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Old Nov 27, 2004, 4:11 PM   #1
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I have a Minolta Maxxum 7xi 35 mm Camera with a Zoom xi 0.5-1m (af 28-105) Lense. I would like to upgrade to a digital camera. I have not been able to figure out how to determine which Minolta cameras are compatible with my lense. Any help in this matter would be much appricated.

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Old Nov 27, 2004, 5:11 PM   #2
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It'll work fine with the Minolta 7D: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=11121378
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Old Nov 28, 2004, 1:33 AM   #3
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thanks for your help.

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Old Dec 3, 2004, 11:08 AM   #4
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I am curious myself as to whatperformance I can expect considering a couple of older Maxxum lenses I have, which I purchased back in 1986 with my still perfectly operational Maxxum 7000. They are the 28 - 85mm f3.5-f4.5 (the one with the macro at the 28mm end) and the 70 -210mm f4. Both are still in excellent conditionand are still giving me good results on the 7000. Can anyone shed some light on what I could expect from the 7d with these lenses. Could I see perhaps an increase in AF speed ? What about flash metering using the 3600 or 5600 with the 28-85mm. Bottom line, are these lenses worth using with this new dslr ordo I have to go shopping for upgraded lenses in this range as well. I appreciate your replys.
( I do understand what the 1.5x will do to the range of these lenses)


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Old Dec 3, 2004, 1:03 PM   #5
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The AF motor on the Minolta is on the body (like the Nikon's), and the mechanical technology have improved quite a lot since your 7000 (several generations ago)... Since the lenses are passive (the camera is doing the AF) and coupled to the camera body with a flathead screwdriver -> you should expect some improvement in AF

The AF sensors also have improved quite a bit and the 7D has high-precision @ f/2.8; but it won't do you any good here since most of your lenses are smaller than f/3.5:
http://konicaminolta.com/products/co...x7/ope01b.html



Note: Some new SSM Minolta lenses are ultrasonic so theses lenses are much faster as well as totally silent because the drives are in the lens (like the Canon's USM and Nikon's AF-s)
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Old Dec 6, 2004, 10:47 AM   #6
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The AF sensors also have improved quite a bit and the 7D has high-precision @ f/2.8
Sorry, but only the film version of the 7 has double AF sensors (high-precision for fast lenses + normal sensors for slower lenses) in the middle.

The 7D looks like it's film sibling, but it's mechanical parts, such as the shutter and AF mechanisms, seem to come from lower models (5xx or 60). Remember A2 -> 200? KM is now run by marketroids :-(


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