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  1. #1
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    What is this lens worth?

    It is a Minolta Maxxum 70-210 f/4

    Is this a good lens? What would be the average price to pay if it were new or used?


    Thanks

  2. #2
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    Around 200...

  3. #3
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    If the lens is genuinely a constant f4 then it's the venerable Beercan and you're not going to find a new one because it dates from the '80's (don't know when they stopped making it). Back then it sold at around $250 and you won't get it for much less now.

    At the price you might consider the Sony 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 which has the advantage of more reach and its a D type lens. Unfortunately it's very soft at 300mm and unusable at less than f8 (I'd say).

    Both lenses suffer from colour fringeing.
    The Beercan has better Bokeh and (of course) a faster aperture.
    At 70mm the Beercan is very good edge to edge on APS-C, practically no need to stop down. Slightly worse at 210mm, its useable but benefits from stopping down to f5.6.
    Build quality is no contest. The Beercan is all metal and built like a tank which is why they are still going strong.

  4. #4
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    Sweet, thank you for the info peek.

  5. #5
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    The beercan is a very good lens but if you have to carry it around all day then its getting heavy because of the metal. You can get them between 150 and 200. I was lucky to get one for 69.

  6. #6
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    I wish I could find one for $69. I did find a great used Minolta 100-200 constant F4. It is quick and very sharp. I use it for youth sports games. Just can't get the real close up shots, have to stand back a bit. This isn't really bad since it doesn't interrupt the kids in play
    Joe Holmes
    Sony α550
    Sony HVL-F42AM Flash
    Sony DT18-55 F3.5-5.6 (Kit Lens)
    Minolta Maxxum 50 1:1.7(22) Prime
    Minolta 35-70 F4 (Mini Beercan)
    Minolta 70-210 F4 (Beercan)
    Minolta 28-135 F4-4.5 (This beast is pretty heavy)
    Minolta Maxxum 100-200 F4.5
    Quantaray D28-90 1:3.5-5.6 Ver 5
    Tamron DiII 55-200 1:4.5-6

  7. #7
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    Try to get one with the original metal hood.
    Canon EOS 7D

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  8. #8
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    If anyone has for sale, or knows where a good deal exists for, a Minolta 28-135 F4-4.5 let me know!!

    The prices in the UK have gone NUTS recently. Just before christmas they were selling for 115. I go on holiday, intending to get one in Jan as a Christmas present to myself... and they've shot up to 325!!!

  9. #9
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    I don't know, Bob. I think you'll have to dig a lot deeper than 125 for a good one.

    This one has the original box and manual so it may have been well looked after: eBay Link

    Bad news it says: Minolta lens with back focusing
    Good news: We know what he meant to say. LOL

  10. #10
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    Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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    Nice find mate, thanks very much. There must be something wrong with my Ebay search function.... that didnt list for me when i looked, trying all kinds of variations on the search parameters!!

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