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Old Dec 8, 2007, 5:14 PM   #1
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:?Okay, first of all, don't laugh!!! I have a 20 year old non-digital Minolta Maxxum 7000 35mm camera that has taken lots of great pictures over the years (lots of years). I also have a 35-70 Minolta lens and a Sigma 75-200mm. This camera and these lenses took good shots while my kids were growing up and and in all kind of sports indoors and outdoors as well as dance recitals and plays. I am a novice. The camera and it's auto focus was completely responsible for all the great "family album" shots I took. I'm now ready to move on to a digital camera, but so far I am disappointed. I have used my now grown children's digital cameras (Canon ELPH 6MP and Canon S5) to take pictures of the grandchildren (6months up to 8 years old). If the grandchildren are moving around any or changing expressions, I don't get the shot I was after. I have no idea if this is shutter lag or ????. Before I buy a digital, I'd really like to have some opinions of which camera would be best for indoor and outdoor pictures of active grandchildren. I am willing and able to learn to use the features necessary, but I'd still enjoy the convenience I had with the auto focus.
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Old Dec 8, 2007, 6:35 PM   #2
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:?Okay, first of all, don't laugh!!! I have a 20 year old non-digital Minolta Maxxum 7000 35mm camera that has taken lots of great pictures over the years (lots of years).
Sony acquired Konica Minolta's camera related assets and has released two DSLR models so far, the Sony DSLR-A100 (a.k.a., Alpha 100), and the Sony DSLR-A700 (a.k.a., Alpha 700)

These models work with lenses designed for Minolta Autofocus Mount (a.k.a., Minolta A-Mount, Maxxum, Dynax, Alpha) Lenses, and you also get stabilization with every lens (thanks to the in body stablization system built into these camera models).

One thing you'll want to be aware of is that lenses will appear to be longer (because these DSLR models use an APS-C size sensor that's smaller than 35mm film, so you'll have a narrower angle of view/more apparent magnification for a given focal length lens).

Just multiply the focal length of a lens by 1.5x to see how they compare. For example, a 100mm lens on a Sony or Konica Minolta DSLR model will give you the same angle of view as a 150mm lens on your Maxxum 7000 (100 x 1.5 = 150)

That's great if you want a longer focal length. But, on the wide end, you may find that some of your lenses start out too long (since you can only back up so far in some conditions). That's why most of the kit lenses you see with most DSLR models start out at around 18mm. For example, the 18-70mm "kit" lens you often see bundled with these DSLR models would give you the same angle of view you'd have using a 27-105mm lens on a 35mm camera.

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