I’m looking to get into photography. I’ve gone back and forth over what exactly I want to get. First I was leaning toward Sony just because I know lots of other people who have Sony and that makes lens-swapping easier. But, everyone I talk to says stick with Canon or Nikon. So I thought I would go Canon.

Latest piece of information, my dad has an old Minolta camera and about three lenses. If I buy a $60 mount adaptor, all of his old lenses would work on my (possible) new Sony dSLR.

The Pros:
Save a shit-ton of money.

The Cons:
1. Autofocus (AF) is not available;
2. Stop-down metering is used. Spot metering mode does not work properly.
3. Although it is possible to use the A (aperture-priority AE) mode in auto exposure, the aperture display is not available.
4. In the P (Program AE), or S (Shutter speed-priority AE) mode, the shutter releases, but the auto exposure control does not work.
5. The distance scale on the Minolta MD/MC lenses may not indicate the actual distance. Always use the viewfinder for focusing.
6. Since the Sony Alpha and Konica Minolta DSLR cannot recognize the MD/MC lenses, please unlock the shutter after mounting the MD/MC lens on the Alpha system.

I’m not sure what to do at this point. I love Canon and the lenses are supposedly easier to get a hold of and much better quality. I’ve always leaned this direction. But now, with these two big things pushing me towards Sony…I’m not sure what to do.

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