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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 12:27
I started shoting with my fathers Pentax Spotmatic and first camera I bought was a secondhand Nikon F3, When it was time for digital i got the
Minolta 7i and after that the A2, got a 5600HSD to the A2. Looked at the KM7D at the time but it was way to expensive for me.
When the KM5D came i got one, and joined dyxum at the same time
After that KM7D, a700 and now a900
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote glassesofwater Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 12:56
My first SLR was an a290, which now belongs to my girlfriend. At first, I only knew Minolta from that Toyota 88 Minolta race car. When I went after my first DSLR, I was after a Canon Rebel, and when I saw the 290 was cheaper and had more features, I had to go with it. My only regret is the lack of lenses for Sony here in Brazil, but I overcame this - it is hard to find them, but it isn't a big problem at all (albeit, when I start to think, today I would have a 5D maybe with some white lens, whatever, that is no fun at all). What drew me in was image stabilization, really. Now that I am into the mount, I see that I made a wise choice - there is lots of stuff that I wish to own someday and as far as I can see, my style of photography is evolving towards a direction that is one of the strong points of my camera (mainly urban landscapes). Noiseless at ISO 12,000 is way too overrated - I can take incredible images in ISO 50!

When I got to know the Minolta legacy, I really came to a conclusion - Sony and Minolta have an unique mindset developed towards innovation, and that is an admirable quality in a market dominated by conservative users that refuse to move foward from what they have been given (this is beyond the usual OVF x EVF discussion).

Nonetheless, I like to maintain the spirit of minority - I am always different in my tastes.
My favourite guitars are the Fender Telecaster and the Fender Jaguar, while most people like Les Pauls and Stratocasters. People like Marshall or Fender amplifiers - I use a Hiwatt. Distortion pedals? People only like Boss, Marshall or the Ibanez Tubescreamer. Me? I use and love my Danelectro Daddy-O - nobody I know uses Danelectro stompboxes.
Computers? I like AMD and ATI. Pepsi is better than Coke and my favourite camera brand is Minolta - as I said, I am a minority person.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nitrosyl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 13:02
My 1st DSLR was the Sony A200, purchased back in 2008. I upgraded to an A700 and subsequently an A850 which I still enjoy using immensely. I have briefly owned a few Maxxum 7000 but no other Minolta/KM produced cameras.

However I had the opportunities to try out quite some Minolta legacy lenses and they did not disappoint! Alongside the relatively newly produced Sony Alpha lenses, I still own a good number of the Maxxum glasses and they satisfy my needs just fine.
FS: Sony 16/2.8 Fisheye, Minolta 28-135/4-4.5
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Maccroft Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 13:20
Minolta 500si back in 1996, then later to 700si, then Dynax 9 and onto KM5D, A100 and now A580.

Sold a few of my lenses a few years ago when funds were tight.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rusty Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 13:28
My first was a Sony a200, bought it because it was on sale back in may 2008. It was a close call between this and a Pentax k200d.

Like nitrosyl, I upgraded to an a700 in 2009, and then to an a850 in 2011. In between the digital bodies, I acquired a few film ones, a few Minolta 7000's, a Maxxum 5, plus a few MF bodies from various manufacturers.
a850 | MinO 35-70/4 | MinO 28-85 | MinO 100/2.8 Macro | Tamron 70-300USD
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Post Options Post Options   Quote harrym7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 13:35
First SLR was the Dynax 7 with a couple of lenses, while on a long period business stay abroad, so I needed something to take good photos.
I then moved on to a700, and am now considering going to a99 before Xmas.
Dynax7 | α700+VG | α99+VG || 8/3.5S | m20,24,28/2.8 | m50/1.7 | m50/2.8M | t90M | km17-35/2.8-4 | s24-70/2.8 | m24-105/3.5-4.5 | s70-200/2.8 | m70-210/4 | s135-400/4.5-5.6 | m500/8
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote smcabbott Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 13:41
My first SLR (a-mount or otherwise) was a Minolta 450si that I got way back in 1995. Used it for about 11 years until I got a KM5D. Used that for 3 years and then got my a900, which I've now had for about 3 years. All of my lenses except one (70-400G) are Minolta. I've tried other brands over the years but never had reason/desire to switch. For now I'm perfectly happy with my a900 and Minolta glass.

