Minolta Dynax / Maxxum 600si

Author: Maciek, normal AmateurDate: Mon, Oct 3, '05 at 18:38 CEST
ProGreat camera. Very comfortable, intuitive and easy to use. It has everything I need in SLR camera, and does not have useless functions (like tematic programs etc.). Has spot metering - the feature I use the most.
Works great with cheap, good M42 lens (using mount converter).
ContraAboout the cons, I could say that it has slow, poor AF, it can't set focus properly in many situations, although I anyway prefer to set focus manualy (I almost always have my 600si set to manual focus and exposure setting and spot metering (because it gives best control over exposure if you know what you are doing)).

Can't be set to rewind films leaving the end of the film outside the cassete, so if you process films yoursef you'll have to pull the end out each time. I use two pieces of old film for it, but a tool for pulling films out can be bought, so it's not really a problem.
ThoughtsGreat, great, great ! The best camera I ever had. If something bad will happen to it in future, I'll surely buy another 600si.
If you use Dynax 600si for some time, you'll never want other camera.

BTW sorry for my bad English.
 
Author: Karl KantrowitzDate: not recorded
ProA classic in the true sense of the word! Totally user-friendly and utterly dependable. Strong, relatively lightweight, bright viewfinder, right-on meter, functional and logical controls. One can operate this camera perfectly without having to read the instructions. Yet it has some advanced features that only the pro cameras have. Probably the best camera I've ever used for copywork.
ContraShould have had an AA battery option.Wish it accepted regular shoe mounted flashes without an adapter. Wish it had a "silent" mode. Wish it had a wider focus target. Wish the LCD had a built-in light.
ThoughtsThe best buy of all the Maxxum cameras to date. I shot thousands of exposures with mine until it was stolen in Prague. I've used the Maxxum 5 and Maxxum 7, but I still prefer my old 600si classic.
 
Author: John AyresDate: not recorded
ProThe best A/F SLR for the price. I'd rather have this camera than Minolta's 800si. Has most of the features of top model cameras at an amatuer's price. It's the only camera in this price range that I would consider a true "pro" camera.
ContraMinolta dropped it from their lineup.
ThoughtsThe only reason Minolta quit selling this camera is because it was to successful. It cut into the sales of their higher priced models. It was a victim of its own success.
 
Author: dolcettoDate: not recorded
Provery good matrix metering, cleary defined buttons/dials for maximum ease of use, very solid build even with the plastic body, very useful wireless flash function (good on macro or dual light source flah photography). The build-in flash works like magic on most occasions.
Contrano backlight on the LCD or on dials, so make it rather difficult to select program mode at total darkness, average AF speed compare to the USM on my Canon 50 (Elan II), lack of IR aux light on low light focusing
ThoughtsGreat camera, no fuss and easy to use. put Cannon's balanced fill-in flash to shame, you can easily dial to "A" and set the aperture to f8 and still come out with great photos even using the build-in flash.
 
Author: lifephoto.itDate: not recorded
ProClassic disposition of controls. Very confortable to use.
ContraIn our opinion, the really bad point of this camera is the noise when you shoot. In fact seems you use a old and very mechanic camera.
ThoughtsAt last a good camera
 
Author: Peter Blaise MonahonDate: not recorded
ProMinolta re-invented the knob-oriented modern AF 35mm SLR ... and got so many things right, that everyone is now imitating it!
ContraEven Minolta has improved on it somewhat since it's intruduction in 1995, with the Minolta 9 and MInolta 7 (which are much more expensive, by the way), yet, the Minolta 507si, 600si, and 650si camera series still has a character that's 'classic' and hard to beat for simplicity and modern automatic fuzzy-logic computerized features and benefits that actually help the photographer without demanding attention. Hey, this was supposed to be the 'cons' section, and I still can't stop raving about it!. Hmm ...
ThoughtsGo to http://www.geocities.com/minolta507si600si650si/index.html for an introduction, owner's manual, beyond the owner's manual tips and tricks, checkup from the service manual and more, including a discussion group where you can buy/sell/trade and get your questions answered at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/minolta507si600si650si - cool!
 
Author: Worawut P. / ThailanDate: not recorded
ProHigh spec / price ratio , Bright viewfinder , Good handling and ergonomic control ,
Plastic but sturdy , Precise metering , Spot metering , High tech wireless remote flash system ,
Good min X-sync (1/200) , Separate AF mode switch , easy to check status and setting
ContraAF slow and not precise (no Cross sensor) , not easy to shift focus point , Hard M/AF switch button No light on LCD (hard to check in dark place)
ThoughtsI have used this camera for 6 years with 28-105 and 70-210 and still satisfied although some contra points as note above. Now I'm waiting to Dynax 5 which may be perfect for me. Dynax 7 is much more properties I need.
 
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
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ThoughtsNice camera with a very good operation system. But a slow AF and no cross sensor. Great metering system with comparison from 14-zone to spot.
gallium
 
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ThoughtsA very nice easy to use camera with no major problems.
i have a Dynax 7 also, i use the 600 as a back up,
but untill Sigma sort out the lense problem with the 7,
i use the 600 mostly all the time
 
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
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ThoughtsVery easy to operate, quite useful camera with good metering and quite realible AF. It is rather heavy (I like it) and noisy (unfortunately).
 
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ThoughtsGreat metering, fine handling and balance, bright viewfinder, all necessary specs for advanced amateur and maybe even pro shooting. I hv used most of the minolta cameras made in the last dozen years, this is clearly one of my top choices for normal, daily use.
 
Author: unknown (legacy entry)Date: not recorded
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ThoughtsIf a little bulky by todays standards it is a lovely camera to use. There are two small niggles though. Some function buttons and levers are easy to move accidentally and need blue tack to keep them in order. The other slight problem is the timer shutter release you have to remember to reset it. I have wondered so many times why the camera has ceased to function then 15 seconds later the shutter fires.
 
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ThoughtsWhat makes this camera unique is the traditional concept of using separate buttons and dials for the different features. This way it is - at least for me - much easier to use than most other cameras. Also good to use in full manual mode.
 
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ThoughtsExcellent camera! My prefered indeed. Quite complete (you can find a depth of field test button) and easy to use camera. The design is excellent and perhaps better than the 9xi's one because all buttons are visibles and their use is quite obvious for someone who has already used a camera. The view-finder is very bright (brighter than many professionnal cameras). Definitively a good choice for the amateur and good quality/price ratio.
 
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ThoughtsGood camera for my needs.good for static,family,and travel pictures.Easy to use.Very conviniete.the AF is medium.But i loved it, Latly i had problems with it becouse twice two diferent lenses stoked into the mount and i could'nt take it out.It is a big problem now and i'm thinking of replace the camera .
 
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ThoughtsExcellent amateur camera prodcing great image quality when combined with excellent lens. Good build quality and very comprehensive handling. It is best ama-camera with Canon Elan II series which is mainly focus-oriented while this one is static object-oriented (16 honeycomb). It is very recommendable for scenic picture. Minolta also give very good customary lenses with affordable price. As an amateeur photographer, I highly recommend this one.
 
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ThoughtsGreat handling, puts Nikon and Canon control designs to shame. Decent AF, good set of features, wonderful beginner's camera with some pro features.
 
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ThoughtsGreat camera if you like the controls of the Maxxum 9 but can't afford it. Can be had for $300 new at the right stores...