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Old Nov 19, 2005, 2:13 PM   #1
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I just ordered a 5D with the 18-70mm lens kit. I need a zoom lens that goes to at least 200mm, and want to spend around $200-250 (used is fine with me). I shoot photos of pool players, so it must do well in low light. I don't do a lot of action shots, but I do shoot outdoor landscapes also. Is the 18-70mm lens that come with the camera a good one, or should I buy a seperate lens? (My camera hasn't shipped yet, so I can cancel & reorder body-only). I went to the dyxum page but there was so much information I was a bit overwhelmed! Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old Nov 19, 2005, 5:58 PM   #2
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'kit' 18-70 is a decent lens and well priced

here are your options for 200mm zoom:

used 70-200mm f4 (not the 3.5-4.5) about $125

used 80-200mm f2.8 APO about $750

step down in quality/speed:

75-300mm f 4.5-5.6 $150 new
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Old Nov 19, 2005, 8:22 PM   #3
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I also saw a lens reviewed on the Dynax site, it is a KM AF 70-210/4 lens. Is that also a good lens? I would really like something that has more than 200mm zoom, but I can settle for 200 if that is the only good lens I can get in my price range. Are there any lenses that are closer to 300mm or is that asking too much?
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Old Nov 20, 2005, 9:23 AM   #4
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the 70-210 is a very good lens and, with the 1.5x digital multiplier, will be the equivalent of a (film 35mm) 300mm f4 !!!!!!!!
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Old Nov 20, 2005, 2:46 PM   #5
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I've just done a wedding (my first) with the Minolta 5D and kit lens.
http://members.iinet.net.au/~sissell/index.html Go to Galleries - Weddings, only four images. I'm very pleased with the kit lens..
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Old Nov 20, 2005, 8:30 PM   #6
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The 70-210 F4 or the first all metal KM 75-300.
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Old Nov 20, 2005, 9:18 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the input, I called some local camera stores today and one has a used 70-210 F4 for $75. I will be heading over there first thing in the morning! If I get such a good deal on the 70-210, I might get the 300 also.

Nooner - how do I know if a lens is a first KM metal 75-300? What is the F stop on that lens? I would love to get another lens that has that much zoom, but I want to make sure it's a good lens. Thanks again for all the help!
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Use this link and scroll down to the 75-300 4.5-5.6 made in 1986. It is as good as the 70-210 F4but itgoes to 300mm.

http://www.mhohner.de/minolta/lenses.php?lang=e
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Old Nov 21, 2005, 6:00 PM   #9
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I just bought the 70-210 F4 (for $75 ). I haven't had any luck yet finding the 75-300 used, so I was considering buying a 1.5x or 2x converter to use with the 70-210. What are the tradeoffs using the converter vs. a longer telephoto lens? The converters seem to be relatively inexpensive, but I'm not sure how the image quality & low light performance would be. Any particular converter that you guys would recommend? Thanks again for helping me keep my sanity :?!
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Using a 2x converter on the 70-210 F4 makes it a F8 and causes it to AF poorly. It would not be very good in low light. If you like to shoot pool players look around for 50 f1.7 used. Sharp and good in low light plus cheap.Kit lens shot:arrow:
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