Peter Blaise , Nov 14, 2006; 06:54 a.m.
Hi and welcome, Summar,
If you're into film capture, it's a great place to start, especially since Minolta ergonomics and controls are so swell. Read more on the camera at
http :// www.mir . com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/minoltaxd711/basicimages/index . htm
and enjoy. Alternatively, buy any NEW camera for the manufacturer's warranty and support away from selling store, although after a short period (Panasonic is 90 days?) you're on your own anyway. Others may tell you to go digital since you can control the entire photo imaging process in-house (got a computer or printer?), but digital is not the only way, and film is still cheapest for penultimate qualities of your negatives and occasional (comparatively) shooting (unless you use, say, free college darkroom facilities?) - digital gets cheaper quickly after a certain number of shots - $300 in 2 weeks was my threshold to buy digital rather than stay with film.
Yes, you have too many questions at the moment since the MEANING of the answers depends on your interpretation of personal experience, which you admit you haven't any yet. SO buy it, learn, and enjoy - it's the cheapest tuition you'll find for the kind of photographic education you're after.
Let us know what you do. -- Click! Peter Blaise, Minolta Rokkor Alpha DiMage Photographer
PS - The only thing cheaper is single-use cameras, $5US and up, with cheap lab processing (Wal Mart?) can stretch $40 a long way. Heck, the same people who poo poo $5 single use cameras spend $200 on LensBabies (don't ask!). Summar, you have all the options, decide, dive in and learn by doing. $40 is NOT a big risk - spend it!