Minolta Maxxum 9 vrs. Nikon F5

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Rick Dunklee, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. Rick Dunklee

    Rick Dunklee Guest

    I presently have 2 Maxxum 9's with a variety of lenses. I just picked up a
    Nikon D100 to suppliment my print photograhy. I am very impressed with the
    operation especially the autofocus. With this in mind I have been thinking
    about replacing my Minolta 9 equipment with a Nikon F5.

    I presently have Maxxum lense 24- 105, 100-300, 500 and 400 F4.5. In the
    Nikon I would be looking for initially for the 24-85ED and the 80 - 200 ED.

    Am I giving up to much in the Minolta. The setup has served me well over
    the last 4 years.

    I am not trying to start a debate between Minolta/Nikon lovers or
    Print/Digital photography.

    Thanks in advanced.

    Rich Dunklee
     
    Rick Dunklee, Aug 30, 2003
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    Ming Guest

    Try to get a Maxxum 7 (Dynax 7 in Hong Kong) . It is more advanced than
    Maxxum 9 in AF and other aspects.
    The user interface of Maxxum 7 is one of the best for film camera. I am
    sure it would impress you.

    I don't think it worth to convert to Nikon if you are not
    switching to digital.

    I own the Minolta 24-105mm and 200mm lens. They are very good.

    Ming.
     
    Ming, Aug 30, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Wait a few months ... the Minolta Autumn Digital SLR rumor has not been
    dispelled. You might drop the D100 instead...
    The Maxxum 9 is as full featured as it gets and near indestrucatble...as
    is the F5. The only two things in the F5 that are truly better are the
    "real" MLU of the F5 and the 3D matrix metering. (Although the "9" of
    course has a great metering system in its own right). F5's are not
    cheap, but with the digital revolution among many pros, they may be
    coming onto the used market at better prices.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Aug 30, 2003
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  4. Rick Dunklee

    Alan Browne Guest

    First off, he wants Nikon as he has bought a Nikon body.

    Second off, while on the subject of the two better Maxxum bodies... the
    Maxxum 7, while well featured, is in a plastic body, is slower than the
    Maxxum 9 in max speed and max-sync speed and has an undersized, less
    bright viewfinder than the 9. The 7 has many good attributes, inlcuding
    faster wireless shutter speed, the display on the back and more AF
    points and faster AF. Despite all this, there is nothing you can do
    with the 7 that I can't do with the 9. The control layout of the 7 is
    taken directly from the 9.

    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Aug 30, 2003
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  5. Rick Dunklee

    Alan Browne Guest

    First off, he wants Nikon as he has bought a Nikon digital body.

    Second off, while on the subject of the two better Maxxum bodies... the
    Maxxum 7, while well featured, is in a plastic body, is slower than the
    Maxxum 9 in max speed and max-sync speed and has an undersized, less
    bright viewfinder than the 9. The 7 has many good attributes, inlcuding
    faster wireless shutter speed, the display on the back and more AF
    points and faster AF. Despite all this, there is nothing you can do
    with the 7 that I can't do with the 9. The control layout of the 7 is
    taken directly from the 9.

    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Aug 30, 2003
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    Adam F Guest

    yeah and watch for the minolta SSM lenses too, that'll solve your AF-envy!


    adam f
     
    Adam F, Aug 31, 2003
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  7. Well, although I just dumped Nikon at the altar I still covet the F5 (though
    good financial sense dictates that I will probably never own one). The
    Dynax/Maxxum is an almost equally good SLR, meaning it has about 150
    functions you'll never use and about 5 that make it better than the next
    model down. If you can't take a good picture with an F5 or D/M9, you
    probably can't take good pictures.
    In your position, i'd stick with the Minolta- however, I have an inbuilt
    desire to be different, and as the Big Four SLR manufacturers has dwindled
    to the Big Two, the Minolta can definitely be seen as the underdog
    (discounting the MZ-S, as it is seemingly not a pro SLR). In MY position
    with your budget, i'd buy a Contax RTS III. I'm getting hooked on Zeiss, the
    vacuum back intrigues me, and Contax is one of the least popular SLR systems
    currently manufactured. I'd jump at the chance.
    Like you, I supplement film with digital (although in my case the film
    comes paper backed). I find a 4Mp SLRalike does what I need, and with the
    current setup I have a zoom range from 35-200 f2.4-2.8 equivalent. As I have
    no desire to dump film altogether, I have no need for a top-end digital SLR;
    and, from your stated preference for your Maxxum, i'd suggest perhaps you
    don't either. You could pick up an Dimage 7Hi (or wait 'til the A1 comes out
    and pick it up cheaper) or hold off and wait for the Minolta SLR-shaped
    cavalry to arrive. Or do both- whichever, there's no need to switch system
    to go digital.
     
    Martin Francis, Sep 1, 2003
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  8. How many of the D/M9's improvements over the F5 are practical is an entirely
    personal choice. I don't see a shutter with an extra half-stop at the fast
    end to be all that useful, but then I don't see a built in 8fps motor or
    colour-sensitive matrix meter as useful either. Gadgetry one-upmanship is
    for people who overclock their PC/Mac, and customise their car.
     
    Martin Francis, Sep 1, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I never said the Maxxum 9 was an improvement over the F5, just that it
    is supperior in some ways, and the F5 superior in other ways. As I
    believe I said somewhere in the thread, with the Max-9, the F5 and the
    EOS-1v you are pretty much at the highest level of SLR capability and
    robustness.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 3, 2003
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