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Old May 6, 2011, 9:25 PM   #1
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I am a Pentax shooter with a fairly extensive set of lenses but few match the quality of my first series Minolta Maxxum lenses. I have the 50mm f1.7, the 35-70mm f4 and the 70-210mm f4 (beercan with crossed XX) which were excellent on my Minolta Maxxum 5000 and 7000. I am considering the a55 because it is sufficiently different from my Pentax gear to fill a different niche. Does anyone have any experience with these lenses on the a55 or a33? What I want to know is are these lenses up to the challenge of a 16MP camera? I know the AF will not be any where near as fast as a modern motorized lens but will it still provide good performance (all of my Pentax lenses are camera driven AF, I don't have any SDM lenses).

I am very seriously considering this since these lenses have been so good in the past, let me know if they have a future.

BTW I am not switching from Pentax, in the film era I was a Pentax MF shooter with the Minolta AF cameras as a "modern" (for its day) addition. The SLT camera would serve a similar purpose in the digital age.
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Old May 7, 2011, 12:07 AM   #2
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Here are a couple of images taken with the f4 Beercan. I think you would be happy with the focus response, I am.
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Furd, great shots! Ira, here are some I took with my Sony A300 and beercan. I could always be wrong, but since the lenses you have were originally intended for 35mm, I can't see the sensor out-resolving any of those lenses.



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Old May 7, 2011, 1:22 AM   #4
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Thanks Furd and Robert, I think this is nearly a sure thing now.
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Hey Robert
That's a great easter shot of Bella. Mom and Dad should have a 8x10 of that one.

I sold my beercan and replaced it with the new Sony 55-200 SAM. I think the new lens is a little sharper and a lot lighter, but sharpness alone does not make a great shot. That old beercan definitely gave me some great shots. I still have the 35-70/4, another nice small lens.

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Hey Robert
That's a great easter shot of Bella. Mom and Dad should have a 8x10 of that one.

I sold my beercan and replaced it with the new Sony 55-200 SAM. I think the new lens is a little sharper and a lot lighter, but sharpness alone does not make a great shot. That old beercan definitely gave me some great shots. I still have the 35-70/4, another nice small lens.

35-70 f/4 @ 35mm, ISO 400 -2ev, f/16, 1/60
Thanks Mike. That shot was Easter a year ago. That 55-200 seems to be a very good lens, and it has two things going for it. It's newer, and lighter. As it stands now, the only way I will give up my beercan is if I jump the Sony ship, and I doubt seriously that will ever happen. That doesn't mean I might not look at that lens, though as an addition, rather than a replacement. I love the colors I get from the beercan. How are the colors from the Sony lens?

PS Great shot from that 35-70, another great lens!
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