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Old Jul 19, 2006, 10:39 AM   #1
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I have an assortment of lenses for the Monolta Max 7000 so I want to stay with KM
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Old Jul 19, 2006, 10:50 AM   #2
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You had better hurry as the supply of available inventory is declining rapidly. www.walmart.com still has a few 7D's and isolated Best Buy and Circuit City store ocassionally has just one or two. But they are going fast.

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Most stores (as well as the major distributors) have been out for a while now.

The best deal left is probably the 7D at Wal-Mart (apparently, they bought some of Konica Minolta's remaining stock). But, I suspect that supplies are running pretty low, since it's not even showing up in their search engine anymore. Here's the link:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4898002

You might be able to find a 5D at a local Circuit City store (but, the online stores have been out for a long time).

Once Wal-Mart runs out of the 7D, your best bet is probably Adorama. They've got the 7D body for $729 (higher than Wal-Mart wants for the 7D with an 18-70mm lens) while supplies last.

http://www.adorama.com/IMN7D.html?se...&item_no=4

The new Sony Alpha 100 will start shipping this month (it's already shipping in some regions now), and it will also be able to use your lenses. It will be $899 for the body only, or $999 for a kit with an 18-70mm lens.

Steve has a preview of it here:

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

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Jim do these cameras come with memory cards or does one hae to order that also.

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Sorry, no memory card included.

Some manufacturers include a small "starter" card. But, they're really not useful for anything much (too small to store many photos on).

If you want to see how memory cards compare from a write speed perspective, check out the CompactFlash Card database at dyxum. Here are tests from 7D owners (faster cards at top).

http://www.dyxum.com/reviews/cfcard/index.asp?cam=7D

You really can't go by a card's rated speed, as the way a camera interfaces to a card will impact performance.

Unless you fill up the buffer (fast internal memory), as you would shooting sports in continuous mode (or shooting in raw), then you may not care about the card's speed.

But, from my perspective, there is not a huge cost difference between slow and fast cards. You can also find some pretty good deals from time to time. I recently got some Lexar 1GB 40x CompactFlash cards for only $19.95 including free ground shipping from outpost.com.

I'd prefer larger and faster cards. But, it was such a good deal, I didn't want to pass it up.


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