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What DSLR as a step up from my Minolta A1
Hi.

Would appreciate some advice please,.

I currently use a Minolta A1 and love it but would love to step up to a DSLR so I can have more flexibility with lenses..

I have been looking at the Nikon D70 and am considering second hand,I have a budget of about 400-500 ( thats about $1000 USD).

Am I correct in saying I would be able to use my old 35m lenses from my Minolta or will I haveto purchase all new lenses?.

What Camera do you recommend?.

The camera will be used for all sort of shot to holiday snaps to family stuff etc.

Anyone using the A1 in the Essex/Suffolk Area of the UK that wants to have a pupil let me know ..

Comments (14)

Cheers, Gavin,.

You may want to give the Sony Alpha DSLRs a closer look. As Sony took over the DSLR part of KonicaMinolta, ALL Minolta/Konica-Minolta/Sony Alpha and all third party lenses for the "A-Mount" work with ALL current Sony ALPHA DSLRs..

Sigma at PMA 2008 even announced their first HSM in-lens motor-drive AF lenses for the A-Mount. The term "A-Mount" applies to ALL Minolta AF lenses for SLRs since 1985. This is a great example for backwards compatibility, topped AFAIK only by Pentax where all K-Mount lenses can be used with their current DSLRs, even their manual focus ones..

Coming from an A1, you will like the Lifeview implementation on the A300 and A350. Exiting times at the DSLR scene right now..

For more insight, visit your landsman David Kilpatrick athttp://photoclubalpha.com/or drop by at the Sony DSLR forum here on DPreview..

A used nikon D70 is also a good choice, but would not take Minolta lenses.Ralf- too lazy for hosting an online gallery..

Comment #1

Thanks Ralf.

Is this the camera you mean http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonydslra100/page30.asp.

I certainly like the fact I could use my old lenses.

Gavin.

Anyone using the A1 in the Essex/Suffolk Area of the UK that wants to have a pupil let me know ..

Comment #2

The A 100 is just now discontinued, so if you find a new one at a discount (some get it with a kit lens for approx 400 ) that is a steal..

For not much more, there is the new A200 with improved AF speed and a more user friendly interface (though the A 100 was good already):http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08010701sonydslra200.asp.

Sibblings to the new A200 are the new A300 (an A200 with life view) and the A350, also with life view and topping the resolution at 14 MP compared to the 10 MP on A200 and A300:http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08013004sonyalpha300350.asp.

Hands on at dpreview:http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08013003sonyalpha1st.aspat Imaging resource:http://www.imaging-resource.com/MFR1.HTM?view=Sony_reviews.

The current top of the line is the A700:http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Sony/sony_dslra700.asp.

Hope this helps!.

Good nite,Ralf- too lazy for hosting an online gallery..

Comment #3

Thanks again.

As much as I would love the A700 the budget wont stretch to that..

I will have to keep looking at the others ones and try find a shop where I can get hands on..

Gav.

Anyone using the A1 in the Essex/Suffolk Area of the UK that wants to have a pupil let me know ..

Comment #4

Go with the Sony, so you can use your Minolta mount lenses. Buy a model which is just discontinued; the price of those drops considerably. Remember, there will be new models in a year. You can't keep up with it..

Just MHO..

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Comment #5

Gavin King wrote:.

I have been looking at the Nikon D70 and am considering second hand,I have a budget of about 400-500 ( thats about $1000 USD).

Am I correct in saying I would be able to use my old 35m lenses frommy Minolta or will I haveto purchase all new lenses?.

The Minolta A1 that pops up in response to searches is a fixed-lens digital camera with 49mm filter threads, called the Minolta DiMAGE A1. Since you refer to "35mm lenses", I will assume that's not the one you have..

Minolta auto-focus film SLRs use a mount called the A-mount. Minolta auto-focus DSLRs (no longer made) and Sony DSLRs also use that mount. If you have A-mount-type lenses, a Sony A-series DSLR would be able to use them..

Minolta manual-focus film SLRs use a different mount (usually MC or MD). Although there were once MD-to-A mount adapters, it often is not worth bothering unless you have a lot of lenses, or some very unique/expensive lenses..

Nikon, Canon, Olympus, and Pentax DSLRs do not accept either kind of Minolta lens, at least not out of the box, and without adapters...

Comment #6

Thanks Tom.

I had a Minolta Dimage SLR before went digitial and still have the kit for..

