Minolta Numbering System: Confusing For a Beginner

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by tinshed, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. tinshed

    tinshed Guest

    I have doing some research on buying a "consumer" SLR. I had pretty
    much settled on a Minolta Maxxum 5. However when I look at various
    camera shops I often see models referred to a Maxxum 50 QD. Is this
    the same a Maxxum 5? What confused me more was that also looked at
    buying a Maxxum 70 which appears to be the successor to the Maxxum 5.
    However I see on some camera sites models that are referred to a Maxxum
    7 and Maxxum 70. It would appear, judging from the price, that the 7
    is a different camera from the 70. This makes me wonder if the Maxxum 5
    and Maxxum 50 are different cameras I have got myself quite confused
    now and haven't even yet decided on a lens! Can someone give clarity
    on Minolta's numbering system?

    Thanks

    Paul "Tinshed" Hellyer
     
    tinshed, Jan 4, 2005
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  2. The Maxxum 5 and 50 ARE two different cameras.

    The Maxxum 5 and 70 are pretty much the same in terms of functionality.
    The 70 is newer and bigger (not better or anything).

    The Maxxum 50 is a crippled camera. I wonder why did Minolta put it
    out? The Maxxum 5 is cheap and functional enough to beat the crap out
    of competition's low to low-medium end cameras.

    The Maxxum 7 and 9 are Minolta's medium and high-end cameras
    respectively.

    In Europe and Asia, they are sold under the Dynax brand name and the
    numbering (irritatingly) is different.

    - Siddhartha
     
    Siddhartha Jain, Jan 4, 2005
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  3. tinshed

    Alan Browne Guest

    We would all wish that Minolta would be clear... They used to be reasonably
    good.... an "800" was a bit better than the 7xi, the 9 is the best the 7 is
    damned good, the 5 is a fine camera...

    Then recently the 70 came out and ruined the 'order' somewhat.

    Get the 5 and you will be very happy. The 7 and you will be ecstatic (very
    high value for the price in both cameras).

    If you get the 70, you will have a 5-ish level camera.

    MO.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jan 4, 2005
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    Paul Coen Guest

    Good luck finding a "7" from any of the well-known places. B&H no longer
    lists them, neither does Samys or Adorama, and they're not in stock at a
    few other places I checked. Looks like the existing stock largely dried up
    in the last two months. Glad I bought mine a couple of months ago when I
    did. Local or smaller shops might still have some, but they're likely going
    to still be charging $600 or so. The "9" is still available.

    KEH gets them in often enough, although now that the new ones aren't
    available for $399, the price may actually go up. They've got a Dynax 7
    listed for US$325 right now.

    The "5" is still available, and is a great little camera. It's a steal for
    what B&H is charging for it (US$150). There are a lot of situations that I
    use it just because it's so convenient (not that the 7 is all that bulky
    either).
     
    Paul Coen, Jan 6, 2005
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