I have a couple of questions about the Minolta 7D.
Recently I have thought about moving to digital, since I use minolta cameras, the obvious choice is the minolta 7D.
I have done a bit of research around on pricing to see what price I can get it for.
A couple of places sell the body cheaply, but they require you buy other things, eg. One place, sold the body but you had to buy a battery and recharger with it, which isnt so surprising, except they wanted $400 when I know the same thigns sell else where for under $40 each.
The other place sold the body but you had to pay an extra $400 to get the software with it(not much use without it since I wouldnt be able to use the RAW mode if I didnt have their software).
This place also told me I needed a ultrafast memory card for another $400
So my question is, is this normal practise to do this, I thoughtit was a bit misleading to advertise it at one price and it actually was a different price.
Also, is that true that I need to spend $400 on a memory card for it, or can I just use a memory card that I can pick up at the local walmart?
I Am not a professional but down the raod would like to get there. If I was a pro, I probably would not have an issue with spending the extra money to get the better ,faster memory cards, but I am wondering if it NEEDED or if it is just a sales pitch to get me to buy one.
If anyone can give me any help on this, I would appreciate it.
Most cases, those items ome bundled with the camera. Advertisers in Pop that agree to be bound by the "Checkrated Program" guidlined are specifically forbidden from offering low prices contingent on purvchas of other, highly-overpriced ''accessories'that usually ship in the box, anyway.
Some of the bettter stores in the Checkrated category are:
Other good source, though the y do not advertise in Pop include www.buydig.com and a couple of others that I wil have to see if I can remember the listings for!
If an advertised price looks mtoo low to be true, you will probably get ripped off, either with the add-ons, or exhorbitant S/H fees. Many of these items are also "gray market", and you may have trouble getting the official importer to honor the warranty, as they were brought into the country through alternate channels.
I was once "ripped off" by one of those "the price is too good" sellers. No offense to anyone who buys either through the internet, or through a phone conversation with a dealer who ships to you, but I'd rather pay more from a reputable store I can walk into and see the product and know it carries a USA warranty, and I can take it back if there are any issues. The inconvenience of shipping something back, trying to get a refund and avoiding "restocking" fees is just not worth the hassles to me.
Couple years ago when I ordered my Dimage 7i through a dealer where they advertised a LOW price. A day later someone from the store called and said I have to purchase the battery and the charger separately. Funny, I just helped a friend purchased the same camera and the batteries and the charger are included. However, I said to the sales person that I don't need them, I have a lot of AA rechargable at home. He insisted that I have to order those items. And I argued that if they are sold separately why am I forced to order? Eventually though, I canceled my order because it will run my cell phone bill high if I continued the discussion with him. I later ordered through one of the more reputable mail order place and the camera was at my house in a few days.
It's generally called "bait and switch". Somewhat akin to being told to read the fine print.
Being the owner of four Minoltas, including a Maxxum 7, the 7D would seem the logical choice for me, too. I have four lenses for the Maxxum, so why go to something different. Just one thing bothers me - the $1,600 price. I'm retired, and from teaching, not the chairmanship of General Motors. So if one of these days the prices come down into something a little more reasonable, I might bite. However, I have yet to go digital, so that will take some decision-making,