This camera is considered one of, if not the best Minolta film SLRs. The 9 is billed as the flagship professional grade camera, but the 7 was released after it and includes a number of technological advancements. The 9 beats the 7 in terms of build quality and some say focus speed, but the 7 is an incredible machines that should disappoint no one. Considering the price, it is a great deal.