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Old Thursday 2nd August 2007, 00:07   #1
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Minolta Maxxum 5

Hi. I'm Nick. I am new to bird forum so here it goes.

I just bought a Minolta Maxxum 5 wit a 70-300mm lens, a 28-80mm lens and a Quantaray PZ-1 DSZ Flash. I got all this for $50 at a garage sale. I am new to Film photography. I usually shoot with my digital Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7. This is a non SLR but decent quality.

Anyway I was wondering what exactly color slide film is, what the advantages of using this type of film is, and what the best type is to buy. I am mostly into bird photography and was told color slide film would be the best option for quality in my pictures.

Secondly I was wonderiny if the camera and lens I got are suitable for bird Photography, and if anyone has a manuel to this camera that I could use.
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Hello Nick,
First, on behalf of the staff, welcome to the Birdforum.
Hopefully someone here will be able to give you some answers.
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Old Friday 3rd August 2007, 00:14   #3
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Nick I would say you got a bargain. The lenses are a little short for much birding. Lenses are usable should you decide to upgrade to a Sony A100. I think Kodachrome slide is still the best but have no Idea where to purchase it. Also Fuji sells some good film I hear. I still have a 7xi in drawer but do not use it much.

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Old Friday 3rd August 2007, 00:24   #4
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Manual can be found here Nick :
http://ca.konicaminolta.com/support/...x_5_inst_e.pdf
An article on print vs slide film :
http://www.vividlight.com/Articles/216.htm
Kodachrome can be a wee bit "scanner unfriendly" compared to alternatives.
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Old Saturday 4th August 2007, 01:28   #5
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Thank you to normajackson for the helpful information. I appreciate it very much.
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