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★★★★☆

“A very good camera. Quite large for an SLR compared to...”

Written on: 14/07/2007 by RUBBER2405 (8 reviews written)

Good Points
Very good photo quality. Build quality very good. Excellent quality OEM lenses (buy Minolta where you can, they were the best lenses). Fully manual controls or aperture priority.

Bad Points
Difficult to get quality lenses for it now, as people seem to keep hold of them. Particularly the elusive Minolta 24mm ultra wide angle lens, which is rare, but reputed to be one of the best lenses ever made by any manufacturer. It was so good, that Leica supposedly bought it and put their own name on it.

General Comments
A very good camera. Quite large for an SLR compared to say, the Olympus OM10, which is in greater supply.

the Minolta lenses are great. I have bought a 70-210mm Minolta MD lens (fantastic quality for a zoom lens), a sigma 28mm wide angle, which has half stops on it and is very good quality for build and photo quality, and a rubber eye cup.

That lot cost me about £250 about 7-8 years ago. The Minolta lenses are hard to get hold of now, they have been looked after anyway. It has full manual controls which gives it great versatility. The light meter that is built in is very accurate (tested against an Olympus OM10 and a Weston Master 2 Light Meter), when used with the Olympus lenses. My camera is around 23 years old and I am not exaggerating when I say it still looks like brand new, which is a show of its build quality. Highly recommended.