Summary: i love every thing about this camera and the things you can do with it. i'm still learning how to use it. what i can say is that i used all my lens that i have for all my old 7000 and 7000I cameras and it works great no problem at all. i'm not use to the Compact card since i've also had the small SD cards. had to buy an additonal card reader.
Summary: I love my new (well new to me) camera. It's my first DSLR and performs excellently. I have used similar cameras before such as cannon rebels and a few Nikons this camera is similar to a Nikon d40. I bought this camera because I couldn't afford the Nikon I wanted and I saw a Sony a100 at sears.
Summary: Six months ago I bought a new in box Maxxum 5D and loved it. I am an old 35mm guy and have a Maxxum 7000. All my lenses from the 7000 worked perfectly on the 5D with the added bonus of increased focal length. So my 75 to 300 zoom was about a 112 to 450. I actually like the older lenses better than the new ones. In March my camera bag was stolen out of our car. Insurance paid off and I couldn't believe I found another new in the box 5D.
Summary: Ive been a minolta user for 25+ years, starting with a XG-1. I have to admit I have been praised for quite a few of my pictures. But with a 5D an amature could take great pictures portrait to scenery to action.For the beginer on automatic to someone more advanced playing with the settings. When your playing with the settings, it takes trial and error, having the manual close by is handy.Takes good shots indoors without a flash.
Summary: Statement of bias: The author shoots primarily with a manual-focus Minolta X-700 body, and prefers simple, rugged designs with discrete controls. Details: The Maxxum 5 was the most fully-featured of Minolta's miniaturized, all-new (and final) film SLR chassis. It is the successor of the XTsi, in design philosophy and as hinted by its naming in Japan: Alpha Sweet II (5), and Alpha Sweet (XTsi). It has a top shutter speed of 1/4000th second.