This is my brother-in-law's 35mm film camera, a Minolta Maxxum 5000 AF. This is a SLR (single lens reflex) camera. I'm not overly familiar with SLR cameras but I'm willing to give anything a try once. Supposedly images from SLR cameras are "what you see is what you get". This camera has various lens options and lets the operator control virtually everything.
My brother-in-law is a hobby lepidopterist; he studies, collects, photographs, and trades butterflies and moths. One of his images is included in my review images. When he is out in the field, a big part of his passion includes trying to capture images of these creatures in their natural habitat.
My experience with his Minolta Maxxum was surprisingly easy. I found the menu and controls easy to navigate. The weight of the camera was a bit overwhelming at first, but after a time I got used to it.
I like being able to changes lenses. It's amazing how much zoom you can get just by changing a lens. He told me most of his photographs are captured from distances of at least 10 feet. I found I could change the lens without hassle on my first attempt. I think the ability of changing a lens so quickly is beneficial to him and helps him get his shot before the subject flits away.
Not only can you change lenses for better zoom, this camera has a variety of filter options to change images up entirely. I did not play with the filters, but he told me they are a nice feature to have to change things up a bit.
I really liked the viewfinder. You can see details that you just don't get with a screen on your basic digital.
I have to say the image quality from this camera is superb. My brother-in-law has many of his photographs enlarged to poster-sized prints. On these prints, there is no distortion, the images are robust and clear, and there is not one hint of pixelization.
After playing around with his Minolta Maxxum 5000 AF, I'm considering upgrading to an SLR myself.