Maxxum 5000 -vs- Maxxum 4

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  1. battletone

    battletone TPF Noob!

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    I have owned a Maxxum 4 for about 5 or 6 years. It was my first and only SLR, prior to going digital.

    Today I picked up a couple lenses for it (50mm 1.7 and 80-200 4.5-5.6), and as a package deal I got a Maxxum 5000, 1800 flash, a L49(?) UV filter, a strap, what looks like 2pc leather cover button thing, and a fairly nice bag that is going to be my main bag for my DSLR now.

    I don't know what they cost, or how it stacked up against the competition back then...and I don't know how "consumer" or "amateur" of a camera this was. Without caring so much for the fact it only has Program and Manual, it seems that it only has one AF point and one metering weight. I don't know how weather resistant it is...if at all.

    My question I guess, given the advances in technology, is my Maxxum 4 better in almost every way?
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The Maxxum 5000 was Minolta's 2nd auto-focus SLR (after the 7000) way
    back in the dawn of 35mm AF SLRs. It was meant as an "entry level" SLR
    of that period. The Maxxum 4 came much later and had many tech advances
    and features over the first generation AF SLRs.

    Technically speaking, the only advantage of the 5000 that I know of is that
    it's available for peanuts now and runs on AAA batteries and is much simpler
    to learn.
     
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    It feels like it is built fairly solid. But after looking at a couple of website sites, I can't find a single thing that it does better than my Maxxum4.

    Oh well. I just wanted the lenses anyways.
     

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