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Old Dec 5, 2008, 8:50 PM   #11
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No. The Beercan doesn't go quite as long as the 18-250, but at f/4.0, it's 1 1/3 f-stops faster than the f/6.3 maximum aperture of the 18-250.This would allow you to use faster shutter speeds, and the autofocus probably works better too. The Beercan is also sharper and has less chromatic aberration.

And it's cheaper.

I use my Beercan mostly for shooting sports, mostly my wife's dressage, but also my grandson's T-Ball. I also use it for the annual air show at Andrews AFB. See So, anything happen over in your neighborhood today?(Is that 'wildlife' enough for you?)
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Old Dec 5, 2008, 9:19 PM   #12
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fast is good. that is one feature i am definitely considering.

thanks, tcav. i will keep an eye on ebay and see if i can pick one up cheaply enough that little use is not a problem.

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p.s. love the 'birds' at the link. i have been trying to get shots of the flyover at bristol motor speedway for a few years now without success.
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Old Dec 6, 2008, 6:31 AM   #13
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p.s. love the 'birds' at the link. i have been trying to get shots of the flyover at bristol motor speedway for a few years now without success.
That post actually only contained every other shot. There were 11 shots in that series, all occuring within a span of 5 seconds, covering the Blue Angels from the east end of my street to the west end. I switched to manual focus, focused at just short of infinity, stopped down to f/5.6, and held the shutter button down, zooming along the way.
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Old Dec 9, 2008, 9:03 PM   #14
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I think the prices are starting to come down. A couple beer cans went this weekend for:
  • $159[/*]
  • $124[/*]
A few other note worthy lenses:
  • Minolta 85 /1.4 $770[/*]
  • Minolta 200/2.8 APO $610[/*]
  • Minolta 80-200/2.8 APO $711[/*]
I picked up a beer can tonight (Tuesday) for $160. Funny, I see another listed as BIN for over $300!

Can't wait to get my own beer can in the mail.
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Old Dec 10, 2008, 9:47 AM   #15
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This past weekend's stats:
  • 70-210mm f/4.0 Beercan: [/*]
    • Sold: 3. Average price: $174.02 [/*]
    • Unsold: 3. Average Buy-It-Now or opening bid: $162.81
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  • 50mm f/1.7: [/*]
    • Sold: 5. Average price: $99.20[/*]
    • Unsold: 2. Average Buy-It-Now or opening bid: $134.95[/*]
In addition to the lenses robintrade mentioned,a Minolta 100/2.0 sold for $701. Theseusually go for ~$1,000.

Notice that the average asking price for an unsold Beercan was lower than the winning bid for a sold Beercan! Two of the unsold Beercans were from a new seller, so that might have had something to do with it.
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This past weekend's stats:
  • 70-210mm f/4.0 Beercan: [/*]
    • Sold: 6. Average price: $168.31[/*]
    • Unsold: 1. Average Buy-It-Now or opening bid: $194.50
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  • 50mm f/1.7: [/*]
    • Sold: 11. Average price: $97.83[/*]
    • Unsold: 2. Average Buy-It-Now or opening bid: $116.13[/*]
A Minolta 100/2.0 went unsoldfor $850. Theseusually go for ~$1,000.
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