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Old Sep 12, 2007, 4:46 PM   #1
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http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?o...mp;cat3=Lenses

By all accounts (http://www.photodo.com/product_521_p3.html) this is a fine lens. It's longer than I'm looking for, and I thought someone here might like knowing about it.
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Old Sep 12, 2007, 8:47 PM   #2
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That's a lower than average price for that lens. Is there a catch?:?
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Old Sep 12, 2007, 9:47 PM   #3
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Not from what I can see. The condition is listed as E+.
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Very tempting ... I already have the Minolta 100mm Macro (cost more than twice this one) ... stop it!
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Old Sep 13, 2007, 8:23 AM   #5
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They have the Minolta 100 f/2.8 Macro(Excellent Condition) for $484, and the Sigma 105 f/2.8 EX Macro (Demo Condition) for $289, as well. But the Tamron just seemed like a very good deal.
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It is a very good deal. If I didn't alreaady have the Minlta 100mm I would have grabbed that Tamron.

Which one are you going after?
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Old Sep 13, 2007, 2:47 PM   #7
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Which one are you going after?
Well, actually, I like my beercan for that focal length. I don't really need the larger aperture for that long a lens. I'm looking for large aperture, wide angle lenses. I havea Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and a KM 50mm f/1.7,andI'm keeping my eye out for something shorter than the 50mm and brighter than the f/2.8.

I have a 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 that I like, but wish it was brighter.

These are my current lenses. I bought the 18-200 with my KM5D, but I never use it now that I have the others. It was just a bad choice.
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Old Sep 13, 2007, 10:19 PM   #8
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The Tamron 17-50mm is one of my favorite lenses. I also have a Minolta 28mm f/2. This is a great lens but not that easy to find. I don't really need one but I would love to get a Minolta 35mm f/2 - this one almost alwayss gets a very high score in the Dyxum lens reviews.I've never really looked at the wide aperture, short focal lengthSigms but I know there are a number of choices there.
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Are you happy with the Minolta 28mm f/2? I haven't seen it or the 35mm f/2 anywhere.

I've been eyeing the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, but when it comes time to put my money down, I think I'd forego a half f-stop and save $150with the 28mm /f1.8 instead.
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I'm very pleased with the Minolta 28mm f/2. It works particularly well for landscape/architectural shots where you can use a moderate wide angle. Sharp and nice colours. If you like the build quality of your older Minolta lens such as your beercan then you wouldn't be disappointed with this one.

Both the Minolta 28mm f/2 and the 35mm f/2 show up on eBay occasionally. In fact, there is a Minolta 35mm f/1.4 currently listed:

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...:IT&ih=018

These usually command a pretty high price and it is also located in Canada - I don't know if US buyers would have to pay extra to import it.
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