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Old Jul 6, 2006, 11:12 AM   #1
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I am looking into buying a DSLR. I have always owned a Minolta 35mm, first the X-700 and currently the Maxxum 5. I also have an Olympus C-700 Ultra zoom digital for times when I want something a little more compact. I have always sworn by my Minolta 35mms they have never disappointed me. Anyway, I decided to take the plunge and go DSLR. Since I heard that Konica Minolta are no longer in the camera business I am at a loss. I have no idea which way to turn. I shoot a lot of everyday, family pictures. I also shoot action, kids sports as well as Busch/Nascar and NFL on occasion. There are also those summer vacations at the beach. I need a camera that is user friendly. One that I can set to do all the work, or not, depending on my mood. I am looking for the best bang for my buck. I'd like to not go over $1500.00 and that's even a bit high if I can get a great deal for less. Can anyone help me? Thanks!!
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Old Jul 6, 2006, 11:17 AM   #2
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Pentax has a $100 rebate on their *ist DL digital SLR. Buying it online at Beachcamera.com is $411 body only, or $467 with an 18-55mm kit lens. After rebate, you're looking at $311 for the body, or $367 for the kit lens. I don't think you can beat this value.

Pentax also has $50-$100 rebates on their lenses. Note that the rebates are not valid for purchases from Walmart stores. I don't know if that also means Walmart.com.

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Old Jul 6, 2006, 11:32 AM   #3
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I am looking into buying a DSLR. I have always owned a Minolta 35mm, first the X-700 and currently the Maxxum 5. I also have an Olympus C-700 Ultra zoom digital for times when I want something a little more compact. I have always sworn by my Minolta 35mms they have never disappointed me. Anyway, I decided to take the plunge and go DSLR. Since I heard that Konica Minolta are no longer in the camera business I am at a loss. I have no idea which way to turn. I shoot a lot of everyday, family pictures. I also shoot action, kids sports as well as Busch/Nascar and NFL on occasion. There are also those summer vacations at the beach. I need a camera that is user friendly. One that I can set to do all the work, or not, depending on my mood. I am looking for the best bang for my buck. I'd like to not go over $1500.00 and that's even a bit high if I can get a great deal for less. Can anyone help me? Thanks!!
How many Maxxum AF lenses do you have? If you own several lenses, just wait for the Sony version of the Konica Minolta, which will be out shortly. Your other option if you have a lot invested in lenses is to take advantage of the great deals on remaining Maxxum 7Ds and 5Ds
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Old Jul 6, 2006, 11:41 AM   #4
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That is absolutely right. Don't change systems if you already own all those Minolta lenses. Just wait for the A100 or, if you can't wait any longer, start searching to see if there's any of the K-M 5D or 7D bodies left around, getone of those and start using your old lenses.What is particulary great aboutthe5D,7D and the upcomingA100 is that you can use all of those old lenses that one can buy at a bargain price and still get fantastic results.Even better, you already have them stabilized because of the in-camera system. So, my guess is that it would be a mistake for you to throw your hard earned money on a new system and not use you old gear if you have the perfect chance to do it.

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Thanks for your post! I currently have 2 lenses the Minota 28-100 zoom that came with the camera and a Quantary 100-300mm. Do you know when Sony will be putting out this new camera? I did think about purchasing the MK 7D as Walmart has a great deal but was a little skeptical should I have any problems with the camera. Do you have much experience with Sony? Do you think they would produce a good quality DSLR?
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If I were you, I'd go for the 7D. The 10MP in the A100 don't mean that much to me compared to the 6MP of the 7D.

Considering that Sony now have the experience and expertise of Minolta and Konica, I think it's a safe bet that the A100 will be a very good and reliable camera.
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Thanks for your post! I currently have 2 lenses the Minota 28-100 zoom that came with the camera and a Quantary 100-300mm. Do you know when Sony will be putting out this new camera?
It should start shipping this week in Canada, and towards the end of the month in the in the U.S. I don't know about Europe or elsewhere.

Steve's got a preview online now:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_.../alpha100.html

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Thanks for your post! I currently have 2 lenses the Minota 28-100 zoom that came with the camera and a Quantary 100-300mm. Do you know when Sony will be putting out this new camera? I did think about purchasing the MK 7D as Walmart has a great deal but was a little skeptical should I have any problems with the camera. Do you have much experience with Sony? Do you think they would produce a good quality DSLR?
That's not so many lenses that you can't switch to something else, but in all honesty I would still go with a 7D or a new Sony. I went with a KM 7D and didn't have any Minolta AF lenses to start. I do have some old Minolta lenses that I could use as manual focus with a coverter, but have no real desire to do so and that did not influence my decision to go with a 7D..
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