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View Poll Results: What kind of SONY/Minolta SLR/DSLR are you using?

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  • A100

    6 17.14%
  • A200

    7 20.00%
  • A300

    6 17.14%
  • A350

    8 22.86%
  • A700

    7 20.00%
  • A900

    3 8.57%
  • Ax00 - New Model

    0 0%
  • Minolta 35mm-film SLR (please specify model in thread)

    3 8.57%
  • Minolta DSLR (please specify model in thread)

    0 0%
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  1. #51
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    I went to a Sony a100 because I had a Minolta Maxxum 70 and I could get into the DSLR field with the lenses I already had.
    Planning to add: 30mm f/1.4 or 50mm f/1.4 or 100mm f/2.8 (not sure yet)
    70-210mm f/4.0 "beercan"
    Reason to continue: don't have to buy all new equipment and I like Sony.

    Equipment: Sony a100
    Minolta Maxxum 70 SLR
    18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens
    10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC Sigma
    28-90mm f/3.5-5.6 Quantaray
    18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC Sigma
    70-300mm f4-5.6 Sigma DL

  2. #52
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    Quote Originally Posted by nodpete View Post
    I went to a Sony a100 because I had a Minolta Maxxum 70 and I could get into the DSLR field with the lenses I already had.
    Planning to add: 30mm f/1.4 or 50mm f/1.4 or 100mm f/2.8 (not sure yet)
    70-210mm f/4.0 "beercan"
    Reason to continue: don't have to buy all new equipment and I like Sony.

    Equipment: Sony a100
    Minolta Maxxum 70 SLR
    18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens
    10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC Sigma
    28-90mm f/3.5-5.6 Quantaray
    18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC Sigma
    70-300mm f4-5.6 Sigma DL
    Welcome.

    Out of those lenses, they have vastly different uses (well the 100mm compared with the other two mainly). Do you want to shoot macros or have a walk around prime lens suitable for anything else including low light, portraits, reducing DOF, etc....?
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  3. #53
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    Thank you Don I will take a look at the other thread now.
    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Mish13 ...

    let's move this to a different thread posting and we shall go from there. I will start it, in the SONY DSLR Forum as "Aperture is worth a thousand bulbs"

    Hope we can help you get this figured out. Ryan ('Dr4gon') is a darn good resource for the A300/A350 internals. He may just join in for particulars on those. Generally, the lenses are very similar to one another.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    great to see another aussie here, even if you do shoot with a sony. i'd be a bit worried about having done a 6 week course but not understanding aperture yet !! do yourself a HUGE favour and pick up "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson. its superb.

    btw: zeiss glass is very good and nothing like the crap kit lens, so your "faulty" photos are far more likely to be technique rather than equipment. post a few up and see where that leads you.
    Quote Originally Posted by dr4gon View Post
    Welcome, what lens are you using? The 16-80mm Carl Zeiss? Yes this is my everyday lens
    I will see if I can get those books here if not I will order them from Amazon, thanks for the help
    Michelle


    In addition to understanding exposure, a more basic level book I started out with were these two, volume 3 is on the way this year.

    http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Photog...2055116&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Photog...ref=pd_sim_b_1

    http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Photog...2055135&sr=1-1

    It's a no-nonsense kind of a book to help get you rolling. I have to admit one year ago, I was disappointed in my pictures and really second guessed my purchase. Just keep at it! The more you use it, the more you'll learn and come to enjoy it.
    Sony A700
    Minolta: 50mm
    Sony: DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA Zeiss lenses
    Sony: 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 kit lenses
    Sony: 18-70 F3.5-5.6 kit lenses
    Tamron: SP AF 90mm F2.8 Macro

  4. #54
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    Talking Welcome ... to SONY DSLR land

    Quote Originally Posted by nodpete View Post
    I went to a Sony a100 because I had a Minolta Maxxum 70 and I could get into the DSLR field with the lenses I already had.
    Planning to add: 30mm f/1.4 or 50mm f/1.4 or 100mm f/2.8 (not sure yet)
    70-210mm f/4.0 "beercan"
    Reason to continue: don't have to buy all new equipment and I like Sony.

