Bill Polley , Oct 18, 2006; 06:49 p.m.
I bought my parents a Minolta 5000i in 1989 as a "thank you" Christmas present. I had just graduated college and wanted to spend some money on something nice that they would never get themselves.
I used their camera on occasion when I needed to, but when we had our first child, I bought a 600si (which I still own). The 600si was delivered from B&H at 3PM and my son was born that evening, about 6 hours later. I have the pics to prove it!!!
Last winter I bought a "like new" Maxxum 7 with the grip. It's the best camera I have ever handled or used (and I have used a few!) I have never contemplated changing brands. I have a couple 50mm f/1.7s, a 28mm f/2, a 28mm f/2.8, a 100mm f/2.8 macro RS, a 70-210 f/4, a couple 5400HS flashes and other accessories like the long release cord. The bodies and lenses are flawless, so I see no need to scrap them.
I do, however, need a new film scanner! My Minolta Scan Elite 5400II broke and could not be repaired after only a few months of very careful use. I AM looking to switch to a Nikon scanner.