Jim Spencer

    Alan Browne Guest

    It would be nice if you didn't top post...

    Just cover the lens with a cap, set the highest shutter speed and smallest
    aperture (f/22 ish) and press the shutter release until you reach the frame you

    To rewind with the leader out (this works on the Maxxum 7xi) just hit the rewind
    and listen for the sound change ... switch off quickly when the reqind sound
    changes. (Or buy the doohickey to extract the leader).

    Alan Browne, Oct 2, 2004
  9. Jim Spencer

    Alan Browne Guest

    No experience with it, but it appears to be less than stellar. Again, although
    not cheap, a good match to the Maxxum 5 is the 24-105 (D). My SO has a Maxxum 5
    and is very pleased with her Sigma 28-200 ... which is predictably soft ... but
    perfect for her as her photos are used to support her painting and so one lens
    covers a huge range of FL's for her... not a lens I'd reccomend at all. I
    bought her a used 50mm f/1.7 ... when she used to borrow my 7xi and that lens
    she produced sharp, contrasty (and superbly composed) shots.

    BTW: My SO shoots 400 Fuji Superia and she rates it at 200 (she sets the ISO to
    200). This takes advantage of the exposure range of negative film and she gets
    great results.
    To me, 3-4 years old a camera is just beginning to be a good friend. I've had
    Minolta cameras, lenses and flashes for a little over 10 years. Only one
    failure of a 5400HS flash in all that time... which Minolta repaired, N/C out of
    200 is not much margin for the built in flash. Some 400 speed films are quite
    decent for grain, esp. if you don't blow them up too far (they do okay even up
    to 8x12 if well exposed).

    If you do a lot of flash photos, then an accessory flash will not only do
    better, but save the camera battery as well ... and get the flash above the lens
    axis and help reduce red-eye...
    You're very welcome.

    Alan Browne, Oct 2, 2004
    steven.sawyer, Oct 2, 2004
  11. Jim Spencer

    Alan Browne Guest

    I didn't know about the leader out option. The only way with that camera to
    advance frames is to use the shutter (unlike the Maxxum 9 [and prob'y the 7]
    which has a feature to advance it to a specific frame ... which I never use as
    it's not something I want to bother remembering and clicking through a few
    frames with the lens cap on is no big deal).

    If you don't have the Maxxum 5 manual, it can be downloaded in pdf (3 parts,
    searchable) from the Minoltausa site.


    "There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph.
    All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth."
    -Richard Avedon
    -- rec.photo.equipment.35mm user resource:
    -- http://www.aliasimages.com/rpe35mmur.htm
    -- e-meil: there's no such thing as a FreeLunch.--
    Alan Browne, Oct 2, 2004
  12. William Graham, Oct 3, 2004
  13. Jim Spencer

    Bill Tuthill Guest

    There is no 200 speed film currently on the market that is better
    (sharper, lower grain) than Ultra Color 400, formerly Portra 400UC.
    It looks best printed on Kodak or Agfa paper, but works OK on a
    Fuji Frontier. I've heard even Walmart sells UC400 now.
    Bill Tuthill, Oct 4, 2004
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