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Old Sep 21, 2005, 1:27 PM   #1
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I'm thinking about upgrading.

I have a Minolta A2 and I appreciate the Anti Shake feature and 8MP. At 8MP it seems like I can crop the daylights out of my shots with very little loss, and AS allows me to reduce noise by shooting at ISO64.

If I upgrade I'm looking for lower noise and faster action (candid people shots).

The KM 5D or 7D look interesting, but will I miss 8MP? Are the 5D and 7D fast enough to catch candid shots?

I've had the Canon XT recommended to me but I think I'll miss the AS and lack of spot meter.

If I go Canon 20D I keep 8MP, then again I'm in the 7D price range, but the 20D doesn't have AS.

I read it's pretty easy to pixel up with Photoshop. So is 6MP going to be an issue?

Will I get the speed I want from the 5D / 7D?

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Old Sep 21, 2005, 1:50 PM   #2
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the difference between 6meg and 8meg is negligible

the 7D shutter response is EXACTLY like a good film SLR

the 7D has the least noise at 200 or 400 iso !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

buy the 7D - you willenjoy the purchase for years to come (i have been using mine in conditions that have destroyed 2 film cameras so far)

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Old Sep 21, 2005, 2:03 PM   #3
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Thanks. Is there a sweet-spot lens for the 7D?

I like the lens range on my A2, so Iwas thinking about a 18-200mm lens (looking for a good all around lens)

The local Minolta dealer feels that Minolta's color is better than most.

I shoot ADOBE RGB, do you shoot Natural?

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I recommend you avoid a "big zoom" type of lens like the 18-200. They tend to autofocus a bit slow due to the smaller apertures they are constrained too, and are bigger and bulkier than most zoom lenses. I think you would be better served by an 18-55 or an 18-70 and a 55-200.

I picked up a 50mm f1.7 lens used (for cheap); it autofocuses real fast and I can get shots in pretty much any light, I love it.

I 100% agree with bernabeu about resolution, but if you want to get some really great results for any landscapes (or anything not moving) try shooting 3 vertical frames and then stitching them to about the same ratio as a normal shot. Three stitched 6mp frames combine to get around 14-15mp at close to a "normal" (4:3) ratio. Of course, what you are shooting will determine if this is an option for you.

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I never thought about stiching shots together!

I swung by our local Minolta dealer and the owner said the same thing about sensor-size vs MP.

She said that the bundled lens that comes with the 7D is usually a cheep lens.

hmmmm Think I'll do more research on that.

I'm searching the web for some Minolta 7D galleries.

Know any?

I think I'm leaning towards the 7D.

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Bill,

I'm also seriously looking into the 7D. I had my heart set on the 5D because of it's size, but the more I read I'm convinced the 7D with the $200 rebate is such a bargain.

Anyway, I came across a review of the 7D on Outbackphoto.com and they had a gallery you might want to check out here:

http://www.outbackphoto.com/reviews/...inolta_7d.html

http://uwe.cameraphile.org/gallery/v...ica_Minolta_7d

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Yes, that rebate is very attractive. My local Minolta Dealer offered me the same price I can geton the internet.

I always try to support local merchants. Walk in support isn't bad either.

That 300mm lens looks interesting. I'm trying to pick a good all around lensto start with.

My A2 has a 200mm lens and I've enjoyed shootingportraits without getting inthe subject's face. Here's some examplesof my work, I think a 200mm or 300mm might be right for me.


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here are my lenses:

28mm f2.8

50mm f1.7

35-70mm f4 macro

80-200mm f2.8 APO

75-300mm f4.5-5.6

AF reflex 500mm f8

If i could only keep two of them:

35-70mm f4 macro

80-200mm f2.8 APO

[zooms in excess of 3x are generally junk (like my 4x 75-300)]
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