Nikon N75 or Minolta MAXXUM 70DATE?

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  1. wojtek

    wojtek TPF Noob!

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    Hi,
    I want to buy an entry level film SLR ($200-$300 range) I narrowed the choices down to Nikon N75 and Minolta MAXXUM 70DATE. - They sell for almost exactly same price and have very comparable AF/metering etc features (at least I think so -corerect me if I'm wrong) . The Nikon comes with 28-80 f/3.3 lens vs Minolta with 28-100 f/3.5 lens.
    What sets them apart for me is the flash sync capability.

    The Nikon camera flash can be synced to the rear curtain, which is very cool - I can imagine playing around with all sorts of motion blur effects using this feature.
    Minolta doesn't have this feature but it has a High speed sync feature (which I couldnt find any other camera until models which are out of reach for me):
    It will accept a flash lamp (which I wouldn't buy at least for now but possibly in the future) with which you can go up to 1/2000 flash exposure times. - I am not especially interested in photographing bullets etc but - would that be good to have? What could I use this feature for?

    Minolta also has a wireless remote flash capability which Nikon doesn't match...

    What would be your advice?
    Anyone used any/both of these cameras?
    Any other camera in this class you would recommend?

    thanks a lot,
    Wojtek


     
  2. mattvillano

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    I'd go with the Nikon.
     
  3. gecko

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    minolta is a pretty good choice, but im curious have u considered anything from the pentax line?
     
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    i've been using an F/N80 for just over a year and i love it! its a slight step up from the 75 as u don't have pre-programmed shooting modes like sports, portrait etc. however u need to understand apertures and shutter speeds to use it effectively and im sure u do! plus u can put a vertical grip on it and it looks much better! if u have $200-300 i would get a used N80. i got mine in mint condition for £200 (about $280) body only.

    you can also buy a hot shoe adapter for wireless flash use for about $10.
     
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    yeah go with an N80 if you have a little extra money.....i have an N75 and its a great camera.....the only thing that bothers me is that for some reason Nikon didn't include a manual ISO on the N75's.....the N80's have manual ISO.....which comes in handy if you ever want to get creative and have any real control over your images.....
     

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