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  1. #1
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    Minolta 50mm f1.4 or f1.7

    Hi Guys,

    I have been looking at the Minolta 50mm prime because I would like to take advantage of the big aperture & low light benefits of the lense. What do you guys think is a reasonable price ($US even though I am in Australia) for one of these used in good condition ?

    I'm just a bit wary of buying a used lense and if I get burnt I do not want to lose too much.

    I also have my eye on the Sony 50mm f1.4. The cheapest I can pick one up for new is around $550 AUS which is not too bad but if I could get a Minolta used for a good price it would probably be my preferred option as money is at a premium at the moment

    Thanks

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    I have the 50mm 1.7 and it is a great lens. I got it off ebay for $100.00 well worth the price.

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    Some one got a great deal on my f/1.4!

    I'm just saying ...
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    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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    I can only speak for the Minolta...I bought mine from ebay and paid $125.00 (including shipping) I am very happy with it and use it quite often considering I often take pictures of my kids inside.


    Camera: Sony DSLR-A100
    Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
    Aperture: f/2.0
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    ISO Speed: 400
    Exposure Bias: +0.3 EV
    Flash: Auto, Did not fire


    Hope I helped!
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  5. #5
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    550 AUD is like $100 over what is list price in the US.

    I would suggest looking on ebay for a mint condition one for less.
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  6. #6
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    Not to really add anything to the conversation, but I've never seen a piece of technology cheaper anywhere in Europe than in the U.S. Ebay from an american seller is possible, of course, but even when they do ship abroad you'll likely get hit by import tax anyway.

    Europe isn't Australia but I can't believe tech prices aren't higher there than in the U.S.

    So when Americans ever detail good deals in technology I put my hands over my eyes and quietly hum 'It's all about the money'. Which is, come to think of it, entirely the wrong thing to hum. Oh well.

    Last edited by Bup; 05-21-2009 at 08:39 AM.

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    If you can find a good deal on the 50mm f/1.7 it is a great lens. I found one locally for a lot cheaper than they sell on ebay.

    I have since switched to Canon, and expected their 50mm f/1.8 to be similar to the Minolta, but it isn't. The Canon 50/1.8 makes me want to upgrade to the f/1.4. The Minolta f/1.7 was a great lens, well built, and it took great pictures. If money is tight I don't think the f/1.4 is worth it over the f/1.7.

    Just watch out for a stuck aperture. Sometimes the aperture gets oily and won't close down properly. I got lucky and had mine repaired for $40, but I think most places will charge much more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laydros View Post
    If you can find a good deal on the 50mm f/1.7 it is a great lens. I found one locally for a lot cheaper than they sell on ebay.

    I have since switched to Canon, and expected their 50mm f/1.8 to be similar to the Minolta, but it isn't. The Canon 50/1.8 makes me want to upgrade to the f/1.4. The Minolta f/1.7 was a great lens, well built, and it took great pictures. If money is tight I don't think the f/1.4 is worth it over the f/1.7.

    Just watch out for a stuck aperture. Sometimes the aperture gets oily and won't close down properly. I got lucky and had mine repaired for $40, but I think most places will charge much more.
    Yeah, the Minolta 50/1.7 is quite a gem. I think one thing the Canon lacks is in the aperture blades. It's got 5 blades, non-circular so the bokeh won't be as pretty and if you stop it down, things get quite pentagular (like my new word?). The new Sony 50/1.8 does maintain a 7 blade circular aperture design and looks quite nice (very small too, being a DT lens).
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    I totally forgot about the new Sony. Get that one, totally worth the 20-30 extra to get a warranty, and digital coatings. It won't work on full frame, but it will probably sell for a decent price if you do go full frame.
    Jason Hamilton
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    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by laydros View Post
    I totally forgot about the new Sony. Get that one, totally worth the 20-30 extra to get a warranty, and digital coatings. It won't work on full frame, but it will probably sell for a decent price if you do go full frame.
    You think the Minoltas (1.7) will drop in price? The old minolta 1.4 hasn't dropped too much. Pretty much selling as much as it would if it were in excellent mint condition, just marked down for being "used." When they were sold new, they were only going for $250, and they're about less than that now.
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