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Old Jul 25, 2008, 12:57 PM   #1
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Tell me, is this a good deal for $50? I have the Sony DSLR-A300, so the non-functional XG-1 35mm camera body doesn't concern me. I'm looking for lenses and flash that would work with my camera, though.



MINOLTA 35mm SLR Multiple Lenses – Flashes and Camera $50

Lens 1 – with lens protector:
-Auto Zoom
-Multi coated
-1:4.0
-f=70-210mm
-550
-No.851104944
-Excellant condition

Lens 2 – with lens protector;
-Auto Zoom
-Multicoated
-1:3.5-4.5
-f=28-85mm
-620
-N0.50818695
-Excellant condition

Lens3 – with lens protector;
-Minolta
-MD 50mm
-1:2
-Excellant condition

Sunpak Flash
-Auto 144D
-Thyristor

Minolta Flash
-Auto 132X

Camera XG-1
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Old Jul 25, 2008, 1:42 PM   #2
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Sent you a PM.
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Old Jul 25, 2008, 2:50 PM   #3
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These are all manual focus lenses. They won't work with your A300.
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 12:05 AM   #4
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I wish I'd read your PM's and that post earlier. Well, that's what I get for being in a rush! Well, live and learn. We drove an hour there and back -- they didn't fit the camera's mount, of course, and the flash didn't, either.

Ah well, it was a nice day for a drive and my mother-in-law and I had a good dinner at a Chinese restaurant. :?

Note to self: Do your homework next time.
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 1:24 AM   #5
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I was online and tried to reply as quickly as I could. I hope you could return the items to the seller.
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 1:30 AM   #6
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Oh, I never bought them, thank goodness. I brought my camera with me and realized my mistake immediately. He felt bad that I'd driven an hour only to find out they weren't what I needed. But, like I said, it was a nice day for a drive. It's all good -- and I learned my lesson.

I need to read more in these threads and see what moderately inexpensive lenses and flash units people recommend for the A300. At least I did get that nice Tamron 28-105mm lens you posted about; I truly thank you for the heads up on that deal, Tullio!
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 1:53 AM   #7
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Oh good! A place to check for used lenses sold at reasonable prices is KEH.com. They have a large selection of lenses for the Sony Alpha line. Do a search on Minolta Auto Focus rather than Sony Digital. All Minolta AF lenses will work on the Alpha. I have posted another thread named A300 + Minolta 100-300mm (non-APO). I bought this lense primarily because of its compact size and the fact that the Tamron covers up to 105mm so the two lenses would overlap only by 5mm. Most reviews I read pointed out that the APO was good but the non-APO was garbbage. Since it was only $60, I decided to give it a try and to be honest, it is not a bad lens at all. It certainly has its limitations like softness at wide apertures, PF, CA in harsh conditions but for the price, it will do the job when I want to travel light and have the long reach.
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You can use Minolta lenses that are 30 years old on your Sony A300.

But watch out for those 31 year old lenses.

BTW, you were awfully close to some great lenses.

An autofocus70-210mm f/4.0 would be the legendary "Beercan", a big, heavy lens with outstanding sharpness and color, and a constant f/4.0 maximum aperture to boot. See http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=84

An autofocus 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 is no slouch, albeit also a big, heavy lens.

You're looking in the right direction. You need to adust your sights though.
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 7:36 PM   #9
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Thanks for those suggestions. I enjoy a good hunt.
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