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Old Nov 14, 2008, 1:59 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Been reading this forum for some time now, good info thanks to all. I plan on purchasing a Sony A300 soon. My brother has two Minolta lens (cheap ones) my Q. is will the AF 35-80mm and AF 35-70mm fit a Sony A300? Thanks for any help.
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Old Nov 14, 2008, 2:50 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums.

Yes. Any Minolta AF (Autofocus) lens will work on a Sony dSLR model.

Note that lenses will appear to be 50% longer on a dSLR with an APS-C size sensor. So, a 35-70mm lens would give you the same angle of view you'd have using a 53-105mm lens on a 35mm camera (just multiply by 1.5x to see how they compare).

That can be a good thing in some cases (where you want a narrower angle of view to help more distant subjects fill the frame more). Or, it can be a drawback in other conditions (where you may not have enough room to back up enough to get what you want included in the frame). That's why most of the kit lenses start out at around 18mm now. For example, a Sony 18-70mm lens on the A300 would give you roughly the same angle of view you'd have using a 27-105mm lens on a 35mm camera.

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Old Nov 14, 2008, 2:51 PM   #3
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Yes, they will.

For the 35-80, there are three possibilities:

Minolta - AF 35-80 F4-5.6
Minolta - AF 35-80 F4-5.6 II
Minolta - AF 35-80 F4-5.6 Power Zoom
Of the three, the "II" seems to be the best, but none are particularly bad.

FOr the 35-70, there are two possibilities:

Minolta - AF 35-70 F4
Minolta - AF 35-70 F3.5-4.5
Both lenses are very good, but the F4 is a "Macro" lens, and seems to be quitepopular.
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I've got the 35-70mm f/4. It's got very good sharpness, color and contrast. But, it's 2x focal range from wide to long can be a bit limiting, as can it's minimum focus distance using Autofocus (you have to use the spring loaded macro switch with manual focus to get closer than 1 Meter). As a result, it's probably my least used lens.


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THANKS JimC and TCav for the quick reply. Wrote down info off lens before I returned home. 1) AF Zoom 35-80mm 1:4 (22)-5.6 ---2) AF Zoom AF 35-70mm on this onedid not get info off front of lens.
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Wrote down info off lens before I returned home. 1) AF Zoom 35-80mm 1:4 (22)-5.6 ...
Unfortunately, all three of them say that. The difference is apparent in the photos at the links I posted earlier.
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TCav, Further research of the links you posted shows the following.

AF 35-70 F3.5-4.5 and AF 35-80 F4-5.6 II thanks again for the help.
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