i think the price is why i decided on the Maxxum 70...being a student i dont have all that much money to buy a really great camera...at first i did think that getting lenses might be a problem because it seems like everywhere is dominated by Cannon and Nikon...but they are readily available so i am not too worried. and i used to have an older model Cannon, which had some lens issues, and like the Minolta more.