Why I hope Minolta survives

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by RichA, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Years ago, I saved up enough money to buy a new
    "do everything" 35mm SRL called a Minolta XD-11.
    It was awesome, the quality of it's pictures and the
    accuracy of the thing (exposure, etc) was superb.
    At the time, the complexity of SLR was just starting to
    take off, and unlike the incomprehensible Canon A-1,
    the Minolta seemed to have been given lots of thought.
    Unfortunately, I broke the lens of a telescope I had
    and had to replace it at pretty high cost so I ended
    up selling the camera. Later, because I wanted to do
    astrophotography, I bought the mainstay camera for that,
    the Olympus OM-1 and stuck with it.
    But Minolta genuinely seems to be interested in the consumer
    if you look at the way they designed their current digital
    SLR. Rather than cheap out on it, they chose a medium between
    quality, functionality and price that at least put them at the
    upper end of the basic DSLR market. Now they have the D5
    out which is catering more to the novice crowd and yet it has
    kept the main attributes of the D7. Good luck to them.
    RichA, Jul 16, 2005
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  2. Unfortunately, quality control doesn't seem to be their strong suit. I really
    wanted the 7D initially, but the initial reports of the 7D seemed to mirror the
    A1, A2, and other K-M cameras I had followed where if you got a good camera all
    was well, but you often had to go through 2-3 cameras before you got a good
    one. Hopefully things have settled down for them quality wise.
    Michael Meissner, Jul 17, 2005
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  3. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Is it design flaws or production quality that's the problem?
    RichA, Jul 17, 2005
  4. If it was design flaws than going through multiple cameras to find one that
    works correctly would not find a working camera.
    Michael Meissner, Jul 18, 2005
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