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Old Aug 12, 2009, 6:46 AM   #11
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The Minolta 28-80 is a very highly regarded lens. It's sharper than the kit lens you've got, but the range on an APS-C body is mostly telephoto, while the range of the kit lens includes a good portion of wide angle as well. It may be that you use the wide angle of the kit lens often enough that the 28-85 doesn't suit your style.
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Old Aug 12, 2009, 11:28 AM   #12
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I haven't shot with the kit lens since taking your advice and getting the Tamron 70-300 (thanks again BTW) And it was really over for the kit when I got the nifty fifty. But I realized I was in need of something shorter which is why I considered the 30mm. But if you say the 28-85 is a good lens, I will try to utilize it more you havent led me wrong yet. Matter of fact a girl wants me to take some pics at her reception this weekend. It does have a Macro setting, any idea what the ratio is? I did a quick search last night but could not find it. I will look again now.
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The magnification ratio of the Minolta 28-85 is 1:4 (in "macro" mode), which is barely enough to be called "macro". See Dyxum.com's Minolta - AF 28-85 F3.5-4.5.
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In theory a prime lens should produce better quality images than a zoom lens. However, technology has evolved and there are some pretty darn good zoom lenses out there, on par with primes. I'm not familiar with the M 28-85mm but as long as you are happy with its performance, I see absolutely no need to invest on the new 30mm prime. Of course size is always something to take into consideration and the prime will be smaller.
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