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Hello.........Anyone there?

Discussion in 'Sony Chat' started by Canonball, Jun 15, 2001.

  1. raminolta

    raminolta Member

    Minolta is working on IS lenses, and there are rumrs that they will come with them next year.
    They have patented a new built-in-lens AF system apparantly called "Linear Drive".
  2. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    ...is that like "Warp Drive?"
    Big(boldly goes where no man has gone before)Will
  3. Canonball

    Canonball Well-Known Member

    Oh no, not another lens mount. You'd think three would be enough for anybody, wouldn't you?

  4. raminolta

    raminolta Member

    Why necessarily another lens mount?
  5. raminolta

    raminolta Member

    Literally opposite to "Warp Drive", rather "Linear Drive", theoretically not yet decided on whether pulling-pushing or spinning, practically perfectly warped to form a cylinder!
  6. Canonball

    Canonball Well-Known Member

    That just seems to be the way Minolta do things.

  7. Bulldog

    Bulldog Well-Known Member

    just viewed this list for the first time and thought I'd make myself known. started out a few years ago with a dynax 500 and now use 800si with 5400 high speed flash. Like many Minolta users I think this maker has been underestimated for far too long. New products like the dynax 7 are doing a lot to change that :0))<img src="/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif">


  8. RonM

    RonM Alpha Napper


    It's nice to have another apreciator of a fine camera system, as a member of the 'madhouse' here, unfortunately you have to put up with this lot going on about their Naffkons, Crapons and their IS (incredibly supercillious) lenses, and the 'old' codgers with their Leakias mangefinders, but there are some of us who know better!

    Kindest Regards and welcome as a new member of the Rambling Insane Pathetic Nutters institution.

    /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif<font color=blue>Ron (Dynax 7, 600 and 5600 HSD owner) M MRIPN
  9. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder


    I've only got 1 Head Strong Dog but would you like to be a 5601 owner?

    Slimey.&lt;img src="/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif"&gt;
  10. RonM

    RonM Alpha Napper


    LOL Don't know if Smithy would fit in up hear its always wet and cold!, You do know my comments regarding other camera marques are to be taken with a 'pinch of salt', personally I think Minoltas are great, but they and all other cameras are just a tool in the users hands and in some cases superb craftsmans hands, like many others I defend against denigration of my choice of 'tools', I suppose because we all basically beleive that whatever marque we choose it is the best and to be honest I suppose that is essentially true, for me although my cameras have all the bells and whistles going, it is the results that matter.
    I look at images in AP and other mags and am amazed at some of the fantasic images that people have produced, whether they have used a Pentax, Olympus, Lecia, Bronica, Hassleblad, Cannon, Zenit, Nikon the camera and lens didn't 'take' the image the individual with 'vision' did, we all 'harp' on a bit about our camera kit, but you tell me where you get a group of people who have a common interest who don't want to rabbit on about it and take pride in their achievements or ownership of a particular item then they must come from a different plannet.

    Kind Regards to all camera owners whatever the make (except disc ones) Yuck!
    /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif<font color=blue>RonM
  11. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Hello, my name is Krypto from the planet Zorg. We never discuss our cameras. It is considered bad form, but then we also consider the fact that you Earthlings have only one head is bad form. We also think that "putting tool in craftsmans hands" is bad form. You Earthlings are so strange!
  12. RonM

    RonM Alpha Napper


    Get out of here you 'gas fire' hugger you!

    Love ya really
  13. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    Yes your right Ron. When I bought my T.V.R. I went along to the local branch meet. What a sad load of Anoraks, I lasted ten minutes.

    Smith say's thank you, but cold and wet he doesn't do. Smith is a Brittany and I bought him to train to the gun. Trouble is something went wrong, I ended up being trained to pander to his every whim, Oh well thats life.

  14. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Fat lot of use he'd be when you get a "right and left" at that brace of high Mallard which then plummet into the middle of the lake! Suppose you'd have to get your kit off and go swim for them yourself while Smiffy looked on from the bankside! What that dog needs is toughened up. I think you should enroll him on the next Royal Marines survival course. See how he does without his doggey blanket out on the Brecon Beacons in the middle of winter!
    Big(Shape up or ship out!)Will
  15. Brian

    Brian Venerable Elder

    Now you've upset him Will, some of Smith's best friends are Mallards. At the Marina they used to come around the boat every morning and Smith used to end up swimming with them. But as a pointer he is superb, he will point, butterflies, buttercups and biscuits with amazing accuracy. Squirrels frighten him, as does the dark and I love him to death. Marines on the Brecon Beacons, funnily enough he did fall in with a squad of S.A.S there a couple of years ago. They were having a blow and Smith managed to help them out with their rations.

    No, an utter failure as a gun dog, but Oh Will, what a mate. Mind you with my shooting he spent most of the time rollimg on the ground ,laughing.

  16. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Indeed Brian indeed. If only humans were as loyal, faithfull, and trusting as our four legged friends. (Only joking about the Marines Smiffey, you can come out from under the table now!)
    Big(Also likes Mallards....with stuffing and a few roast potatoes)Will
  17. studentsarah

    studentsarah Active Member

    *raises her hand* Hello! I stand up and be counted for I am the proud owner of a minolta x-700...and very pleased with it too! Ok sure, I'm only a student and very much a beginner but everyone has to start somewhere! And I'll always remember my first pictures were taken with a minolta :)

    Sarah Banks

    'You don't need big breasts and a pretty face to be beautiful'
  18. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Sarah, you're not "only" anything!
    The X-700 is a good choice, and will help you learn all you need to know. If any of us can help you we will - just make sure you let us know how you're doing and post plenty of pics in the gallery when you can.

    Nick NRIPN
    Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
  19. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    An absolutely brilliant camera I agree Sarah. I used to own one and regret selling it. Get the motor drive for it and it handles brilliantly and also gives you a vertical shutter release.

  20. philipbowman

    philipbowman Well-Known Member

    Well, although I'm considering changing my sig round, I still use the X700 to keep my hand in. Been building up the Minolta Photo System (the MPS label on the body) too:

    X700 body - good Manual Focus Camera with Manual, Aperture and Program Mode, PC socket,

    360PX Flash - good strong flash, with manual, TTL and even automatic mode so you can use it with anything with a PC socket or similar adapter. Have OC cable to use it off-camera with full TTL.

    Motor Drive 1 - gives a good balance to the camera, adds a side shutter release, and has single-shot, low and high speed settings. Bit noisy though - tried using it once at a cricket match (Eng/Aus, Old Trafford) and I thought the bowler was going to complain...

    Multi-Function Back - Rare. Can select between imprinting or just display of date (multiple formats), time, frame count (useful as my frame counter's broken) or arbitrary number (I use it for film identification). Also allows interval photography (x photos of y duration (or A/P modes) z time apart) with or without imprinting. With the right cable, can even wake up the flash before taking interval photos.

    Got a couple of lenses too (28-85, 50/1.8, 70-300).

    So I think I keep my status as a Minoltie, despite having succumbed to the allure of Canon's Autofocus and near-silent operation...


    Phil Bowman, Watford

    Minolta X700/Canon EOS33

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