Summary: I own several dslr's and wanted a one that could make use of my Minolta AF lenses which have a reputation for clarity. I also own a Canon 7d which has the resolution for very large poster size photos, this Maxxum 7d has capacity for crystal clear 8"x10" or in a stretch 11"x14" prints. Photos on computer screens are beautiful. I read reviews of this camera before buying a used one at Adorama via Amazon, and the most common defect was a blank starting photo.
Excerpt: A pro grade DSLR and built like a tank with lots of buttons,dials, switches and levers that make it very easy to use. This has features that many cameras still don't have today. Minoltas engineers last hurrah as they have thrown everything into it they could think of. Still a great camera to use in the field or in the studio.
A Find for the AF Minolta Film Camera Fan with Lenses & Accessories
Diane Marie Goldschmidt, Amazon
8 January 2011
Summary: What a find! This camera is beyond belief. It works with all my old AF Minolta lenses from my 7000i film camera and getting it was like getting a whole bag of new toys all over again. The results are incredible! Compared to my 18x Optical Zoom Lumix 10MP the photo quality at 6MP is astounding. Keepers are 99% compared to 10% with other digital cameras.
Excerpt: I got one of these after going digital with the Sony A700 and to keep my film Dynax7 company and fill my Minolta collection. Surprisingly , even though I now own the A700 and A900, I still some times reach for the 7D, probably because it reminds me of a film camera in handling and produces very nice images (I like the colours too). Its just so simple to use, everything at your finger tips.
Summary: I had been using this camera for a few years. Easy to use, clear pictures, a variety of settings. Then all of the sudden the light metering just went out and I began having a lot of problems with washout due to the brightness of the photos. We tried to work on getting it fixed because I enjoyed using it so much and had so many lenses and accessories for it but it was going to be very difficult and expensive (not to mention being without a camera for months) to get it...
Summary: Not too many of these cameras left out there for sale. It was the digital version of the Maxxum 7 film camera. I'm very happy with the pictures it takes, particularly in low light. This is a benefit of the 6mp sensor, which nowadays seems like a low figure, but unless you want to go much larger than 8 by 10 prints, shouldn't be an issue. What I want to warn people about are a couple of problems with the electronics.
Excerpt: I picked up one of the last ones as KM transitioned over to Sony. I got a good discount on it so price was not a factor and have used it for the past 2 years. I also picked up some KM D zoom lenses that were priced nicely from various stores. Previously I shot mostly Nikon SLRs and Sony fixed lens digital cameras. I have shot in the U.S. and overseas and the camera has held up well.
Summary: I've had my Maxxum 7D since September 2006 and can't find enough words to say how i love it! I've had moments when i danced like a kid who just scored a goal after openning up the images on the computer screen!!! This baby reflects every aspect of my personality and helps me bring out my crazy photo ideas.