I have a couple of Minolta 35s, they have been reliable cameras. I recently went back to MF and yes the difference between the two is very pronounced. I still have the Minoltas and will keep them until they or I die, which ever occurs first. I recently purchased a used Voigtlander 35mm range finder and it out performs the Minoltas for sharpness; convience is another story. Price is a big factor when selecting equipment; I for one do not fool myself into thinking that I will be anything more then a avid novice so the lower price equipment does me just fine.