Great learning tool and first time real digital camera.
4 October 2013
Summary: The Minolta A2 has a lot going for it even 9 years after its release. It had a list price of $999 US and that should tell you something about the quality. The A2 has many external controls and wont make you hunt in menus for the basics like most modern cameras.
Summary: I have many Minolta cameras and this is one of the best. It has the great lens from 28 to 200mm plus the 8 meg per image ability. Loaded with photo controls for the user and great macro capability. Feels great in the hand and has the added feature of a lithium battery for long charge holding.
Perfect camera in every respect no regrets it's a shame there so few left
3 December 2012
Summary: I purchased the A2 to use as a companion to my A1 I have been trying to get one for two years and this last time I succeded. I find I use this more than any of my other 6 digital cameras and enjoy it more with all of the options available you can be very creative. Excellent purchase very satisfied.
Summary: I agree with those who have posted that this is a terrific camera. For those who want a "studio" camera this is the one to buy. It's a tad heavy compared to other similarly featured cameras, but that's no concern when mounted on a copystand or tripod. The anti shake feature is helpful.
Perfect Camera for experienced photo buffs..Great Value for the money
6 November 2012
Summary: I'm a diehard Minolta fan that started with a SRT101 in the 1970's, progressed up to a XD-11 and decided to sell off my 35MM film cameras in favor of Minolta Digital... Owned one of the first Dimage VII's and wasn't thrilled with it, went to a Dimage Z1,to a Z3 to a Z6 but still wasn't 100%...
The camera for someone who wants the flexiblity of a DSLR without the bulk.
29 February 2012
Summary: This is not a camera for someone who doesn't know their aperture settings from exposure settings to their shutter speeds... Sure you could always keep it set on AUTO and use it as a "point and shoot", but that would be a colossal waste of equipment and potential...
Summary: I bought my A2 in 2004, wanting a digital SLR-like I could grow into.. after owning three 35mm SLRs and 2-35mm rangefinder types. The biggest draw for me is the adjustable eye view finder along with the adjustable LCD screen. Next is the manual zoom.