Switching back and forth from the late 70’s/early 80’s technology of the Minolta manual focus cameras to the 90’s technology of the Maxxum 5 is quite an enlightening experience. It’s amazing how much things changed in about a decade. Autofocus, much lighter, better metering. Even the glass of the lenses seems better. I used two lenses on this roll, and I can’t tell the difference between the Sigma 28-90mm and the Minolta 28-80mm in the resulting image quality – yet.
Using a roll of Fuji 200 from the same box I did the initial AE-1 photos, I got much sharper, more saturated images. I did shoot some in program mode, some in Shutter priority, some in aperture priority. Every shot turned out OK. I was even able to hand it to someone else and get a good shot. The indoor shots look almost as good as Portra – I can’t wait to see what Portra and B&W films look like from this camera! It weighs about half of what the Canon or Minolta MF bodies weigh. I can shoot faster. The film auto loads. And I can buy them cheap. 🙂
Using the Maxxum, I fell in love. Even before I saw the results, I just clicked with this camera. It feels right. My wife likes it too. Everyone who has picked it up so far likes this camera. So, when I want a softer, grittier look to my photos or I want more of that “vintage” look, I’ll pick up one of the Manual focus cameras. Or maybe I’ll shoot with the Ikon Contina. But for the foreseeable future, the Maxxum 5 will be my primary camera, especially for travel.