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  1. #41
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casey78 View Post
    None of my links seem to work so ignore them!
    But the questions still remain the same
    It would be helpful to know what you like to photograph and plan to photograph, especially with the macro lens.

    If you want a true macro lens, you want one that has a 1:1 ratio. As far as I know, you're only going to find that ratio in a prime macro lens. But some of the zooms have decent ratios between 1:2.3 to 1:3. If you do a lot of macro photography, then I would say get one with a 1:1 ratio. If you want more versatility, I would look at a lens like the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.0 DC Macro Zoom Lens which has a 1:2.3 ratio and cost around $449 US at B&H.
    Darin Wessel
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    Zooms: Tamron SP AF70-200mm f2.8 Di LD Macro; Sigma 28-90mm D macro, Konica-Minolta 18-70 f3.5-5.6
    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

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    Which should I get as a decent cheap 50mm prime? Minolta 50mm F1.7 or Sony SAL50F18?

    Both are in the same price range, but the Minolta 1.4 is a jump up.

  3. #43
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    Sony 50mm f/1.4

    I had a trio of 50mm for the Minolta/SONY mount:

    Minolta 50mm f/1.7
    Minolta 50mm f/1.4
    SONY 50mm f/1.4


    The Minolta 50mm f/1.7 was perhaps the most prolific lens Minolta ever made and while it is considered to be a good piece of glass, compared to the SONY 50mm f/1.8, it does not hold a candle in overall performance to that you will get out of a SONY 50mm f/1.4 (55mm) or the SIGMA 50mm f/1.4 DG EX (72mm). Also, bear in mind that the Minolta 50mm f/1.4 and Minolta 50mm f/.4 have not been produced for the past 15-20 years. Lens fungus grows... over time.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 12-06-2011 at 09:08 AM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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