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Old Jul 17, 2012, 8:49 AM   #1
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Default Friend's lens clearout should I?


My friend is having a lens clearout to fund an upgrade to his camera body and I would like your varying expert opinions on whether I should take them off his hands.

He's getting rid of:
Minolta AF 28-85mm (with Macro)
Minolta AF 35-70mm (with Macro)
Sigma AF 28-200mm

I have an A450 with 18-55mm kit lens, Minolta 70-210mm f4 'beercan' and Minolta 50mm f1.7 prime lens.

I'm aware that there's overlaps within themselves and my current lenses, but what will give better results.

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Old Jul 17, 2012, 9:28 AM   #2
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The two Minolta lenses are pretty good, but I'd be suspicious of the Sigma. It's old, and it may not AF on your A450.
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 3:30 PM   #3
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G'day big4

I would not consider any of them - sorry mate
While Minolta full-frame lenses are known for their sharpness, these are full frame lenses and will be large & heavy ... do you really want this?

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Old Jul 17, 2012, 5:04 PM   #4
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I have the 35-70mm and is a really good lens, incredibly sharp and with nice colors.

I don't think it is big or heavy... and it's built like a tank.

The 28-85mm have a more versatile range, but I don't know that lens.
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