    Equipment: Sony a100
    Minolta Maxxum 70 SLR
    18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens
    10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC Sigma
    28-90mm f/3.5-5.6 Quantaray
    18-125mm f/3.5-5.6 DC Sigma
    70-300mm f4-5.6 Sigma DL
    'Nodpete' ... I would be very tentative with that SIGMA 70-300mm on the A100. It may have its focus gears for lunch. One of our other members, Frank, lost his Quantaray (made by SIGMA) 70-300 as it got smoked and stripped by the high-torque gearing of the camera body. He can still Manually Focus that bad boy, but autofocus is a goner.

    Good luck with your gear and we look forward to you posting some work on the "SONY POTD" of this forum.
    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.

    flickr & Sdi

  5. #55
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    dr4gon-I'm looking for a "walk around" with some macro & for low-light shooting. Price will also have a part in choosing. Both the 28-90 and the 70-300 have macro so I some ability for it. I know it's not true macro but--

    Don-I bought the 70-300 for the Max 70 but have used it a lot on the a100. Probably a couple of thousand shots. I've not had a problem with it, but I do a lot of manual focusing so that may have helped. I heard that it was more of a problem on the a200 & 350 as far as stripping. Have you heard anything to that effect?

    check some of my shots @

    www.picasa.web.google.com/nodpete

    Thanks for the responses !

  6. #56
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    'nodpete' ... I am simply saying that Frank's A100 did it in. There are other SONY/Minolta DSLR boards reporting similar issues with the Sigma/Quantaray 70-300. Just something to keep in mind ... should there be a loud whirring sound ... and no focus.
    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.

    flickr & Sdi

  7. #57
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    I'm no fan of sigma, but one of my friend's has the Sigma 30mm F/1.4 on his Canon and he can get really close to things making some macro shots. It's worth a consideration. Here's his flickr with some examples

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/4250487...0mmf14exdchsm/

    Another lens you may consider for walking around and low light is a 50mm F/2.8 macro. I think for walking around, 100mm is way too long.
    flickr

    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

  8. #58
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    if you are gonna buy a Sigma lens, just make sure it is a higher end ones. the non EX ones tend to not favour the Sony AF motor.
    i've only heard of one Sigma EX lens dying on a Sony so far. the rest have been the lower end variety!
    Canon EOS 7D

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    FLUIDR

  9. #59
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    Greetings!
    I am very new here and to photography, but I am spending all my spare time reading forums and books to learn. I am leaving on a trip to Banff, Alberta this weekend and want to purchase another lens for my a100. I'd like to be able to spend some time researching before I made the purchase, but I really want to have it before this trip, so here I am asking for some advice. I have the kit lens and the Sony 70-300 right now and was planning on getting the Sony 100mm macro lens, but now thanks to all the posts I've read, I've realized that I probably should replace the kit lens before I get anything else. The Tamron 17-50 sounds like its the best bet from the posts I've read, but I'd like to maybe get some advice to see if thats what fits me the best. I love shallow dof and bright colorful photos and I shoot mostly people, equines and landscapes. I am pretty fascinated by the macro photo and would love to do more, but I suppose its not as important in the long run. Would the 17-50 still be what I should pick up, or is there something else that I might utilize more? Also, any minor accessories that would help my photos for Banff? Polarizing filter, etc? Thanks for any advice, and I look forward to learning from all of you.
    Rachelle

  10. #60
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    Lightbulb A decent traveling companion ...

    Rachelle,

    A lot depends on how much you plan on carrying the camera and what you want out of it. A serious consideration would be the TAMRON AF 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF) lens, since you are out and about. It is what is termed a one-lens-solution and pretty good replacement and expansion on the "kit" lens (which should probably be destroyed). It is best in the outdoor environment, but if you add a decent flash (SONY HVL-F36AM, 42AM, 56AM, or 58AM) to your system, it can be successfully used, throughout its focal length, indoors, also.

    Personally, it is on my A100 24/7, as the "grab&go" solution. It weighs only 15.2 oz and fits nicely into the SONY case.

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    Now, this lens is not the TAMRON SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF), of course ... which offers a wider base aperture and but limits the focal length substantially. Again, this is determined what kind of use you will make of it.

    I would consider 18-250, if at all possible, as a "traveling solution" ... as you probably will not have to change it off and on while you are on your trip ... and can leave the rest of your glass at home. There is probably nothing worse than having to cater to a bag of "extra lenses", if you are not on a shooting holiday!

    If you need low-light, pick up a Minolta 50mm f/1.7 lens, also, if possible. It weighs about 8 oz and can easily fit in a purse.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 05-13-2009 at 01:11 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.

    flickr & Sdi

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