Two new film SLRs from Minolta

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Elie A Shammas, Jan 9, 2004.

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    Robert Lynch Guest

    Robert Lynch, Jan 9, 2004
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  2. Chances are, just like the Pentax *ist, the new DSLR will be built on the same body as the new film
    Richard F. Man, Jan 9, 2004
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    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Two new film SLRs from Minolta
    Thanks for the low down on the new Dynax 60 - seems like the Maxxum 6 I've
    always wanted but it'll probably be called a Maxxum 60. I'm interested in
    finding out more detailed specs and whether it is more like a Maxxum 5 or a
    Maxxum 7 w/ its LCD Navigation and front and rear control dials for
    apertures/shutterspeeds/exposure comp/etc. Wonder if flash comp will be
    available and/or a custom function to bracket ambient separate from bracketing
    flash. Nice to see Minolta still making more film SLRs. Can a Maxxum 8 (or
    Maxxum 80 or Maxxum 90) be far behind w/ a beeefed up 9ish body? Maybe they
    won't release Maxxum DSLR info till Feb./PMA, we'll see.

    Thanks again.

    Lewis Lang, Jan 9, 2004
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    Magnus W Guest

    (Lewis Lang) wrote in
    No rear control wheel, no LCD at the back. Basically just a 5 with a PASM
    wheel and some added features (AF related for example DMF) but with the 4's
    shutter (!) giving a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000 (!!!) and a flash sync
    of 1/90 (or 1/125, specs seems to differ at this time).

    It is a 5 class body and should really be called "50". It is apparently
    called "70" in Asia, which is a mockery to all the previous 7-class

    Detailed specs are up at
    among other places.
    Magnus W, Jan 9, 2004
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    T P Guest

    The Pentax *ist D is emphatically *not* a digital version of the
    film*ist. It is a completely different design, and the number of
    shared components is surprisingly low.

    For example, once you have learned which older Pentax lenses work, and
    which don't work, on the *ist D, you will have to learn a very
    different set of compatibilities and incompatibilities for the *ist.

    The autofocus and exposure systems also work very differently.

    The fact that they are both called *ist is simply a marketing issue.
    T P, Jan 9, 2004
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    Mark Roberts Guest

    But the Pentax *ist-D *wasn't* built on the same body as the film
    camera. They share nothing besides the name.
    Mark Roberts, Jan 9, 2004
  7. They do have one similarity though: if you have even slightly large hands,
    you won't be able to hold either of them comfortably.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Jan 9, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    The Dynax 60:

    Hmm, DOF preview and diopter adjustment in what looks to be a 'tween
    Dynax 5 and 7 camera. (Gee, seems I mentioned the need...)

    New modeling numbering... (Damnit!!) that is spookily like Nikon's.

    If it has 1/3 stop exp control (exp comp) and ISO override, it looks
    like a nice little beastie.

    Dynax 40 (I guess this replaces the Dynax 4...) ... P&S really. Don't
    know why they bother with the Dynax 5 in place.

    Patience. Wait for the PMA next month.
    Alan Browne, Jan 9, 2004
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    Simon Guest

    I thought maybe it's an exercise in reducing parts inventory - the
    and flash-sync appear to be similar throughout the 60, 40 (3i?) to that
    on the 4 (does this mean the 5 shutter is going to be a pain to get
    repaired in future?). The AF sensors on the 40 appear similar to those
    on the 4 (and 3i) while those on the 60 may be like those on the 7
    (again, does this make future 5 repairs a pain?).

    To my mind, the 60 takes away more (slower shutter mechanism, no
    wired cable release) from the 5, than it adds (2 extra AF sensors, a bit
    more ooph in the flash).

    Question to '7' owners: Is the 9 sensor AF system really that much more
    useful than the 5's 7 sensors?

    Simon, Jan 9, 2004
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    Magnus W Guest

    [snip good points]

    ....and I agree with every one of them.
    I don't have a 5 even if I have used it, but I have a 9 with three AF
    sensors as well as a 7. More sensors are more likely be able to keep track
    of a small object travelling against a larger background, and can also of
    course be used for offset single sensor photo opportunities; the problem is
    that in fast situations you will have to be very fast about choosing the
    sensor. In practice, I often use the central sensor anyway, lock and
    recompose, or use manual focusing -- regardless of camera. I think the
    "more is better" approach to sensors is a waste, especially when cramming
    lots of them into a small area. If only the center of the image is going to
    have sensors, five to nine is plenty IMO.
    Magnus W, Jan 9, 2004
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    Jim Waggener Guest

    But no mirror lock up? You want those sharp 400-800mm images don't you?
    Jim Waggener, Jan 9, 2004
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    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Re: Two new film SLRs from Minolta
    Thanks for the URL Magnus. You're right, w/ just one wheel and a slow sync
    speed it doesn't even deserve to be called a 505si ;-). Hope there's a Maxxum
    80, though some Chasseur du' Image page (pardon my French and my not supplying
    the URL as it has frozen my computer several times) mentions also a Dynax 40
    (w/ probably less features if you can imagine that ;-)).

    Lewis Lang, Jan 10, 2004
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    Redrod Guest

    Interesting . Im' not complaining I been a true Minolta fan for 3years now
    due to personal experience. It seems they want to be conservative of film.
    Long live film
    Redrod, Jan 11, 2004
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