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Your First A-Mount Camera

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    Posted: 05 December 2012 at 10:31
If we'd asked this question back in 2006 I bet a huge majority would have answered Minolta or Konica-Minolta.

6 years on, how have things evolved? When Sony picked up the moribund mount they had to appeal to that small but loyal base of Minolta users, and at the same time build, build, build a new user-base of "Sony Natives".

Where do you fall? When did you first get involved in the mount? What were your reasons? And if you're a "Sony Native", was the Minolta heritage important to you?

We'd love to see your answers in poll form as well as a little history of your relationship to the mount in the thread itself. I'll start:

I bought my first SLR of any sort in 2008. It was a Sony alpha200. I chose it because the guy at the electronics store said "you can have access to more lenses with this camera because you can use all the old Minolta lenses of the last 25 years." I knew nothing about cameras but it sounded like a compelling argument. Plus the kit zoom went all the way out to 70mm instead of 55 for Canon and Nikon. 4.5 years and tens of thousands of images later (I retired the alpha200 in 2009 the day the 850 became available) I'm happy with the choice I made; I wouldn't, in fact, have it any other way...
 



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My first A-mount was the Minolta 9000 (still have it). I bought it in December 1987, in fact almost exactly 25 years ago!
I was a Pentax (MX) shooter before that but when Minolta introduced AF with the 7000 and the 9000 I jumped ship. I have been a happy 9 shooter ever since. But with the A99 I'm hesitating!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Anita Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 10:42
A100, I sold it to a co-worker about two years ago.
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KM 5D, bought in Jan 2006.

My father had a KM 7D, so I thought it was useful to be able to exchange lenses.
I was also easily won over as at that time it was the only brand which had in-body image stabilization, which I think was a great feature. At that time lenses with in-lens stabilization were both rare and expensive.
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A100 in 2006.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Manix Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 11:08
I've used Praktica in 80"s . later I've always wanted something small and fast like Minolta... In 2002 I've bought Dynax 3 and I was a very happy camper with it for a while until I've started craving for "something digital". Well , it wasn't till 2008 when I got myself a200 and another one for my ex gf. For a last year and a half I am in heaven with a900 , but i must say that 99 is looking damn sexy... ( it is all Dyxum's fault !)
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Bought a Minolta 7000i back in 1988 just after my first couple of proper paychecks.
Picked up a 700si and an 800si 2nd hand in later years.
Then there was the long wait for Minolta to go digital; Canon and Nikon were already selling DSLRs and everyone was jumping ship. I took the gamble instead and picked up a whole load of lenses very cheaply on ebay And was rewarded with the Konica-Minolta 7d later (and SSS with all my lenses ) and then Sony ever since culminating in my A900 which I love.
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A100 in 2006! Before that: Minolta XGM (MF)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote N_Raged Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 11:50
My dad bought a brand new Maxxum 7000i in the late 80's to photograph the family and childhood. And that camera has been part of the family ever since.

Today that 7000i is overshadowed by my own personal Maxxum 7 film body, my Sony a700 I bought in the summer of 2008, and my a55 I bought when it first came out.

I dream for a fullframe digital body someday, but the pricepoint is still too high right now (a99).

I never see myself changing systems just because a new body doesn't meet my expectations. People who do that waste so much energy.
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Had a SRT-101 since 1976, bought a 404si in 1999 (I think).
5D in 2007, 7D in 2012.
Have acquired various other stuff along the way, including an SRT Super, a 500si, (for the lenses), a 110 Zoom SLR and various non-SLR Minoltas, more Rokkor and AF lenses.
My only Sony item is a flash.
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In 2006 - KM 5D
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Another A100 starter in dec 2007. It was my first SLR/DSLR. I chose it because at the time the price was better than the competition and I liked the idea of in-body anti shake.

Something in me always made me go for the underdog, not just in camera brands either.

The A100 led to the A700 in Spring 2009 then a dabble in SLT with the A55 in summer 2011. I missed the extra controls of the A700 so when the A77 came out, it was an easy choice! I also briefly owned an a57 (bought for my brother at the jacobs clearout but he changed his mind) That was nice too but had to go to fund the A99 purchase. Even the A77 is on the way out my door soon - I can't justify holding a backup DSLR/SLT as a mere hobby shooter.

I finally succumbed to the FF temptation with the A99 in October. I almost went for a second had 850 but deep down I knew I'd miss the EVF.

I've had a mixture of sony, sigma, tamron and minolta lenses some have come and gone but I've enjoyed them all.

This does seem like an expensive hobby, but as I said to my wife... It's still cheaper than motorbikes (my old passion!) and not so dangerous!
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Film 505si in the late 90s (sold), film Dynax 7 a couple of years later (still have it), 7D in 2006 (purchased used, still have it), A700 in 2011 (purchased used, still have it), A77 just arrived (purchased also used). Between the Dynax 7 and the 7D I went digital with the Dimage A1, first waiting for the Minolta DSLR and then waiting for the prices to drop.
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Sony A100 in December 2006.
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