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Old Oct 18, 2008, 5:43 AM   #1
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Dear all,

I got beercan (70-210 f/4) 2 days ago but without any Maxxum in front of lens. My serial number 131 xxx (8 digits). What is the difference with Maxxum version ?
Is there any quality concern ?

My camera alpha 300

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Old Oct 18, 2008, 1:26 PM   #2
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Minolta made an MD mount,manual focus, 70-210mm f/4.0 lens that didn't say "Maxxum" on it. It is possible that you got one of those.

First, it won't autofocus.

Second, and more obviously, it won't attach to your A300. (Don't force it!)

If it fits, and it autofocuses, and it's 70-210mm f/4.0, then it's a Beercan.

See http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/detail.asp?IDLens=48

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Old Oct 18, 2008, 11:12 PM   #3
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Thanks TCav your reply ..

My beercan fit with alpha 300 & also auto focus ...

I got that from alpha user also ...

Yeah .. as long as that's beercan it's fine :-)
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Minolta used different sub-brand names for different markets. Maxxum was used for gear sold into the American market, Alpha Sweet for the Japanese market and Dynax for the European (and the rest if the World afaik).

So cameras and in some cases lenses are labeled with these sub-brands. In the US market, all Minolta lenses seem to carry the Maxxum label. In the European market, Minolta lenses seem to just carry the Minolta name but omit the Dynax sub-brand name that appears on the camera bodies.

It's all just marketing. A beercan is a beercan wherever it was sold, the fact that it has or doesn't have Maxxum on it only tells you which market it was originally sold into. There are no physical or optical differences between the same lens model sold into different markets.
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Old Oct 25, 2008, 9:28 PM   #5
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Yes. You're right. A Beercan wouldn't necessarilyhave 'Maxxum' engraved on it. Thank you.
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