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Old Aug 20, 2009, 9:46 PM   #1
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Default Should I buy a used Minolta D5- has 1st frame black problem

Hello! I need to upgrade into digital- I shoot artsy shots/seascapes/portraits mostly. I have a chance to get a Maxxum D5 with the 1st frame black problem for $350 with 2 lenses, or should I go for a used Nikon D80 with a 18-105mm lense for $900.
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Old Aug 20, 2009, 10:08 PM   #2
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Two issues here. (1) the Nikon D-80 IMO is a better camera rather than the KM 5D. The 18-105mm lens is an excellent lens that is highly regarded. (2) the price for the D-80 + the lens seems a bit high for used equipment. You might want to check www.KEH.com for a comparison price.

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Hello! I need to upgrade into digital- I shoot artsy shots/seascapes/portraits mostly. I have a chance to get a Maxxum D5 with the 1st frame black problem for $350 with 2 lenses, or should I go for a used Nikon D80 with a 18-105mm lense for $900.
That's a little too high. The d80 can be had for around $500 used and the 18-105 runs about $325 used. Add in shipping and you're only about $50-$60 overpriced. The D80 is definitely the better of the two cameras. Check KEH.com for good used gear.
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I agree with both mtclimber and rjseeney that, while the the D80 and the Nikkor 18-105 are nice, $900 is too high. I will also add that Sony continues to fix the First Frame Black issue free of charge. [ See http://ca.konicaminolta.com/informat...202/01_en.html ]

But $350 for a KM5D with a problem is also a little high. A lot would depend on what the 2 lenses were [ See http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/index.asp ] and what you shoot. From what you say, I presume that you would make good use of lenses ranging from ultra-wide angle to medium telephoto. If the two lenses aren't in that range, and aren't very good at that, then I'd pass on this as well.

If you're prepared to spend $900 on the Nikon kit, why not spend that same $900 on a new dSLR and lens(es) that will do what you want and give you a manufacturers warranty as well?
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