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  1. zarker

    zarker New Member

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    I'm just getting back into photography after a few years break and find I'm kinda stuck with an old film camera: the Minolta 700si, and a large array of lenses.

    I've done a fair bit of window shopping for sony cameras and I cant say that the move to digital is going to be a pleasant one. I know photography is mostly about the quality of the final images, but why do they have to make the viewfinders so small and mean? A huge shock after the large, bright and crisp VFs of film SLRs :( Does anybody understand what I mean?

    I'm guessing the higher end DSLRs would offer higher quality VFs, but are any of them still compatible with the Konica/Minolta lenses?

    I'd be after second hand cameras from ebay rather than a spanking new one, so hopefully I could get an older Minolta mount compatible unit from there.

    Could anybody suggest a possible candidate I should look for?

    Many thanks
     
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    An older digital camera will be worse, if anything. It was the switch from 35mm film to digital that ushered in the cramped, dim viewfinders. Either learn to adapt to these new viewfinders, or just stick with film cameras. Electronic viewfinders can be quite bright in low light, but they bring their own weird problems into play.

    bad news Kelly
     
  3. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Your Minolta lenses should fit any Sony Alpha or SLT body. If you don't have much money to spend the Sony A3000 is a good DSLR that's compatible with your lenses and it's very cheap (compared to the competition). It has great image quality but it's slower than most DSLR's. The next step up is the Sony SLT A37, which is a quicker and better camera than the A3000, but a bit more expensive.
     
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    Thanks for the replies.
    Money isn't too much of a problem, but I feel high image quality is a bit wasted with my photography skills. I'm more interested in the VF quality than anything else. I'm hoping I can get one with Minolta lens compatibility, otherwise I may just have to learn some film development skills.
     
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    Generally speaking the quality of the viewfinder correlates with the sensor size of the DSLR and the size/weight of the camera.

    In order to be fully compatible with your Minolta lenses you'll have to stick with Sony DSLR's.
    The heaviest Sony DSLR's are the A900 and A850. They also have full-frame sensors so they will have probably the largest viewfinder of any Sony DSLR.

    The Sony SLT-a99 is a mirrorless DSLR and is a fairly small camera. Bur it has a full frame sensor so its viewfinder is still probably pretty large. The SLT-A99 comes with a superb electronic viewfinder.
     
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    Thanks for all the help :)
     
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