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Old Sep 23, 2005, 12:59 PM   #11
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My input on "cheap" lenses:

They are a great bargain, especially on reduced frame dSLRs, since they crop out the worst parts of the lens. Stop down to f8 (pretty easy to do when you have anti-shake) and you'd be hard pressed to know its not a lens worth a lot more (unless you really know what you're looking for).

I think a 300mm might be a bit more than you need for a potrait lens, but a 200mm might serve you well. Personally, I use a 50mm 90% of the time; pano stitching makes the need for a wide angle disappear.

To bernabeu: How do you find that 500mm reflex works for you? I'm considering one myself. I'm familiar with how they work and what kind of results they give, but I'm not aware of how they are in practice.
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Old Sep 24, 2005, 3:27 PM   #12
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Well I bought the KM 7D. Been click'n around the houseto see what it can do.

It came bundled with a 28-100 Minolta lens.

I'll print your lens suggestions and save them for later reference...

Having a SLR opens up a whole new deminsion when you can change lens.

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Old Sep 24, 2005, 5:59 PM   #13
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LesGirrior,

Minolta's Auto Focus Reflex (mirror) 500mm f8 is a terrific lens at $550 new.

I use it with the KM 7D set for iso 400 (minimum noise!) for bird and macro shooting.

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Old Sep 25, 2005, 5:36 PM   #14
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Nice shot! Are you shooting Adobe RGB or Natural +?

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Old Sep 26, 2005, 1:13 PM   #15
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I'm wondering about things like: How heavy is it? How fast is the autofocus? What kinds of shutter speeds can you get good results from? How easy is it to manual focus?
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Old Sep 27, 2005, 5:55 AM   #16
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re: minolta AF reflex 500mm f8

weight/build quality - very light weight/portable - excellent quality, S/S mount

Auto Focus - only uses 'center' spot - quick enough for birding - accurate

manual focus - easily managed rubber ring at front of ring - smooth

shutter speed required: depends upon subject distanc and skill of user

i get excellent results from 1/1000s and faster

(i adjust by varying the iso setting)

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Old Sep 27, 2005, 5:56 AM   #17
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i am shooting .MRW (RAW)
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Old Sep 27, 2005, 5:59 AM   #18
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i am shooting .MRW (minolta's RAW format)

my 'sweet spot' lens isthe Maxum 35-70 f4 macro (out of production)

(NOT the 3.5-4.5 version)
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