IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY BUT NEED SOME HELP, PLEASE BE\nSURE TO LEARN THE FOLLOWING TIPS TO PREVENT DISASTER:\n\n1)Never buy a Minolta 35mm SLR. Minolta is a sub-standard camera\nmanufacturer. They had some respect in the 1980's, but that is\nhistory. They make some OK point and shoot APS cameras, but that is\nabout it. If you buy a Minolta SLR, you will be getting a camera with\npoor build construction. You will be limited as far as lenses and\naccessories go. You will be stuck with a non-standard flash mount.\nMinolta AF lenses are not as good as lenses made by Nikkor, Canon,\nZeiss, or Leica. If you are buying your first 35mm SLR, get a Canon or\nNikon system. They have the best selection of lenses and accessories\nand much better quality bodies than Minolta or Pentax. Canon is\nslightly better than Nikon. Leica and Contax are great systems too if\nyou can afford it.\n\n2)Do not buy a digital camera until they are available with 20\nmegapixel resolution if you intend to print your pictures. That is\nwhat the equivalent to 35mm film would be. If you are snapping pics\nfor the web, then a lower resolution may be acceptable.\n\n3)Never buy a point and shoot 35mm camera with a zoom longer than 90.\nEven better, try to stick to point and shoots with a fixed focal\nlength like the Contax T3, Leica Minilux, or Olympus Stylus Epic QD.\n\n4)Never buy any color negative film other than Kodak or Fuji. Kodak is\ngenerally better. If you are shooting black and white film, then you\ncan use Kodak, Fuji, or Ilford with good results.\n\n5)Never shoot any chromogenic (C-41) black and white films. They are\ngarbage and have very little contrast.\n\n6)Never shoot any slide films other than Kodachrome Professional. This\nis the only truly archival slide film. Other slide films (E-6) may\nlook good when they are first processed, but give it a year or 2 and\nthey will start to fade dramatically.\n\n7)Never print Kodak film onto Fuji paper, or vice versa. Print film\nonly on paper of the same manufacturer.\n\n8)Never clean your lenses with anything other than a blower brush.\n\n9)Do not use flash for children under 6 months old. It could\npermanently damage the child's vision.\n\n10)Keep professional film in the refrigerator until you are ready to\nuse it. Take it out 1 hour before and allow it to adjust to room\ntemperature before you remove the film from the plastic container and\nload it into the camera. DO NOT keep consumer film in the\nrefrigerator...it could slow down the aging process and prevent the\nfilm from ripening. NEVER STORE ANY FILM IN THE FREEZER DESPITE WHAT\nANYONE TELLS YOU.\n\nI OFFER THIS ADVICE TO YOU NEWCOMERS SO YOU DON'T MAKE THE SAME\nMISTAKES TOO MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS MAKE.