Minolta Dynax / Maxxum 800si

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ThoughtsAn easy to use camera, able to let a beginner to gradually grow into an amateur. Good metering, reliable in almost all conditions. P button, also know as "Panic Button" is quite a good feature. Because if I'm at manual mode, and want to rely solely on the camera for the fuzzy logic metering, I just need to press the button and almost all things are taken care of. The size is quite a problem. Think its the largest camera in market(with vertical grip) Especially with flash and vertical attached. Dynax 7 seems to be a good substitute. But overall a fantastic camera with sufficient features to let any amateur fiddle with.
 
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ThoughtsCONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SITE.
I HAVE THE 800si WITH VC700 FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS.
I USE THE 28-105/3,5-4,5 AND 80-200/2,8G MINOLTA ALSO.
I USE THE 5400HS AND 3500.
I HAVE USED IT FOR MORE THAN 2500 FILMS.

THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAD WAS WHEN I WORKED WITH THE CAMERA
UNDER VERY HARD CONDITIONS (TAKING PICTURES WHILE BEING ON AN ARMY TANK FOR ONE YEAR).
THE CENTRAL AF-SENSOR WAS MISPLACED AND AS A RESULT IT DID NOT FOCUS WELL.
THE REPAIRS TOOK PLACE IN GERMANY,LASTED ONE MONTH AND COSTED A LOT OF MONEY.
I HAVE NO PROBLEMS SINCE THEN. THE TRUTH IS I AM MORE CAREFUL WHEN I USE IT NOW!!!!
I MEET PROBLEMS ONLY WITH 17METERS FILM WHEN I MIS-CUT THEM!!

I TAKE PICTURES AT WEDDINGS AND OTHER PEACEFUL(!!!!)FESTIVALS.
GENERALY I AM VERY PLEASED ESPECIALLY WHEN I WORK WITH IT UNDER DIFFICULT LIGHT CONDITIONS.
THE WIRELESS FLASH CONTROL HAS PROVED TO BE GOLD!!!
 
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ThoughtsBought my 800si with vertical grip,(Not complete without it) in June 2000, the 500si (Nice camera,) dont know
how i managed so long ,
the 800si gave me the proverbial "Dog with two tails" it improved my picture taking no end for about 2 months
then it gave me many problems, focousing was a joke,no Hi-speed with the 5400 flash, and just about everything else that could go wrong did go wrong
it then locked up in M, wouldnt switch off, then on, then off,
that was the last off so it went back to the camera shop who sent it back to Minolta UK, two weeks later i had it back
one week later MINOLTA had it back, (Same problem)
Two weeks later i had it back,i tried it in the shop same problem,
The shop rang Minolta UK when i was there and they arainged a credit note to the full value that i paid for it,
Guess what? i got now Dynax 7 (Maxxum to you yanks),
Now i have got 7 tails a-wagging, and a Dynax 600si classic as a back-up, i am a semi-pro, moto-cross, presentation, birthday, etc
i have had problems with the 600, it died, after three presentation evenings & one birthday party, eleven rolls of film.
By the way if you are thinking of getting a Dynax 7, lots of lenses (Sigma Tokina etc) wont work with it my Sigma 70-210. 2.8 wont focous, and the 7 "Give up the gost"
so i am on my second 7 as well.
And to cap it all my Minolta 75-300 lens packed up on me, totaly worn out shop got me a new one.
Still with Minolta even after all the problems, pehaps i would-be still arguing with some other company to get the first problem sorted.
i like Minolta because they are so easy to understand & use, like the Hi-speed sync, (crucial with fast moving motor cycles)
 
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ThoughtsVery well specified camera, beats F90X and EOS-5 hands down when it comes to feature vs. cost. But a little behind the times in the AF area compare to F100, EOS-3, etc.
 
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ThoughtsWas going choose EOS 5, F80, F90...suddenly changed my mind and picked this 800si...NEVER REGRET for the decision!
 
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ThoughtsHad my DYNAX 800si nearly two years. Waited patiently for the UK prices to fall and stabilise before purchase. Paid off - got excellent deal with VC700 grip. Demonstrated mine to friend - who immediately arranged to purchase one for himself. I fancy a DYNAX 7 now - will again wait.

One very useful 800si feature not given much mention - the data save facilty to record exposure and lens details of your last nine 36 frame films!

Previous to the 800si, I had to use a notebook to record this information. Over the years, missed recording important data sometimes when taking successive quick frames with my 7000AF or X700/SRT101. That never happens now as the on board data record exposure feature is permanently activated as is the film tip leader after rewind - very, very useful features.

Regarding its other features, it's already been said - so, nuff said!
 
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ThoughtsBought one in July 1998, and loved it, although the 7xi felt nicer, after adding the grip, the 800si was a keeper! Bought my second one in August 1999 (that should tell you something!), both have grips, recommend them highly. Great price, excellent features, FLASH WOW!
 
