Superb 35mm film SLR

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gohunter's review of Minolta Dynax 700si

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“Superb 35mm film SLR”

Written on: 26/08/2021 by gohunter (1 review written)

I have owned several Minolta 700si and 800si cameras since the 1990's. Overall, I prefer the 700si as the 800si is a little more bulky. The autofocus, although primitive by todays standards is fast and accurate and the exposure via the 14 segment metering is also accurate. As a keen amateur photographer since the 70s and now semi-professional, I have used a wide range of cameras from Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Pentax, etc The 700si is IMHO one of the very best film cameras in terms of handling, performance and ease of use. If you are simply doing some casual snaps, then you can simply choose the P (Program) setting and know that it will give you great results. It will even analyse the subject using the focus sensors and decide whether it is a landscape, portrait, etc. and use the appropriate aperture, shutter speed, focus point, etc. With a top shutter speed of 1/8000, at which it can also sync flash with the correct flashgun, it is an amazing piece of kit for its time. The 5400HS flash gives you the high speed sync and is powerful.

Of course, for more serious photography, you can have full control using aperture priority, shutter priority or full manual. There is also a Program shift option to use the program mode, but vary the shutter or aperture as needed.

These days, I don't use my 700si anywhere near as often as I should. The same goes for my OM4Ti, as I mostly use my digital kit, but I really must make the effort and use them more often.

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