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First Minolta was a Maxxum 450si with kit zoom lens. That was replaced by a Maxxum 800si, my last film body. I still have both cameras.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dxqcanada Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 April 2021 at 01:29
I was a long time Canon New F-1 user.
My wife was a Minolta girl. She started with an X-700.
As I was working in Photo Retail, I got her a Maxxum 7000i ... she switched over to AF. I continued to shoot MF with my Canon.
Eventually we realized that digital is the way to go, so I sold off all my Canon gear and switched to A-mount ... hmm, she got to keep all her stuff ... and I got a Minolta Maxxum 9000 for film (I prefer a manual advance lever) and we both got the Sony A100.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote edom31 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 April 2021 at 16:50
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Yes, it is unlikely with several lenses - but Edgar mentioned Sony lenses and that "aperture priority is not so in-tuned with the minolta glass" I assumed it is just the Minolta lenses and not the (newer) Sony lenses. They should work identical.

I tried the metering of my A7r2 against my Canon EOS R and I saw between no and 1/3rd stop difference, with the Sony having longer shutter times in A-mode. Until I realised that my A7r2 is set to +0.3 Ev. So they are identical and if anything, the Sony should be darker.
Like I said, in my experience Sony cameras tend to under expose and this quick test confirmed this. (though the difference could be completely due to the different sensors)


Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Oily blades on all lenses? Doesn't seem that likely - try shots at several apertures, oily blades usually all come out the same (the aperture doesn't close down).

Try dialing a touch of underexposure into the EV compensation - whatever you need to get the image you want.


OK - I learnt something today = when buying used gear - reset all values to factory defaults...

SO, based on your comments I was about to do a test with 5 lenses (2 sony 3 minoltas).

I set the camera to A, and before shooting I checked the exposure compensation.... IT WAS AT +2 = hence my over exposures at aperture-priority....

Problem solved!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 April 2021 at 09:32

I expected you checked this kind of stuff. Now this is solved, pictures?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote edom31 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 April 2021 at 14:26
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:


I expected you checked this kind of stuff. Now this is solved, pictures?


Yep, I felt like a dud right then and there, but alleviated as my camera works well! I really enjoy shooting this camera, a little too much mind you.

Pictures - Yes; they're being peppered around the forums - I am new here so do not know much of the modalities of posting shots... Getting the hang of it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Idleidolidyll Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 June 2021 at 22:44
My first A mount was my Minolta Alpha 7. Because I already had that camera when digital finally arrived in quality in the form of the Sony A900, I bought the A900 and, now that's replaced with the A7R series, I use the LA-EA4 adapter so I can still use the Minolta and Sony Zeiss lenses I already own
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote MinoltaMad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 August 2021 at 15:41
Nostalgia.....Minolta Dynax 500si super then 800si.....first digital was Sony a100. The 500si was a gift which started me in the system. Still have the 800si and it still goes
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Franq Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 August 2021 at 16:44
Ah, I forgot I got a SPxi with lens as a gift. Don't think I have use for a point and shoot SLR...

Mysteriously, my dead Dynax60 came back to life, some time after I put in new batteries. Beats me. Anyway, testing it now.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nurWolfgang Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 November 2021 at 16:39
My first camera was an Agfa isolette the old camera of my father, my first mirror reflex was a Minolta SRT 101b still have and use lens 50 mm F1,7 time by time, the first A Mount a Minolta dynax 7
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 November 2021 at 17:43
Dynax 7 is an interesting camera to start your A-mount career with. Most people start with an entry level camera.

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I started with a Minolta 7000i in the 80's
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Mine was a Dynax 500si, plastic build and quite loud, but it took nicely exposed transperancies.
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My first Minolta was a manual XG7. My first A-mount was a Sony A100 but I now also have a Maxxum 5.
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