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  1. #11
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    It makes the uniforms look like a giant reflector..kind of annoying..jmo

  2. #12
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    I guess one thing we need to keep in mind for these situations now is that the kit lens that comes with the A500 isn't the dog that the old one was. If long distance will be the primary use, the kit lens for a short term filler isn't a terrible idea. I would also remind the OP that the replacement for the A700 should be coming soon, which should be more appropriate for sports, or might make the price of the (excellent) A700 drop into the range of the A500.

    As for the initial question, I think it is tough to answer. I think the end point you will reach is that image quality on the Tamron or Sigma is similar to the G, however focussing speed and accuracy is going to be best in the Sony.
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    i wouldnt get a zoom lens at all. grab yourself an older minolta fast prime.
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  4. #14
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    hey dragon, i sent you a pm
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  5. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erad View Post
    hey dragon, i sent you a pm
    replied, sorry didn't see it.
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    found an older minolta XG-A in my in-laws garage with a MD 50mm F2 on it. cameras dirty and the sensor looks like its broken but the lens is in perfect condition!!! was wondering if this baby is gonna be able to mount to a sony camera when i get one. if so, cant wait to see what this baby can do.
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    here is a photo of it, sorry for the quality, i have to make do with my camera phone.
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    You need an MD/Alpha Maxxum adapter.

    I think something like this

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...o_Minolta.html
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  9. #19
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    Red face The way things work ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Erad View Post
    found an older minolta XG-A in my in-laws garage with a MD 50mm F2 on it. cameras dirty and the sensor looks like its broken but the lens is in perfect condition!!! was wondering if this baby is gonna be able to mount to a sony camera when i get one. if so, cant wait to see what this baby can do.
    I have bad news ... unless I misread this (it could happen) ... the Minolta XG-A does NOT have a "SENSOR" in it, it is not digital ... it uses 35mm-film. It probably does work ... unless the metering is shot. That usually kills this camera, because it has no MANUAL mode.

    Anyway ... decide on a SONY DSLR and lets get going, eh?

    Quote Originally Posted by Erad View Post
    here is a photo of it, sorry for the quality, i have to make do with my camera phone.


    Oh, about the lens ... it may have issues with "infinity focus" when mounted on that adapter collar. I would take it to a SONY Style store, with the adapter and mount it and find out.

    I think you would be better of with the SONY AF 50mm f/1.8 for $149 It is fully compatible with the DLSRs and will autofocus. That can be real handy when the lights are low.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-28-2009 at 11:39 AM.
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    Erad, the MD 50mm f2 lens is a pretty good performer at f2/2.8 rising to excellent at f4/5.6. Seeing as it's free, purchasing a cheap adapter will give you a lot of fun however I do forsee some problems.
    1. The glassless adapters are cheap but don't usually deliver infinity focus.
    2. The cheap adapters with glass may degrade the image and can give up to 1.2x magnification, turning your 50mm/f2 into a 60mm/f2.4.
    3. The more expensive James Lao adapter ( http://eadpt.cn/eadpen.htm ) which delivers focus confirmation and antishake will cost you $74 with shipping. This is worthwhile for the f1.2 or f1.4 MD lens but not so cost effective for the f2; you may be better off putting the cash towards an AF lens.
    4. Manual focus will be difficult with the pentamirror VF of the A500 and although you can use the Manual Focus Check Live View it won't be useable in every situation.
    Amongst all the negatives, the MD lens does give you a DOF preview unavailable on the A500. All in all though, if you have any serious thoughts of using manual focus lenses, get an A700 for the pentaprism VF.

    On the 70-200mm issue, although the Sony would seem to be a no-brainer given that funds will be available, you may wish to give consideration to the suggestion (Rooz) of getting a fast prime instead. The 70-200 is a big lump to be waving around in a crowd of excitable parents and a 135mm or 200mm prime is much more manageable.

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