Now I am stuck.... (minolta)

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Vedran Grubac, May 14, 2005.

  1. I need some help people. Does anyone have expirience with minolta dynax 60
    (maxxum 70). It has some cool features like maunual focus switch is on the
    body not lens, focus tweakig afert AF (only with D lenses), wireless flash
    trigger in camera... I want to konw how would it behave for example for
    fashion (capturin things on catwalk) and things like that. At moment I am
    beginning and need camera to learn and hopefully starting to build system.
    So if you have any suggestion I would appriciate. Alteranive is Canon eos33v
    (elan 7n i think), for wich I know it is a great camera and worked with.

    p.s. Am I wrong or for dynax 60 there is no vertical grip / battery pack?

    p.p.s. Sorry for my english I am not from enslish teritorry.

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    Vedran Grubac, May 14, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Get the Elan 7. More camera than the Maxxum 70. (Not sure if the Elan
    7 has spot metering however which is better for slide shooting).

    Or get the Maxxum 7. More Camera than the Elan 7.

    For the catwalk shots, the lens is more important than the camera.
    (Actually lenses are more important than cameras in all cases).

    In turn it depends on the size of the show, where you're standing, etc.
    an 80-200 f/2.8 is pretty good for moderate sized shows. A bit longer
    for bigs shows. If you're using an attached flash like the 5600HS, then
    you will need fast glass and probably ISO 400 film unless you're close
    to the stage.

    eg 5600HS is GN 56m, if you're 10 meters away, you'll be fine at f5.6
    and ISO 100. but if 20 meters away then f/5.6 will need ISO 400 film.
    (But you'll always be using most of the flash power, so this kind of
    sucks, f/2.8 glass will cut the flash recycling tremendously).

    So, in turn, it would be good to have the battery pack for the flash to
    speed recycling (uses higher voltage) and increase endurance (more

    Alan Browne, May 14, 2005
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  3. Get the Elan 7. More camera than the Maxxum 70. (Not sure if the Elan 7
    I think I will take elan 7 with bp300 at the end. But I am considering all
    options at the moment. Two things about minolta are that it has spot
    metering (elan doesn't) and af/mf switch is n the back of the body not on
    the lens.
    Vedran Grubac, May 14, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Minolta AF drive motors are in the body, not the lens, and the older
    AF/MF switch was a mechanical disconnect.

    On the Maxxum 7D, there a MF/AF-auto-continuous-single switch as well as
    a MF override (force AF) button near the right thumb position. (I assume
    the Max 7 is the same in this regard, not sure).

    I still say the Maxxum 7 is a much better camera than the Elan 7 for
    several reasons including spot metering and the exposure display on the
    back panel of the 7.

    The Elan 7 is very quiet, OTOH, so can be an advantage in some
    situations like concerts and plays. Well, at least the concerts I've
    been going to for the past 10 years or so...

    Alan Browne, May 15, 2005
  5. But with Ring USM you have full time manual focusing capabilities, as
    well as fast and silent autofocus. If you went with KM and decided to go
    digital, then you could get a KM 7D and have stabilization with all
    lenses, including the fast primes, for which Canon and Nikon do not have
    stabilization. Lenses with stabilization are expensive, which is why I
    have considered the KM 7D, even though I am slightly invested into the
    Canon system.

    AnOvercomer 02, May 15, 2005
  6. I agree that the Maxxum 7 is a better camera than the Elan 7 (at a
    higher price), but the 7n series has auto focus comparable to the EOS
    1V, according to the specs, which may be some of Canons marketing
    schemes. The Maxxum 7 has spot metering but the Elan has mirror lock up.
    Consider the lens system also, when making your decision.
    It is also an advantage in wildlife photography.

    AnOvercomer 02, May 15, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    The Maxxum 7 has mirror lockup.

    There is nothing wrong with the Maxxum lens system other than it being a
    bit lean. For almost all amateurs and the majority of pros it is more
    than coverage enough.

    Alan Browne, May 15, 2005
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