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ThoughtsThis camera has it all. It's taken me a couple years to really know the camera but now I can safely say it's a keeper. I've used it for portfolios, slide submissions, you name it. Had a grid screen put on both of mine. I've taken a half dozen rolls of full moons at one time, programmed the camera to have the leader out, saved the film in the refridgerator and later reloaded the film for great double exposures. The multiple exposure mode is superb. You can get an infinite number of ME's by reprogramming the number of ME's before the 9th ME exposure. A very creative camera. Every feature I've ever wanted to have in a camera. Although I don't recommend it, I accidentally dropped one of my 800's and watched it roll down a cliff. It was still in excellent working condition. Great camera!
 
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ThoughtsGreat cam, can take a bashing, rain, -20c. Mine had it all and it keeps on going. Excellent view-screen! Oh, about the new 707Si? Minolta will present it on this years Koln Messe Photokina. Some important new features are slightly faster motordrive, finally waterproof construction and.... (it has something to do with AF). Count on it being just as revolutionary as the 7000AF..
 
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ThoughtsExcellent camera! Great features and better handling than a Nikon F100! Not the price. It has some great improvements (AF system) over the 7Xi which is also a very good camera. Don't forget the vertical grip!
 
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ThoughtsHv had it for 2 years. It is constant as the north star. Great metering, autofcous is fast, much better in lowlight than EOS5 and wireless flash is still the most convenient and powerful. Handling is fine once you familiarise yourself with it, and the 3 memory settings are really useful. Not to forget the P reset button, great for a fast grabshot situation!! Small niggles though, camera AF could be quieter, and the buttons behind the door really are too numerous. On the whole though, the best camera at this price point on the market without a doubt. Am looking forward to the new 7 series......
 
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Thoughtswhat a fantastic camera!!!!!!wonderful! wonderful!!been using it for a year now.. love it! love it! minolta should come up w/ minolta 800si-2 or something..w/ diehard construction and like 5fps and maybe mirror lock up?..then i would buy it as soon as i get up tomorrow......maxxum 9 is too ugly for me...don't like the ugly knobs.. i prefer push-buttons like the wonderful 800si!! peace!!
 
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ThoughtsRecently upgrade from minolta 500si to 800si. The feel and handling is excellent!! After using the 800si for 5 days continueously in Lake district UK. Before I bought this camera..the side door with most functions turn me off but now I'm used to the side door..I can now remain my sight on the viewfinder when operating it..great! So its important that you try it rather than reading the comment from others!! The AF is really fast...when i fit my tamron 28-200 on the 800si..the focusing improved..locking everytime even on a very dull and misty day comparing to the 500si. With the 50mm f1.4 and 24-85mm lens its was really really fast...although not as silent as the cannons USM. The 14 segment gave me more success then the 500si's 8 segment metering. Yes the price maybe good but I guess I just have to compromise with the built quality when comparing the Nikons.
 
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ThoughtsEOS owners have played with my 800si and gone very quiet. AF is fast, precise and locks positively. Ergonomics are excellent. Some criticise the way spot metering works until they understand it properly. Three customizable user modes make switching between exposure modes a cinch - without opening the door. More bang for buck than Nikon, better performance than EOS. I sold EOS to go to this Minolta and I would NEVER go back. Awesome camera for the semi-pro through to Pro. Maybe too much camera for a beginner, but superb growing room. If you are in the market for an F90, F100 or high end EOS, you would be stupid not to handle this camera and consider it. To do otherwise, you would SERIOUSLY be curtailing what you get for your money. AF noisy? I challenge you to hear it in operation if you are more than 12-18" away from the camera! Best camera on the market at that price point - without question, or equal.
 
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ThoughtsGood camera, ergonomic, fast AF,excellent metering system, three memory modes allow to personalize it for most situation. Is in competition with the Nikon F100 and Canon EOS 3. Maybe isn't as "pro" oriented like the other two (not big difference anyway) and costs 1/2 their price. A big point scored for Minolta is the "on board" flash.
 
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ThoughtsDecently built camera, though not for professional use. Excellent exposure metering with rather fast AF. The Canon AF seems faster and more accurate (experienced with Canons EOS 5). Unfortunately the more professional features like exposure metering mode and AF mode are hidden behind the "door" in the right hand grip. The vertical grip VC700 is a "must". It improves handling considerably. All in all a very nice camera. Excellent value for money!
 
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ThoughtsVery nice camera, plastic feel but solidly built. Very fast AF speed and high accuracy. Fabulous metering. Exposure modes sometimes useful. Excellent flash possibilities.
 
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ThoughtsAfter four weeks of modarate use, I returned my 800 to Minolta because the autofocus did not work properly. Now everything is working well. I like the the memory feature, which allows instand access to three customized profiles. It is a good substitute for the hidden spot metering buton. I don't like the plastic feeling of the body.
 
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ThoughtsThat's truth beautiful camera. It's easy to use for a beginner and has all PRO features. An important thing is wireless flash system, you can take "studio" photoes anywhere and a camera in PROGRAM mode can do it for you.
 
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Thoughtsawesome camera!! it feels better in my hand than nikon n90s. 800si has more features than n90s, and cheaper. AF is very fast. I wonder who needs faster AF. The only problems with it? AF is little bit noisy and the spot metering button is hidden, That's it. It's more beautiful with vertical grip on, you'll never remove it. oh, and the bult in flash is the bomb.