I have been a Minolta user for years and currently have a
Minolta Dynax/Maxum 7 film camera, which I love. Also have a range of lenses, including a Minolta 70-200mm SSM lens, and a 5600 HS D flash. I travel a lot and am finding it increasingly difficult (because of security issues) to get my film home without it being exposed to multiple xrays. I prefer to use the lab of my choice at home, for developing. Recently I bought a Minolta A200 as an entry level digital camera, which I will take on my next overseas trip. I understand K-M are bringing out a range of new digital cameras soon, but not at the top end of the range. My dilemma is: do I buy the K-M D SLR now or wait? I wonder about quality issues and features on subsequent top end models due to market positioning. Currently K-Ms D SLR is quite expensive. I still love using film, but recognize the inevitability of digital. Any comments or suggestions will be appreciated.
Well, that 70-200 SSM lens is pretty rare and hard to find (even new). You are one lucky person
I'm an old Minolta user myself but I have migrated to digital a few years ago. I have worked with Olympus e-20, canon 10D and 300D, Minolta A2 and now I finally have KM 7D.
This is most likely a very subjective statement, but 7D is one fantastic tool. Little has changed from my film dynax 7 and IMHO 7D is the best way to migrate from film to digital. I love my photographic equipment but 7D is a special case. I was afraid that KM will not be able to produce one reliable and competitive camera but 7D is far above my expectation.
The main downside is the fact that 7D is underrated by most popular websites (even Michael has not found worth finishing 7D review with a final production sample) and unfortunately that's the way people has starting to judge cameras.
I'm not sure about your doubts, but if you have any question, just ask it.