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  1. #1
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    Help with used Minolta glass (planned purchase)

    I'm thinking of purchasing a used Minolta lens -- the 28-100mm f/3.5-5.6 to replace my kit lens (yes, the terrible 18-70mm DT). Anybody have thoughts on whether this is a good lens? Good/bad idea to purchase used?

    Thanks,
    Juan

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    Bad idea, no better than the kit lens.
    28-85mm f3.5/4.5 or the
    28-105mm f3.5/4.5 or the
    35-105mm f3.5/4.5 weren't bad though
    Last edited by Peekayoh; 01-11-2010 at 05:15 PM. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peekayoh View Post
    Bad idea, no better than the kit lens.
    28-85mm f3.5/4.5 or the
    28-105mm f3.5/4.5 or the
    35-105mm f3.5/4.5 weren't bad though
    Yep. There have been a few bad kit lenses, not so much in the 80's right after the system came out, but from the mid-late 90's on.

    The ones listed above are good, and there is a 24-105 f/3.5-4/5 which would be a bit better for a crop camera, since 28mm is not wide at all on crop (it is about a 50mm equivalent). Don had some serious problems with his 24-105, and apparently Sony doesn't have the parts available anymore if you have a problem. However that is going to be the case with almost any Minolta lens that hasn't been updated into Sony form.

    I had the 28-85 with my A300 and really liked it. I left the 18-70 in the bag for when I needed wide angle, but for my style of shooting, 28 and up was ok. You should be able to find the 28-58 for $60 or less. I think there was a 24-85 as well, which might be even cheaper than the 24-105.

    I would also consider the new sony 18-55 kit lens. I'm not sure how much (or where) you can find one for, but it is a pretty good lens, the only real downsides are the build quality, and pretty small maximum aperture.

    And of course the lens you should be aiming for is the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, but that will cost considerably more.
    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
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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    most of the maxxum len coatings just don't compare to the newer coatings needed for digital

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    Thanks Peekayoh, G_lock, laydros, and Sonynut for your input.

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    There are some worth getting

    the older maxxum 50mm 1.7 or more $ 1.4 are excellent

    the fisheye 16mm rocks

    many like the 70-210 beer can lens...

    the 50mm macro 3.5 is a great macro lens

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    the sony zeiss 24-70 2.8 is the way to go if you can afford it

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    Quote Originally Posted by SONYNUT View Post
    the sony zeiss 24-70 2.8 is the way to go if you can afford it
    I get the impression that isn't quite the price range the OP was looking for, but I sure can't disagree with that statement.

    One could make a pretty strong argument that it is the best normal range zoom ever made.
    Jason Hamilton
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    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    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
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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    Try the original (with the focus limit switch) Minolta 75-300 f/4.5-5.6. Also known as the "Big Beercan". I had one of these and it was my favorite lens.
    Also the Minolta 28-135 f/4-4.5 is a great lens. Sharp, great color, interesting wide angle macro mode, and FAST AF. I paid $320 for my copy and sold it for over $400.
    -Paul-
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