I bought one of these about a year after it first came out, but one way or another, it didn't have the impact on Canon and Nikon cameras that Minolta was hoping it would. Some said that it wasn't a 'proper' Pro camera because it had a built-in flashgun, (even though this also acted as a slave for Minoltas other flashguns) and that whilst it's AF system pretty-well always 'nailed' what it was focussed on, it wasn't as fast as their competitors AF systems. Big and heavy, using a stainless steel body, it also offered via large, ergonomically positioned dials and levers (great when you need to use gloves) offering a wide range of functions such as data recording, daylight and flash +/- exposure compensation, auto-bracketing, time-lapse, red-eye, front and rear curtain flash sync and eye-start. In short, this was to be Minoltas' swan-song camera. I've still got and use mine, it's a big brute, built like a brick latrine and still utterly reliable. The thing is, I've often wondered how many Minolta actually made, how many around here have used one and with the benefit of hindsight, was this a 'better' camera than people at the time made it out to be?