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Old Aug 18, 2009, 10:11 PM   #1
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August 6 I went to look at a minolta Beercan a guy had on Craigslist for $30.00. I was thinking "you never know..". OK, so I met him at the CrackerBarrel Restaurant in Crestview, about an hour from where I live. Mounted the lens on my Sony and snapped a quick shot of a utility pole in the distance. The shot looked good, autofocus was quick, in spite of the near tropical storm conditions that day.

I paid him, then I went in, ecstatic over my purchase, and had dinner with my wife and grand-daughter.

When I got home that night, I discovered the lens wouldn't AF close-up, nor would it MF, even de-mounted. I thought at that point I had bought a thirty dollar paperweight. Not to worry! The outing had been fun, the fifty mile drive through a torrential downpour being the exception.

This story does have a happy ending, sort of... I took the lens to a friend who repairs 35mm cameras and lenses, and he kept it for about a week. Took it apart, cleaned and repaired whatever was not right, and got it operating like a new one. Of course his services cost me a bill, so I ended up paying $130.00 for this lens. I had said in a previous post that I would not pay the high ebay prices, and would wait for one at a lesser price. So here I am, and I have to say, everything I've heard about this lens is true.

After our recent tropical storm, the sun came out briefly today so I finally got a chance to try this lens out. All the pics were shot (incorrectly for close-ups) at f/4 just to see what the lens was capable of. All were shot at the long end as well. Sorry for the long post, let me know what you think! Robert

PS-critique is always welcome, but remember, I shot all these wide-open, so DOF is very thin. I would never do this normally. More like f/16..
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Old Aug 19, 2009, 4:33 AM   #2
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Looks like you did well. Congratulations.
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Last shot looks very crisp, well done on the purchase.
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Excellent images. You did good on your purchase.
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Looks like you did well. Congratulations.
Thanks TCav, you get the credit, because I have been listening to you tout this lens for years, so, naturally I had to find one. Thank you. Robert
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Last shot looks very crisp, well done on the purchase.
Thanks, Steve, for the favourable comment. I love your close-ups, especially the hovering bee and flower.. Robert
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Excellent images. You did good on your purchase.
Thanks, my friend. I just need a couple of sunny days (fat chance) to see what else I can find to shoot...

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Very nice Robert. I paid $166 for mine last summer on ebay. You did well!
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Old Aug 20, 2009, 3:46 PM   #9
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Very nice Robert. I paid $166 for mine last summer on ebay. You did well!
The whole reason I bought off Craigslist was so I could try before I buy. Seems that didn't work out too well....But this is a great lens, you didn't do badly either, after seeing the amounts some have sold for on Ebay...

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