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Old Apr 18, 2008, 10:44 AM   #1
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Since this lens is Specially designed for the APS-size CCD, wont it be useless on the new Alpha 9 with a full frame sensor?:?
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Old Apr 18, 2008, 10:54 AM   #2
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Marketing hype. They probably changed the coatings or something minor to put that in the description. lol I'd never noticed that before you brought it up.

Compare the specs for the Minolta 70-200mm f/2.8G SSM to the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8G SSM. ;-)

Lenses with SSM in Minolta AF mount

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Old Apr 18, 2008, 11:06 AM   #3
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Thanks Jim,

I am going to buy this lens. I just did not want to throw away 2k on a lens that wont work on the Alpha 9.
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Old Apr 18, 2008, 11:09 AM   #4
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IOW, it's a rebranded Minolta and will work with a 35mm size sensor.

Now, the camera will have to be smart enough to support SSM (as all of the KM and Sony DSLR models are). The Maxxum/Dynax 7 (film) model could, and you could get a Maxxum 9 upgraded to work with SSM lenses at one point (but, not anymore).

Only Sony's DT series lenses are designed with a smaller image circle. But, chances are, even those will work on a full frame Sony DSLR. I suspect we'll see some kind of crop mode like Nikon has in their D3 to allow them to work with reduced resolution. We'll have to wait until Sony releases more specs to find out.


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P.S.

User reviews of the Sony.

http://www.dyxum.com/reviews/lenses/...asp?IDLens=315

User reviews of the Minolta (same lens design):

http://www.dyxum.com/reviews/lenses/....asp?IDLens=47

It should be a very sweet lens if you decide to get one.

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JimC wrote:
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Only Sony's DT series lenses are designed with a smaller image circle.
But you have to go digging for the 'DT' info.

Currently, the SonyStyle website lists the 18-70, the 18-200, and the 55-200without the DT designation, which could cause someone to doubt whether other lenses without the DT designation will work on full frame cameras.
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Old Apr 28, 2008, 9:14 PM   #7
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This lens is quite impressive to say the least in both digital and slide. In digital it's very sharp and renders colors very well. With slide film and the Maxxum 9, it's even sharper and colors are fantastic. "G" coating colors on the lens are suburb. Just as expected from Minolta. If the upcoming Alpha 9 will reproduce the clarity and colors of Fujicrome Velvia 50 at 40 and Kodacrome 25 all will be well.
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