- Grand Caliph
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UK magazine amateur photographer regular run articles on iconic film cameras but I have yet to see Minolta feature.
It seems also that there is a [crazy] world of camera collectors out there who have no intention of ever using them, but displaying them in cabinets.
- Dr. Harout
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My first Minolta film SLR was a Dynax 5 (for AF mount compatibility) and then earlier this year I went on a spree of manual focus cameras and lenses:
Remarkably affordable lenses, compared to AF mount equivalents.
- Grand Caliph
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9000 -- stolen and replaced, still have replacement. Probably will forever, since it's hardly worth selling any more.
9 (non-SSM) -- still have, not sure why I keep it, except I'm not sure it's really worth selling anymore either.
7Hi -- gave away when I bought:
K/M 7D -- sold when I bought:
Sony A 700 -- all I really use any more.
MD 90 + Program Back Super 90 for 9000
Vertical grips for the 9, 7D and A 700. Always bought along with the camera, and only ever removed very temporarily for cleaning and such.
Various flashes, last used around a decade ago or so (though I still use studio flashes).
Fixed focal length lenses:
MinO 50/2.8 Macro -- sold with 7D
K/M 100/2.8 Macro
K/M 11-18 4.5-5.6
MinO 35-105 -- stolen along with original 9000, replaced with:
Tamron 70-210 3.5 - 4.5 (or something like that). Traded in on:
Minolta 100-300 4.5-5.6 (non APO). Gave to a friend when I bought:
So, I have all but one fixed focal length lens I ever owned, but half the zooms have disappeared, and the 70-210 is liable to go as soon as I get a 200/2.8.
I'm afraid I've done a poor job of supporting Sony's effort to sell lenses -- the whole time I've owned the Sony body, it's never had a Sony lens mounted to it. Worse, there's no end in sight -- my next lens will probably be a 200/2.8. Sony should probably send me a 135/1.8 and a 70-400G for free just to end such a travesty!
Some really kewl collections posted here. Here's my list.
1971- SR-T 100 w/ 50mm 1.7- Sold
1981- SR-T 201- Sold
1986- Tamron 60-300 Macro (World's best Macro, but HEAVY) and 28-80 Macro
1986- X-570- one swimming lesson and one CLA, works fine
2005- Maxxum HTsi and 35-70- My first ever AF...I like it, but...
2005- Maxxum 800si- Sold
2005- Maxxum XTsi- needed repair
2005- Maxxum HTsi Plus- parts donor for XTsi
2007- Maxxum HTsi- Now my wife's "zipcam"- see below
2007- Tamron 28-70 on the HTsi makes incredibly light SLR w/ features
2008- Maxxum 7 OH Yeah!!!
2008- Maxxum XTsi- needs repair- AF module or mirror reset.
2007- Sunpak Auto30DX- One of the best back in the day
2007- Tamron 70-300 Macro and 1.4 TC- disappointing after the MF 60-300
plus assorted flashes and lenses.
What do I reach for most often these days?
Maxxum 7...love the creative choices and how it fits my hand
XTsi...lighter weight yet still can do WL flash
KM 28-100...versatile lens for most uses
KM 50mm 1.7...in case I need a low light solution
Tamron 1.4 TC...for a little stretch without losing too much light
Likely future Minolta?
The Maxxum 70/Dynax 60- Yes, I know its crippled with a slow flash sync and a slow top speed, but better AF than the 3-point XTsi in a lightweight body that is not sized for a child.
Blessing to all,
Middle shelf. NEX 5N, A7 and Minolta 7000i
Bottom shelf. Assorted lenses, flashes and adapters.
Looking forward to adding a few more old Minolta film cameras in there. I'd like an old 7000 in decent condition as it was my first ever SLR back in the late 80's. Quite like to get an X-700 as some point too. One or two of the later Minolta film cameras would be quite interesting to get hold of as well.
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