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Old Jul 1, 2009, 3:48 PM   #21
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crumbs i can't bloody win
my head aches now, apo di ld you name it i need it, how on earth can anyone remember all these lenses i know i can't anymore, can some one just find me what i need in the UK then show me where it is then i can get it please
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Old Jul 1, 2009, 5:22 PM   #22
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I wish I knew more about vendors in the U.K.. If so, I'd try to help you out. I see someone with two listings for Minolta 100-400mm APO AF lenses with free shipping to the U.K., but they're a bit over $500 each. Here's one of them (and you'd need to research the vendor yourself):

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=120439663310

That's really a pretty good price if the vendor is reputable, since vendors in the U.S. tend to sell them for a bit more. Here are some examples:

http://www.keh.com/OnLineStore/Produ...BCL=&GBC=&GCC=

The latest APO (D) version of the Minolta 100-300mm AF lens tends to sell for around $349 from vendors in the U.S. like http://www.keh.com with caps and hood. Here's an example:

http://www.keh.com/OnLineStore/Produ...BCL=&GBC=&GCC=

There's an Ebay listing for one with an auction in progress that indicates shipping to the U.K.. But, I don't know if I'd trust a vendor in Romania without more history as a seller. You'll have to research the vendor yourself.

It sounds like those may be over your budget from the types of lenses you're looking at. Price is usually a relatively good indicator of quality. So, you can't expect to get the world's great lens without spending a bit more.

I'd let members know how much you can afford to spend for better suggestions.
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Old Jul 1, 2009, 5:47 PM   #23
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Actually, the Minolta 100-300 xi isn't very good. See http://www.dyxum.com/reviews/lenses/...asp?IDLens=336

It isn't bad, but there are better choices.
did we read the same review i don't see anyone slating that lens
quite the contrary actually most people say it's ok ?
ok I am looking heavily towards the Tamron 70 - 300 Di LD MACRO
or the Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro as most of you have suggested both these lenses can be had for around 130 over here, I also quite Like theTamron 28-300 XR Di LD and the Tamron 28-300 SPAF but these are more expensive at around 249 (on sale from 400)
thanks chaps with a 300mm lens and poss a good 2x or 1.4x converter i should get what I need, just need some filters and i'm sorted
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You have to "read in between the lines" with reviews, and some members did note CA (Chromatic Aberrations) and PF (Purple Fringing) at wider apertures, with softness on the longer 300mm end unless the aperture is stopped down.

As for the Sigma 70-300mm you're looking at, I'd probably avoid it, as I've seen reports of stripped gears from Sony owners using one. See this thread for examples:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/so...0-300-apo.html

As for a TC, that's usually a bad idea on dimmer lenses like we're discussing, as you'll lose one stop of light with a 1.4x TC; or two stops of light with a 2X TC (and you'll get some optical degradation using a TC).
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so you suggest sticking with just the Tamron 70-300 DI LD macro for now then ?
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Old Jul 1, 2009, 6:13 PM   #26
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From the London Camera Exchange:

Here's a Minolta 75-300: http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/SHdetails.asp?Item=9996

This is a Sigma 70-300 APO: http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/SHdetails.asp?Item=9847

If your interested in starting with macrophotography, here's a nice choice: The Plastic Fantastic http://www.lcegroup.co.uk/SHdetails.asp?Item=7880

From Jessops:

This would be my choice: http://www.jessops.com/online.store/...4938/Show.html

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/...5807/Show.html
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That Tamron is a relatively safe choice in a budget lens. It's better than most in it's price range (but, it's going to be a bit softer on it's longer 300mm end as are most budget zooms with that much focal range).

If you need something longer, you may want to wait a while and save up for something like a Minolta 100-400mm APO AF lens.
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If staying cheap then the Tamron does OK, I used to have one back in 2005 when I was a Konica Minolta 5D shooter. Jim does suggest that the Vivitar 100-400mm f/4.5-6.7 AF is a strong performer if you need that extra 100mm.

It's always going to be a trade off, I use a 2400 300mm lens which allows me to get sharp results with a 1.4x TC but still not amazing with a 2x TC so trying to us a 100 lens with a TC is really not a good idea.

I would rather compromise on range and get pretty sharp rather than try to go long and have really soft shots with bad CA etc.
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LOL, what are the chances of getting 3 replies in less than a minute
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LOL. I'm surprised we didn't break something.
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