Gav.

Tom_N wrote:.

Gavin King wrote:.

I have been looking at the Nikon D70 and am considering second hand,I have a budget of about 400-500 ( thats about $1000 USD).

Am I correct in saying I would be able to use my old 35m lenses frommy Minolta or will I haveto purchase all new lenses?.

The Minolta A1 that pops up in response to searches is a fixed-lensdigital camera with 49mm filter threads, called the Minolta DiMAGEA1. Since you refer to "35mm lenses", I will assume that's not theone you have..

Minolta auto-focus film SLRs use a mount called the A-mount. Minoltaauto-focus DSLRs (no longer made) and Sony DSLRs also use that mount.If you have A-mount-type lenses, a Sony A-series DSLR would be ableto use them..

Minolta manual-focus film SLRs use a different mount (usually MC orMD). Although there were once MD-to-A mount adapters, it often isnot worth bothering unless you have a lot of lenses, or some veryunique/expensive lenses..

Nikon, Canon, Olympus, and Pentax DSLRs do not accept either kind ofMinolta lens, at least not out of the box, and without adapters..

Anyone using the A1 in the Essex/Suffolk Area of the UK that wants to have a pupil let me know ..

Comment #7

You just mentioned, did it have detacheable Autofocus lens - and a flipping mirror?.

No offense meant please, but from my limited memory of Minolta cameras, the Dimage line was already digital and had no detacheable lenses. You may have add-on lenses that had to be put on top of the fixed mounted lens?.

Just to make sure we are on the same hymn sheet here....if you want please specify the data of the lens you still have to give you further hints..

I hope this helps and does not cause confusion....Ralf- too lazy for hosting an online gallery..

Comment #8

The Minolta DiMage A1 could take some converters that attached like filters e.g., the "Minolta ACT-100 Telephoto lens" (a 1.5x teleconverter)..

Those wouldn't mount directly on any camera body. They might work on the front of a lens with a 49mm filter thread (depending on focal length), but the optical quality and convenience of such a setup would likely suffer...

Comment #9

The Minolta P&S digitals were Dimage - I had an A1. The film line was Dynax (or maxxum in the States I think). I guess Gavin you had a film Dynax and latterly the A1 Dimage..

I'd echo the previous advice about going for a just replaced/soon to be replaced model first time out. More than enough to get going and you'll have more cash for lenses (which wont be out-dated in a years time)..

I went Dynax 7, Dimage A1, KM 7D and having gone to Canon subsequently, still admire the Minolta/Sony colours. Go for the A100 and upgrade next year would be my advice..

Terryhttp://www.pbase.com/tkclarke..

Comment #10

I recently upgraded from a KM A200, went for the Samsung GX10 (very impressed so far) as I didn't have any 35mm lenses to consider..

One thing to note is that Live View on the DSLRs is currently more limited than that on the A1 & won't provide quite the same capabilities, I guess this isn't one of your main considerations however.

Simon.

Http://www.landscapephotographyuk.com/.

North Wales photographs - Snowdonia & Anglesey..

Comment #11

I went from an A1 to a Nikon D40x, few disadvantages, at first I missed the anti shake and realy had to try to hold it still, also the live view and moveable screen, however it's the same size, fits the same third party case so it's not a big change, love the view finder and image quality after a month or so finding it a little strange..

So my advice, as seams usual in these forums, is do as I did. I think this is because the new entry DSLR from Nikon and Canon are so good few are disapointed,.

Richard H..

Comment #12

All of these will use any Minolta Autofocus lens ever made, and all have stabilization built into the camera body (so that all of your lenses benefit, including bright primes, budget zooms, pro quality lenses, macro lenses, etc.). All of them..

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Comment #13

I went from A1 to Pentax K10D. Really seamless transition. I'd say they handle very closely in a lot of ways (except a bit bigger and heavier)..

Don't know about UK but in the States a K10D goes for about $610 before a rebate. That's quite a value..

You also might look at a Pentax K100D..

Pentax has a nice set of small pancake primes lenses (21, 40, & 70) and about every old lens they have ever made can work on it. Recently they have expanded their zoom offerings and announced future lens offerings. Third parties (Tamron, Sigma) are releasing more lenses in Pentax mount (finally)..

You can get set up quite a bit cheaper than with some other brands..

In December Sony fixed my A1 CCD for free. How about yours?..

Comment #14

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