Years ago, I saved up enough money to buy a new\n"do everything" 35mm SRL called a Minolta XD-11.\nIt was awesome, the quality of it's pictures and the\naccuracy of the thing (exposure, etc) was superb.\nAt the time, the complexity of SLR was just starting to\ntake off, and unlike the incomprehensible Canon A-1,\nthe Minolta seemed to have been given lots of thought.\nUnfortunately, I broke the lens of a telescope I had\nand had to replace it at pretty high cost so I ended\nup selling the camera. Later, because I wanted to do\nastrophotography, I bought the mainstay camera for that,\nthe Olympus OM-1 and stuck with it.\nBut Minolta genuinely seems to be interested in the consumer\nif you look at the way they designed their current digital\nSLR. Rather than cheap out on it, they chose a medium between\nquality, functionality and price that at least put them at the\nupper end of the basic DSLR market. Now they have the D5\nout which is catering more to the novice crowd and yet it has\nkept the main attributes of the D7. Good luck to them.