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    Feb 2006
    Des Plaines, IL

    Talking My favorite lenses ...

    Well, a number of people have asked: "Since you have all these lenses, how do you rate them in order of preference?"

    Hey, it's a fair question ... and one I do take quite seriously, as I consider it. So, without further adieu, here's my personal rating, for what it is worth :
    1. SONY SAL-135F18Z - Carl Zeiss« Sonnar« T* 135mm f/1.8 (SONY) (°77mm filter) (MFD=2.4-ft)
    2. TAmROn SP AF70~200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO (SONY) (77mm-filter) (MFD=38in)
    3. TAmROn SP AF 200~500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD (SONY) (°86mm-filter) (MFD=10-ft)
    4. TAmROn SP AF 17~50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) (SONY) (°67mm-filter) (MFD=1.5-ft)
    5. TAmROn SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD (IF) MACRO 1:1 (SONY/Minolta AF) (°72mm-filter) (MFD=10-in.)
    6. TAmROn SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 (SONY/Minolta AF) (°55mm-filter) (MFD=1-in.)
    7. SONY SAL-50F14 - 50mm f/1.4 (SONY) (°55mm filter) (MFD=1.5-ft)
    8. TAmROn SP AF 28~75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical MACRO (IF) (SONY) (°67mm-filter) (MFD=1.1-ft)
    9. Konica-Minolta AF 17~35mm f/2.8-4 (D) (SONY/Minolta AF) (°77mm-filter) (MFD=1.0-ft)
    10. Tokina AT-X 840 AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 (SONY/Minolta AF) (°72mm-filter) (MFD=8.2-ft)
    11. TAmROn AF18~250mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro "All-in-one" zoom (SONY) (°62mm-filter) (MFD=1.5-ft)
    12. Konica-Minolta AF 24~105mm f/3.5-4.5 (D) (SONY/Minolta AF) (°62mm-filter) (MFD=1.5-ft)
    13. Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 (°49mm-filter)
    14. Minolta AF 28mm f/2.8 (°49mm-filter)
    15. Minolta AF 24mm f/2.8 (°55mm-filter)
    16. TAmROn AF 28~300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro "All-in-one" zoom (SONY) (°62mm-filter) (MFD=1.5-ft)
    17. SIGMA 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM (SONY) (°77mm-filter) (MFD=9.4-in)
    18. TAmROn AF 28~200mm f/3.8-5.6 original "All-in-one" zoom (SONY/Minolta AF) (°72mm-filter) (MFD=6.9-ft, although w/ close-up filter ... 3.5 feet)
    19. TAmROn "Powermaster" AF 28~200mm f/3.8-5.6 original "All-in-one" zoom (SONY/Minolta AF) (°72mm-filter) (MFD=6.9-ft, although w/ close-up filter ... 3.5 feet)
    20. TAmROn AF 70~300mm f/4-5.6 LD (SONY/Minolta AF) (°62mm-filter) (MFD=5-ft)
    21. Minolta AF 35~70mm f/4 MACRO (SONY/Minolta AF) (°49mm-filter) (MFD=3-ft)
    22. Tokina AF 20~35mm f/3.5-4.5 (SONY/Minolta AF) (°72mm-filter)
    23. Ozunon AF 70~210mm f/4.5 (SONY/Minolta AF) (°55mm-filter) (MFD = 5-ft)
    24. SONY SAL-1870 DT - 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 (SONY) (°55mm filter) (MFD=1.5-ft)
    25. Phoenix 28-105mm f/2.8-3.8 AF (SONY/Minolta AF) (°72mm-filter) (MFD=6.9-ft)
    26. Vivitar MF 500mm(1000mm) f/8(f/16) T-mount Reflex Lens (Canon/SONY/Minolta) (°30.5mm (rear) & °72mm-filter)

    Don't get me wrong ... anything above #16 will probably provide good to great results. #18 thru #23 are better left to film cameras, not digital. Call them "focal length evaluation" lenses ... to determine which digital lens you will probably decide to go with. I figure that's a fair use of them.

    The SONY SAL-135F18Z is what makes shooting the SONY system all worthwhile. I know that's a big tout, but after you shoot with this lens ... from then on, everything you shoot will be rated against it. It's just that good!
    Last edited by DonSchap; 11-21-2008 at 10:37 PM.
    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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