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Old Feb 13, 2007, 10:28 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried the Phoenix lens sold on BH Photo? Are they decent quality or worthless junk? C. W.
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Old Feb 14, 2007, 2:05 AM   #2
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You will likely find thins on every SLR forum here.

Not a BAD lens.... but FULLY MANUAL.... might have some aperture priority functionality... but basically manual.

A bargain, but work and knowledge (plus composition time luxury) involed to take advantage of it.
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Old Feb 15, 2007, 8:47 PM   #3
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Not a BAD lens.... but FULLY MANUAL.... might have some aperture priority functionality... but basically manual.
Glad to hear it. I was considering it (plus maybe a teleconverter) for some astrophotography, so I'd use it manual anyway.

Now, all I need is an equatorial mount.
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Old Feb 17, 2007, 1:38 AM   #4
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I have an old pheonix it's not great quality but not the worst I've seen either. It's a little soft.
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Old Feb 17, 2007, 2:38 PM   #5
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From what I can tell, Phoenix, Vivitar and Cosina are exactly the same lenses with different badging. Not all Phoenix lenses are MF only, many are also AF capable ( provided you get the ones labeled for Minolta AF or Maxxum ).Of course, none of the 500mm f8 glass is AF capable ( except the Minolta ).I'd rate them as pretty low on image quality from the examples I've seen, but the price reflects that. I own one phoenix teleconverter, a 2x, 7 element, 8 pin one and I rarely use it because it reduces the sharpness quite a bit.

Personally, I'd go for an equivalent Tamron or Tokina lens first. But then my priorities aren't the same as everyone else, and some here are quite happy with theVivitar lenses which I'd probably otherwise skip.

If you told us what range(s) you're looking to fill, we may have some more valuable input or recommendations. Much of Minolta's own glass is very good, even the dimmer ones are pretty good optically IMO (considering the price range). I have a couple of examples of 28-80 KM glass that are quite sharp throughout most of the aperture range.
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