Oops, forgot about the Sigma 12-24 I got earlier this year. So the 70-400G is not the only non-Minolta lens.      Also, over the years I've added several additional Minolta film bodies (both MF and AF) to the mix.

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a900 NEX5 a7R 12-24 16/2.8 20/2.8 20-35 24-50/4 28/2.8 28-70/2.8G 28-135 35/1.4 50/1.2 50/1.4 50/2.8 70-210/4 70-400G 80-200/2.8G 85/1.4G 100/2.8 100-400 135/2.8 500
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My first SLR was a Minolta Dynax 5, bought for my 21st birthday present in 2002. I picked it over the equivalent Canon and Nikon models due to a mighty 3fps continuous shooting mode (compared to 1fps for the others!).

Next up was an upgrade to a 2nd hand Dynax 9, which cost about the same amount due to the arrival of digital! He still lives in my camera bag although I admit doesn't see the light of day that often.

First DSLR was (of course) the KM 7d, a long while after it was released I seem to remember, which was amazing (free photos!) and frustrating (flash exposures and AF) in equal measure. In fact, I tried 3 of these as the first two both died within a few days of getting them.

And finally, once the 3rd 7d died a slow death, an upgrade to the a700 in January 2009. I'm really not looking forward to that one dying as I'm then faced with the tricky choice of EVF, significant Sony downgrade, old 2nd hand bodies or switching brands, none of which appeal at the moment!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote spada Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 13:43
My first was a Sony a200 bought from Circuit City in late 2008 for 20% off because they were going out of business. I had a Konica Minolta a200 at the time.

Since then, in order.... a700(sold), a850(sold), a55(sold), a700, a77 (lost in divorce), a33, a850 with a maxxum 7000, dynax 7 and maxxum 5 somewhere in between.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 5thElefant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 14:02
My first slr was a Canon, then I had a couple of digital bridge camers: Minolta z1, Konica Minolta a200 and then... Sony a200
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Remko Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 14:42
My first A-mount was a Minolta Dynax 700si, which I started to use in 2004/5.
Though my Minolta history started already in early 1980's when starting SLR, using a Minolta XE-1 together with a Tokina 28-85/3.5-4.5 & Minolta Rokkor 50-135/3.5. Before I used a Yashica.
After I used Minolta's XD-7 and Minolta's famous X-700.
For A-mount I continued with a KM-5D, A200. Got a Dynax 7. Got a Nex-3. Bought a Sony A77 + LA-EA2 (A-mount for the NEX).
Have a small pile of other bodies lying around: Dynax 5 (gave it away as a present), X-300, X-700, 5000AF, 8000i, 7xi, 9xi... Used a single time for testing features.
Before switching to KM-5D (summer 2006) I used a Minolta 7i for digital.

Main use at the moment: A77, Nex-3, A200/KM-5D, Dynax 7 and X-700.
So, digital & slides.

Minolta / Dynax / Sony Alpha / NEX
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Ends of Places Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 14:50
Uhm....
In every post the first thing i read is "My first slr..." ._.

Soo... I will join in.

My first A-mount and also first slr was the a580 bought it in january this year.
Choosing Sony dslr because after some research on the net, I found out I could use some old Minolta glasses my relatives have.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Shercando Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 14:50
In 1996 I was about to pull the trigger on a Canon Rebel when our local Public Broadcasting Station ran a fundraising auction. There was a brand new Minolta SPxi in the mix of items donated up for bid. I won it paying a little more than its retail value ($425.00) forgoing the Rebel that I researched carefully for months through Peterson's Photographic magazine. I didn't have the internet learned very well with my Web-TV so resources were just not as they are today. I was delighted anyway just for the thrill of winning and doing some good for our PBS TV station.too. I also won a TV set and something else as I got caught up in the bidding. Oh well By sheer luck --or the lack of it. I found out weeks after that the SPxi was hardly a match for the Rebel but I am glad it evolved to what we have today.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote luckyduckie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 December 2012 at 14:59
A100 in March 2007. A700 in 2008. A99 in 2012 (finally happy with the AF!)

If not for Dyxum, I would be shooting Canikon since that's what I used in the days of film.
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