Originally Posted by unleashed
I had a photography teacher that said "anything but a Minolta" he then realized someone in the class had one and wouldn't give a reason for his opinion. Just felt like sharing that.
Back in the day (i.e. when 35mm SLRs "took off" in the 70s and early 80s) Minoltas were always considered as "consumer grade" while Nikon/Canon were "hobbyist/pro grade". Not to say you couldn't do great work with any, it was just a stigma. In the 4x4 world, Nikon/Canon were solid axle units with 2-speed transfer cases while Minoltas were AWD Ford Escapes.