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Stay with Dynax or change to Eos?

Discussion in 'Sony Chat' started by yorgos, Dec 16, 2001.

  1. yorgos

    yorgos Member

    Hi i've been using a Minolta Dynax 505si for the last 3 years,with a 'crappy' 28-80 lens . I thing it is about time to start byuing a good set of lenses BUT i am also thinging of buying later on a better body.THE THING IS i am not sure if i want to move to Dynax 7 or to Eos 5 or 3 .I want from the new camera to have a fast autofocus ( even in low light situations) , variety in choosing lenses to buy AND to be able to manage bad weather situations like rain.Please help me .Thanks
  2. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    As far as choosing a camera system goes, that is entirely down to whether you prefer the handling of one type over another. Despite what is said, most cameras AF performance is entirely adequate for most people's needs. Only if you have specialised needs will you want something out of the ordinary.

    Minolta like all makers (or nearly all), makes some dud lenses-usually kit ones-but they also produce some very fine optics. The one thing you would definitely get with a switch to canon is silence when focusing! /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif

    I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn. (Picasso)
  3. yorgos

    yorgos Member

    Re: tamron/sigma?

    what if i buy tamron or sigma lenses ?Will i be able to use them in any system?
  4. Canonball

    Canonball Well-Known Member

    Re: tamron/sigma?

    No. Take a look at my reply in the Canon forum.


    PS. There's no need for multiple postings, as we normally read them all anyway, and it gets a bit confusing with two or more threads asking the same question. (And we loonies are easily confused)/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif
  5. RonM

    RonM Alpha Napper

    Re: tamron/sigma?


    As a Minolta owner and user, my advice would be to invest in better lenses for your 505, which is a fine camera and with good glass can provide stunning results. Whatever 'make' of lens you decide upon you can be guaranteed that the lens will function with the all the Dynax/Maxxum range of cameras. As has been intimated by others the better (faster) the lens the faster the AF will work. If you are looking for fast AF then the new Dynax/Maxxum 7 is the beast to go for, the AF is lightning fast even with average lenses, I have a 7 and use it regularly with a Sigma 28 - 300 f 3.5/6.3 and am amazed at the speed and accuracy of the AF (it doesn't 'hunt' especially when compared to my 600Si).
    Also the AF of the 7 is reckoned by Minolta to be the fastest in comparison tests against other makes.

    Hope this is of help
  6. jhill

    jhill Well-Known Member

    Re: tamron/sigma?

    Mind you, the bigger the lens the faster your batterys will deplete.
    I am seriously having to consider getting a grip for my 7.

    Never turn your back on reality-reality has very sharp teeth.
  7. raminolta

    raminolta Member

    Dynax 7 is not a built to serve in harsh condition like rain if you mind this. It is how ever one of the best cameras available now (and definitely my choice as it was) as with features not found in any other camera and features not found in EOS3 or 5 like data saving which i have found it a very useful and effective tool in learning and correcting mistakes. It has very fast and acceptably quiet AF with 4fps motor drive which is more than enough for me. Excellent metering and flash metering systems. Based on my side-by-side comparisons with EOS1nRS and EOS50, i found maxxum7's AF better in low light than canon.
    I do not mean it is the best choice for you. This depends on your subjectives. If you want to have IS lenses and can afford their higher prices, then Canon is the way to go.
    EOS5 is rather an old model and i don't see any point to go for it unless budget is limited or the camera quietness is of first priority. Then EOS30 may be even better than EOS5.
    EOS 3 is how ever a good choice because it has a weather proof body. The only problem with it is
    that it is an aloud camera so what's the point with having silient AF while the camera itself is noisy.
    In minolta line there is Dynax 9 which is a die-hard all metal body: weather proof and built like a tank. In Canada where i live it is at the same price as EOS 3 and then it will be my choice if the body ruggedness is my priority.
    One thing specially cinvinced me to go for Dynax 7 is its control lay-out which i have found fantastic: The camera is very quick and intuitive to operate. Much better than EOS cameras in my opinion ( i have had been using EOS cameras for more than 7 years untill i got frustrated with their
    slow interface design and found out that there are much better cameras in the market in this regard).

    So it is up to you which one of these suits you most depending on what you care more in a camera.
  8. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    EOS-3 is a noisy camera, but then again Canon AF is silent, unlike Minolta or Nikon non AF-S lenses.

    As said-your choice!

    I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn. (Picasso)
  9. openkast

    openkast Active Member

    One reason to maybe choose Canon over Minolta is
    that you have a system upgrade path to digital.

  10. raminolta

    raminolta Member

    I do think Minolta will come with an interchangeable digital SLR soon (or they are gonna die foreever!) as there are rumors about it.
    Recently some officials from Minolta announced that they are going to shut down their APS section and devote all its resources and reseach groups to digital cameras section to enhance their speed in this area..
    RIght now there are Dimage 5 and 7 which use minota accesories though they are not lens interchangeable.
  11. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Well if they do, AND DO IT AT A REASONABLE PRICE, they will be the first of the "big five" to "break ranks" and produce such a camera. They will then open the digital floodgates and 35mm will rapidly be confined to the history books.

  12. openkast

    openkast Active Member

    Well Minolta did have the RD3000 based on the Vectis S1
    lens system. Probably seemed like a good idea at the time.

    The Dimage 5 and 7 are examples of the pros and cons of
    system digital. Hardly any of the Minolta accessories
    work with them 100% -- eg. flash where there is at least
    one major bug (bounce / zoom on 3600 and 5600) -- poor
    backward compatibility (older Dynax flash units only work
    in manual mode with no TTL) -- and loss of features (wireless
    mode). AF on 35mm SLRs is better under most circumstances
    then the current crop of non-35mm SLR based digital. That
    said these digicams are compact and light and come with
    decent lenses (F2.8 APO 28mm - 200mm on the D7) and some
    interesting options such as electronic viewfinder based
    metering in manual mode.


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