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Old Nov 27, 2007, 4:19 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Although I haven't been able to shoot very much lately, I'm in love with the A700 and Sony 18-250 combo.

Here's my question. Is it worth getting a couple/three faster fixed focal length lenses that ARE NOT high dollar? I just won a MINOLTA MAXXUM AF 28 F2.8 on ebay for $83 and about 15 bucks shipping.

I have an opportunity to pick up, from a friend a:

Tokina 28-70 Macro 1:2.8-4.5 ; Tokina 70-210 1:4-5.6 and a Minolta 50 1: 1.7

Should I go for them if the price is right, OR, will my Sony 18-250 do the trick?

Also - What do you think of filters? I picked up a polarizer and ND and am unsure if they're worth it.

Thanks - Ponz


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Old Nov 27, 2007, 4:51 PM   #2
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I've moved your thread from our Add On Lenses Forum (which is for lens attachments designed for non-DSLR cameras) to our Konica Minolta/Sony Alpha DSLR Forum

As for the lenses, that depends on what your friend wants for them. I wouldn't give much for the two Tokinas. They're probably not worth much on the used market. The prime would be a good lens to have. If I could buy the 3 lenses (both Tokina Zooms and the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 AF) for under $150, I might consider it if I didn't already have lenses in those focal ranges and needed something to use on a tight budget.

As for filters, quality can vary. I rarely use them.

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Old Nov 27, 2007, 10:20 PM   #3
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theponz924 wrote:
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Although I haven't been able to shoot very much lately, I'm in love with the A700 and Sony 18-250 combo.

Here's my question. Is it worth getting a couple/three faster fixed focal length lenses that ARE NOT high dollar? I just won a MINOLTA MAXXUM AF 28 F2.8 on ebay for $83 and about 15 bucks shipping.

I have an opportunity to pick up, from a friend a:

Tokina 28-70 Macro 1:2.8-4.5 ; Tokina 70-210 1:4-5.6 and a Minolta 50 1: 1.7

Should I go for them if the price is right, OR, will my Sony 18-250 do the trick?
The 28mm f/2.8 might be nice. It's a little brighter than the 18-250 you've got.

The 50mm f/1.7 is very popular, especially for portraits, indoors, kids, and indoor sports when you can get close enough (though with a 12MP image sensor, you might not need to get really close.)

The Tokinas are not bad, but only a little bit brighter than your 18-250, so they wouldn't be much use. The macro might be nice, but I can't find anything about a Tokina 28-70 f/2.8-4.5 Macro.

I'd say take the 50 and leave the others. It goes for about what you paid for the 28.

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Also - What do you think of filters? I picked up a polarizer and ND and am unsure if they're worth it.
Polarizers are nice to accentuate the sky and work well for Autumn colors as well. For the 18-250, you probably won't need the ND unless you're taking pictures of the Sun.

Except for protection, UV or haze, cheap filters are not a good idea; they scratch and break easily, aren't made very well, and aren't generally very goodat what you bought them for.
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