Minolta Maxxum 7000

Minolta Maxxum 7000

Can a $5 camera be the best tool to take your photography?

So there I was, relaxing early Saturday morning, and in comes a call from my wife.  On Saturday mornings my wife and her mom like to go and check out the garage sales, more often that not finding treasures here and there.  Jokingly I always tell them to buy anything photography related.  Well this time they found something.

“So there are a couple of cameras here do you want them?” is what she said.  I asked her what they were looked the two of them up and I said get the Minolta.  Did it work? I couldn’t tell you.  Turns out that this camera is somewhat revolutionary, heck it has something that my modern day DSLR doesn’t even have.  After she arrived home with the camera I did some research and it turns out that it was the first camera with a built in focus motor.  Minolta was on the technological forefront with this camera, leaving the giants of Nikon and Cannon to follow suit.  The internal motor allowed for smaller less expensive lenses.  Along with the focus motor came a new mount, larger than the previous, and is still in use today by none other than Sony.  Yes the “a” mount humbley started here as well.

Now comes the real question, do I really want to use this camera?

Well why wouldn’t I want to use such an innovative camera, a camera that forever changed modern photography.  Well there is the reality of finding out how good or bad of a photographer you are.  Well it has been said what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.  I see this as the best way I can train myself to be a better photographer.  I can’t rely on the lcd screen on the back to tell me where I went wrong and immediately readjust and shoot again.  I will have to rely on my knowledge of light and how it works, and what I need to do to make the photograph mine.  I can no longer have the attitude that if I’m off a stop or two that I can bring it back in Lightroom.

All of this, I believe will only make me a better more confident photographer.  There is also that added bonus, the nostalgia of film photography.  That old feeling of waiting for the roll to be developed and looking at prints!  Remember those, you used to look at them as a kid, or if you’re younger maybe your parents did.

I’m looking forward to receiving my first roll developed from the lab, and I haven’t even loaded the first roll in to the camera. Well here’s to bettering my self as a photographer