I've been following this forum incognito for a few weeks now and finally decided to throw my hat into the metaphorical ring
To introduce myself first, I'm Anil, 25 years old from Cologne, Germany, originally from Hyderabad, India. Got into photography not so long back so I guess you can term me a newbie or amateur as the case maybe! I bought my first SLR late 2003 and guess what it was a Minolta Dynax 5! Love it and has given me no cause to complain. I'd term it the best beginner's SLR.
I took the digital plunge a couple of weeks back and bought the new Dynax 5D. It was tough choosing between the 5D and 7D but the economics and some improvements in the 5D over the 7D tilted the balance. I wish to invest the saved money in some good lenses. So far the 5D has been a beauty (with the AS a killer option) but need to shoot more with it.
Coming to lenses I've the Minolta AF 28-100mm; 1:3.5-5.6 D and the Sigma AF 70-300mm; 1:4.0-5.6 DL Macro Super. The former is the kit lens that came with the Dynax 5 SLR. It is a nice performer, no great shakes but for a beginner like me pretty good.
The Sigma is also a decent enough beginner's lens (bought it cheap second-hand) but the pictures get quite soft at the longer focal lengths, although the 1:2 macro between 200-300 is a bonus. I'd like to sell the Sigma and buy some good lenses. Since I still don't know much about good Minolta lenses I shall defer to the more experienced people here. But am thinking of starting off with a Minolta 1.7 / 50mm prime lens. Would suit my student's budget and be a very good introduction to prime lenses too! What do you think?
Oh, if someone is interested I have a (almost) daily photolog where I post the photos I've taken (mostly with the Dynax 5 and the Canon Powerhot A75, the latter I use for P & S). There are a couple of Dynax 5D photos there already but more will be added from now on. You can find it at www.arthedains.com/visual
. Feel free to criticize and express your opinions. And now I'll stop. Happy shooting and feels great to be here!