I have been looking at getting into some portrait work on the side (my wife runs a scrapbooking business, and I'm basically thinking of ways to help her business) and I have a couple of options for equipment. I have always been a Canon guy, and have a Rebel Ti and a couple of lenses (but nothing really good enough to do portrait work ). I also have an older manual Canon AV-1 with a 50mm f/1.8, 135mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/3.5-4. So, here are my options. Each is roughly the same $-wise, tho #1 will be a little less, probably: 1. Buy a couple of nice lenses for my Canon, ie 135mm f/2.8, 100mm, etc. 2. Buy the Minolta Maxxum 7 + 28-100 and 75-300 lenses I've been drooling over, and use the AV-1 with the 135 f/2.8 as my backup My dilemma lies in wondering if the extra features on the Minolta (flash compensation, mirror lock-up, etc) would be nicer to have than the dedicated portrait lens.