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Old Jan 31, 2007, 1:46 AM   #1
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So Guys, I got myself back into a little ebay busines and today received a mint condition Maxxum 7000 with a pristine Minolta 50mm f1.4 lens, including a bunch of films, macro lens set, etc. for $115. That lens alone is going for anywhere between $250 to $300 these days. I did some tests comparing my 1.7 to the 1.4 and the results are indistinguishable. I read some reviews that the 1.4 lens is unusable at wide open aperture, but I do not find that to be the case. Will do more tests in daylight.

Now I got to make a decision. Should I sell the f1.7 lens plus the Maxxum 7000 body and run about a $20 profit, now being the owner of a superb, super bright prime lens, or should I sell the f1.4 lens and make about a $150 profit.?Is 1/2 f-stop worth $150??? Ponder. I think, probably not, and I am inclined to to just flip the 1.4 lens. Any input to put me out of my tremendous misery???

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BIGGER APP'S HAD THEIR DAY..BUT WITH DIGITAL IT'S NOT THAT CRITICAL TO ME
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Old Jan 31, 2007, 1:57 AM   #3
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AND FOR ANY KIND OF DEPTH OF FIELD YOU'LL PROBABLY CLOSE IT UP ANYWAY
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Old Jan 31, 2007, 8:31 AM   #4
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I would probably sell the 1.4 for a huge profit. I think it is a tad better than the 1.7, but not for the price difference.
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Old Jan 31, 2007, 8:57 AM   #5
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The f1.4 is a slightly better lens than the f1.7.

If I had both of them, I'd keep the better one.

If I had two axes, I'd keep the sharper one.

If I had two racehorses, I'd keep the faster one.

etc., etc., etc.

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Old Jan 31, 2007, 11:15 AM   #6
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I've been looking to purchase a 1.4 or a 1.7. My only problem was that the reviews I saw on Dyxum were stating that the 1.7 was sharper than the 1.4 at wide open. Seemed contradictory because I would have figured the 1.4 was better glass.

I might be interested in which ever one you sell. If you want to avoid the whole ebay thing. :-)
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Old Jan 31, 2007, 6:22 PM   #7
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kberntsen wrote:
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I've been looking to purchase a 1.4 or a 1.7. My only problem was that the reviews I saw on Dyxum were stating that the 1.7 was sharper than the 1.4 at wide open. Seemed contradictory because I would have figured the 1.4 was better glass.

I might be interested in which ever one you sell. If you want to avoid the whole ebay thing. :-)
I will do a shootout this weekend, including my KM 28-75 2.8 and Tamron 28-300 Xr in the mix, and post the results. Initial impression is that the 1.4 and 1.7are very similar in sharpness, and even at 1.4 this lens is quite impressive.

I will let you know which I route I am going. Send me pm if you are interested in one of them.

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The f1.4 is a slightly better lens than the f1.7.

If I had both of them, I'd keep the better one.

If I had two axes, I'd keep the sharper one.

If I had two racehorses, I'd keep the faster one.

etc., etc., etc.
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Old Jan 31, 2007, 8:19 PM   #9
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I'd be real interested in hearing about focus speed, I hear the 50mm f1.4 is quite slow to focus compared to the f 1.7. That would be an issue for me shooting pics of the kids.

That said, I'd keep the brighter lens unless it has some shortcoming that bothers you.

You're never sorry that you kepta better lens and it's value isn't going to drop anytime soon. When was the last time buying a world class lens yielded you even $20?

PS, If I had 2 wives, any camera lenses would be out of my price range.
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The f1.4 is a slightly better lens than the f1.7.

If I had both of them, I'd keep the better one.

If I had two axes, I'd keep the sharper one.

If I had two racehorses, I'd keep the faster one.

etc., etc., etc.
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