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Old Jan 20, 2010, 5:06 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by JimC View Post
Wrong lens. You're looking at a listing for a 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 (since they have one at $133 now), not a less expensive 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6 like the OP is asking about. ;-)
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Old Jan 20, 2010, 5:15 PM   #12
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Supply and demand. ;-)

The 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6 AF lenses are very inexpensive on the used market (as are most other Minolta AF zoom lenses with that general brightness).

Minolta made some 16 Million Autofocus lenses over the years, and because KM and Sony are the "new kids on the block" in the dSLR market niche, you can still find those types of lenses at bargain prices. It's not uncommon to see more listings for used Autofocus lenses in Minolta AF (a.k.a., Maxxum, Dynax, Minolta A) mount, compared to AF lenses for Nikon and Canon mount. Pentax tends to have the lowest number of AF lenses available at vendors of used gear (although you can find lots of manual focus lenses for them).

Some of the more desirable Minolta AF lenses have increased in price over the last few years. But, the lenses the OP is asking about do not fall into that category (they're very plentiful on the used market and aren't worth much).
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