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Old Jul 3, 2010, 1:09 PM   #11
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This may be a stupid question but what do the *55 and *62 mean?

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That's the filter diameter you'd need for any screw on filters you wanted to use on them (Polarizer filters, etc.). They sometimes show that in their lens listings. If it's not shown and you're curious, just look at the manufacturer's specifications for a given lens model.

If you look at the lens lists at dyxum.com, you can click on a given lens model to see it's specifications, as well as links to user reviews and sample images when any have been posted there by Sony and Minolta dSLR users. Not all lenses have complete specs. But, many do.

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Old Jul 3, 2010, 2:06 PM   #13
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You are too kind.

I've had the Minolta 28-85 and been pleased with it, but it wasn't quite wide enough for me, and at the time I couldn't find any of the Minotla 24-85 lenses.

My favorite, though, was the Minolta 70-210mm f/4.0 1:4 Macro lens, commonly referred to as the 'Beercan'. No A-mount system is complete without one.
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after a quick review of my upcoming expenditures, my budget has been sliced so I will only be getting one lens.

I have it down to a couple:

24-85 F3.5-4.5 I (62) WITH HOOD, CAPS, 35MM SLR AUTO FOCUS ZOOM WIDE ANGLE LENS


28-105 F3.5-4.5 I (62) W/HOOD, CAPS, 35MM SLR AUTO FOCUS ZOOM WIDE ANGLE LENS

Both have the same aperture and are close enough on the low end of the focal range. Both are in "EX" condition. Since I need it for a wedding (family not professional) I will be making a decision tomorrow.

Thank you all for all your advice.
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Old Jul 4, 2010, 6:02 AM   #15
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Between the two, the 28-105 is 22% longer, but the 24-85 is 14% wider, and I'd say that, for wedding shots, wider is better, especially in crowded reception halls.
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After reading all the reviews on Dyxum.com, I decided to go with the 28-105mm. I realize it isn't quite as wide but one determining factor was my budget. The 28-105 was about $40 cheaper and it was rated a little higher overall. Both lenses were highly rated so I am not sure there would have been a "wrong" decision.

This is only my second lens purchase and my first of a used lens so I hope it goes well. I love the 50mm 1.8 prime I got last summer and hope this turns out to be a great walk around lens.

Thanks again for all the advice and information!!!
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KEH is a great outfit to do business with. I'm sure you'll be pleased. Good luck.
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The lens arrived yesterday. I played around with it a little last night and took it on a nature walk with the kids this morning...so far so good. The walk was through a very wooded area so there were a lot of shadows to deal with but I like it so far.

The 28mm doesn't seem too narrow (yet) and I love the extra reach to 105mm.
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Glad to hear it. I'm looking forward to seeing some.
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Here is a quick sample set.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1553321...7624341042761/

I am very much a novice and any feedback is more than welcome.
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