Yes, I wouldn't want to do without my VC-7 grip! Not only because I have a strong preference for vertical shots, but like you say, the balance of camera with heavy F2.8 lenses is just so much better. In addition, I wouldn't want to do without the capability of popping in regular AA NiMh rechargeables, just great. No hassle with expensive non-rechargeable Lithium batteries, or equally expensive brand/model specific rechargeable batteries like in modern d*****l SLR.
Originally Posted by zk-cessnaguy
Originally Posted by bluedog
Like Hoffy says, your first stop should by the Dyxum reviews. I do remember one of the first models of Sigma's 24-70 F2.8 EX receiving a lesser review in a photo magazine, essentially stating something like that "they pushed the design of the really good 28-70 F2.8 EX to far" by creating the 24-70 version as spin off... However, I don't think current top line EX models including the latest 24-70 have the same issue, it was at the dawn of Sigma's rise with quality EX lenses some 10 years back.
Originally Posted by hoffy
I have no complaints about my Sigma 28-70 F2.8 EX (Early model).
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I was going to get a Tamron 28-200 and read a lot of awful reviews on it dyxum. Maybe they just got bad copies? I was looking for a good walkaround for my Maxxum 4, it's my walkaround 35mm because it weighs next to nothing. I have the 18-270 hyperzoom for my Canon Digital Rebel and was impressed with it.
Originally Posted by Wade D
5x7 Eastman-Kodak kit / Meyer Gorlitz 13.5cm/4,5 Trioplan / Bausch & Lomb Zeiss-Tessar 5x8 f4.5
Mamiya 645 / 150 f3.5 N, WLF, metered prism finder, left grip
FED-2 / 50 2.8 Industar 26m / 85/2 Jupiter-9
Canon 300v / 5D d*****l / L lenses
I haven't had any bad results with the Tamron 28-200. The "a little soft" comment comes from looking at the negs with a 25X loupe. 8x10 & 11x14 prints look fine. 16x20 prints might show a bit of the softness but I rarely enlarge 35mm to that size.
Originally Posted by j-dogg
Max 7 is a Great Camera
The Max 7 is a great camera. It is everything the Max 9 should have been - in features and versatility - but wasn't. I have the Max 9 as well so I know the difference.
With regard to lenses, I mostly use the Tamron AF 28-300 zoom. I have been quite satisfied with the results at both ends of the range. If you can find it I recommend getting it.
I also use the Minolta AF 50mm 1.7 for existing light shots. It has also been good, though of course being a fixed lens I don't get the versality of the Tamron.
It is my favorite AF film body - Hands Down!
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...and it works with all the Sigma HSM lenses - I got a Dynax (Maxxum) 7 one month ago and was very happy to see it cooperate perfectly with the newest Sigma 24-70/2.8 and the 70-200/2.8. With the vertical grip on, it's a wonderful AF camera, especially for the price I paid for it (170€).
I've been using this camera for a couple of months. I love it very much! It's a great camera; you can do almost everything with a knob or a wheel. You don't have to press some button while dialing a wheel to change -for instance- exposure compensation or active AF point; all of them done by using one wheel or one button. For me, Dynax 7 is the most user-friendly 35mm SLR. It has great ergonomics too. It's not so big, which dissapointed me first; because i dreamed Minolta's legendery camera bigger than this, and very comfortable in hand. Most small AF SLRs don't have good ergonomics and because of this i was thinking a great SLR must be a "bigger" body. But after using this camera i see how i was wrong with that thought.
I think that the 7 is one of the best (best?) "non professional" bodies ever made. Great ergonomics, features, and incredibly intuitive to use. Mine has been very reliable and coupled with an inexpensive 50/1.7 is capable of producing stellar images. And it's a blast to shoot with. What more can I expect of a camera?
It's a wonderful camera, been using it for years. Metering is always spot on, don't even bother carrying my handheld meter anymore. And although it packs more features than most would ever use, they are all very easy to access - no need to lug around the manual to figure out how to change a setting.
In fact it's so good I'm planning on getting another as a backup should this one ever fail.
I've found the older Maxxum zooms to be superb. The 70-210 f4 is awesome for the price, as is the 28-85 f3.5-4.5, although the Alpha users are snapping them up and inflating the price a bit.
I've no experience with primes or other brands, never felt the need to get more that the two listed above.
The only downside I've found is that most people assume it's d*****l becuase of the large LCD readout on the back...
I second everything people have said here. I own the Maxxum 7000 with a 50mm 1.7 and a Sigma 28-75mm (I think). The body is a brick, which gives a great, confident feel. Metering is spot on. Honestly, the 50mm is one of the best lenses I have used. I love the bokeh and how damn sharp and contrasty it is. It's absolutely great for color.
Actually, if you're interested, I might be willing to sell the sucker. Since I got the M7 I rarely shoot it anymore. Two bodies, two lenses and a padded bag. Just a thought ^_^