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Holly Marie Spoonley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005

What lens' are must have's for my camera?

I have a Minolta Maxxum QT si. I have only one lens the standard 35mm lens that it came with. I am looking to purchase additional lens, flash, and filters for this camera. I wanted to know if anyone is familiar with this camera and what they enjoy using with this camera. I am looking to get a good zoom. I need an additional flash. I am just curious to see what I can place on my must have list.

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5/14/2006 5:18:00 PM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  hey holly,
seems you are shooting a lot of kids there, might want to get a faster lens for some of those low light a 50mm f1.7..
but a best lens/ depends on what you want to shoot.i do have your camera,and acouple others like it.
if I go to shoot sunsets I take my 28mm and my 70-300mm.walking around town my 28-200 and a 50mm.i don't have a macro lens for shooting good closups.
but maybe get one other lens and a good accessory flash since most of your pics seem to be inside.on camera flash makes your photos look kinda flat.
I guess a must have filter would be a circular polarizer,helps with glare.

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5/14/2006 5:51:41 PM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  check for good used on ebay holly, a lot of people are getting rid of their film equipment espically maxxum doesn't have to be a minolta lens just make sure it's a maxxum mount,a type bayonet mount,they'll work on your camera.
you also might want to consider if you want to spend any more money since that is a pretty limited camera.only has manual focus,no manual settings.
sometimes you can buy a backup camera,upgraded model with manual settings,remote release,faster shutter speed,better predictive focus,with a couple of good lenses for less than 100 bucks used.out of the ten plus lenses I have only one was bought new.
all the others were in almost mint condition and some were new in box never used.
what i'm trying to say is I don't want to lead you down the wrong road and you find out in the near future you want to grow and you end up with a lot of maxxum equipment,and then want to switch brands.minolta went out of business.i like all my equipment and know how to use it.i'm fine,you might not be later.
let me know,sam

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5/14/2006 7:55:06 PM

Holly Marie Spoonley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  THank you for the suggestions. I was thinking about looking at EBAY, but wasn't to sure if I could trust sellers on Ebay.

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5/15/2006 8:24:50 AM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  just make sure they are a reputable seller,most are.

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5/15/2006 10:11:18 AM

George R. Bard
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/9/2006
  Using good eBay practices, check feedback etc, you should find good deals and dealers. I have purchased cameras and lenses with no trouble.

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5/19/2006 8:08:19 AM


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  Hi Holly;

Check the feedback on the seller if you go on ebay. You also want to read the ad carefully. Make sure the item you bid on is what you want. Also read to make sure that what is offered is actually included. The only problem I had on ebay was when I bought a 500 & 1000mm lens. The ad read like a two power multiplier was included until the very end of the ad where it said 2X not included in very small type. Other than that, everything I've purchased has exceded my expectations.

Have fun and keep shooting,
Mark H.

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5/19/2006 10:46:31 AM

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