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Old Dec 4, 2010, 3:39 PM   #11
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...there is also 24-85 f/3.5/4.5,anyone ever used it?
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It's got a touch more CA (purple fringing) than some newer lens designs in high contrast areas (for example, tree limbs against a bright sky), and the bokeh can be a bit "busy" in some conditions. But, it makes a pretty good "walk around" lens for most purposes (fast and accurate focus, good zoom range, etc.). I keep one on my A700 most of the time.
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Old Dec 4, 2010, 6:21 PM   #12
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so between 28-85 and 24-85 which one would be a better choice?
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Old Dec 4, 2010, 6:47 PM   #13
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That depends on what you want to shoot and where you can shoot from. Sometimes you can't back up far enough to get what you want in the frame using a lens starting out at 28mm (which would give you the same angle of view you'd have using a 42mm lens on a 35mm camera).

Sometimes, 24mm isn't wide enough either, especially for group photos of family and friends indoors in tighter spaces. Then, I have to break out a different lens so I can go wider. ;-)

I don't have the 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5. So, I haven't personally compared them. But, even if the IQ is better, I'd be hesitant to buy a lens starting out at 28mm for General Purpose use (as even 24mm is a bit long at times for my needs).
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Old Dec 4, 2010, 9:44 PM   #14
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24-85mm gives you wider coverage at the low end. The cost is about 3 time that of the 29-85mm f3.5/4.5. Here is a good one for $51 plus shipping.

http://cgi.ebay.com/MINOLTA-28-85mm-...81423553091223
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Awww... You can pick up a 24-85mm for around $100 if you're a good shopper.

keh.com has one for $126 in EX condition including hood and caps right now.

http://www.keh.com/camera/Minolta-Ma...09041954J?r=FE

They've got some without a hood for less if you browse through their listings (but, I'd suggest getting one with a hood to help with flare).

But, I'm not so sure the OP needs another lens after reviewing the earlier posts in this thread (comments about noise, etc., that would not be a lens issue), unless focal range is the main issue.

The 18-55mm is good lens from an optical quality perspective (much better than the older 18-70mm), and it's also relatively small and light.
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