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Old Feb 2, 2006, 7:11 PM   #11
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Many thanks for your post. I have managed to locate the Minolta 70-210 F 4.0 and I have the Minolta 50mm F.1.7, now I will search for the Minolta 24mm F 2.0. That will make a nice collection. Thanks a lot.

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Old Feb 2, 2006, 8:53 PM   #12
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mtclimber,

my collection of minolta AF glass:

28mm f2.8 - ok

50mm f1.7 - excellent

28-100mm f4.5-5.6 (D) 'kit lens' - so-so knock around

35-70mm f4 macro - razor sharp

75-300mm f4.5-5.6 (D) 'kit lens' - crappy knock around

HS AF 80-200mm f2.8 APO - razor sharp, high contrast, excellent bokeh, 'fast'

AF Reflex 500mm f8 - very good, lightweight, extreme telephoto, for birding

(favorites are 35-70 f4 macroand 80-200 f2.8 APO)

this collection covers equivalent 42-750mm

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Old Feb 2, 2006, 9:33 PM   #13
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I still haven't decided on longer lenses. I wish I'd have bought one of the 70-210mm f/4's when they were under $100.00. ;-)

So far, I've got these:

Minolta 28mm f/2
50mm f/1.7
100mm f/2
135mm f/2.8
24-85mm f/3.5-4.5
35-70mm f/4 (just recently got it)
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 (kit lens)

Tamron 20-40mm f/2.7-3.5
35-105mm f/2.8

I probably use the 28mm f/2 more than any of them. I like that lens.

The 100mm f/2 is probably my best lens, (even though I don't use it as much)..

The Tamron 35-105mm f/2.8 is probably my least favorite lens (although it's OK stopped down some in better light). It would probably be a good lens for head shots and it's longer end is a bit better.. My copy may not be as good as some, as I haven't been impressed, and it's AF is iffy..

I may shop around at some of the Pawn Shops in the area and see if I can locate any jewels. I'll see if I can work out a trade for a Nikkor or two that I don't need anymore if I find something interesting on the longer end. LOL




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I'm quite happy so far with the Tokina AT-X 24-200mm f/3.5-5.6 on my 7D. I've got a couple galleries on PBase that were taken with this lens, you can check it out here:
http://www.pbase.com/rambler358
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Old Feb 3, 2006, 7:01 PM   #15
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Thanks for the link. Those are great photos. I have friend who has that lens on his Canon 350D/XT and really likes it. Thanks for the excellent suggestion, Rambler.

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Thanks for the link. Those are great photos. I have friend who has that lens on his Canon 350D/XT and really likes it. Thanks for the excellent suggestion, Rambler.

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Thanks MT. BTW, the site now has my "Day at Disneyland" pics there as well. And again, all taken with that Tokina.
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Old Feb 4, 2006, 6:00 PM   #17
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Rambler-

Many thanks, once more. After viewing the Disneyland folder, I am convinced. The Tokina 24-200mm lens may indeed be a good deal heavier, than other comparative lenses, but the quality shows through brillantly in your photos.

I have learned a lot, thanks toyour post.

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Old Feb 6, 2006, 3:52 PM   #18
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Just thought that I add, my primary walkaround Zoom is a Minolta AF 28-135 f4-4.5. Another one of those big, heavy zoom like the 70-210 f4. It is quite sharp wide open and has a usable, MF, macro mode on the wide end. Downside of the lens is its size and weight and with 72mm front thread, its hard to find hood/filter for it. For a almost 5x zoom it is very good throughout and I use this primarily to replace my kit lens. I've kitted out my collection to be redundent in several range with maybe a convenient one(easy to travel with)and a ideal one(quality) in most of the range. With the addition recently of a AF 24 2.8 I finally have a more or less quality wide-ish lens(out side of the 18mm of the kit).

My current list so far,

AF 24 2.8(wide angle, for those time I know 28mm x 1.5 is not wide enough)

*AF 50 1.7(Low Light)

AF 50 Macro 2.8 D(Macro only)

AF 18-70 3.5-5.6 DT(sit at home...lol)

*AF 28-135 4-4.5(primary walkaround)

AF 70-210 f4("Local" telephoto Zoom)

*AF 100-300 APO(Travelling Telephoto Zoom, use with 28-135)

AF 300 F4 G(Outdoor, local event lens, ie car racing on real track)

AF 500 F8 Reflex(Back up for when 300 x 1.5 is not enough)



* being the most used....
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Thanks for the post. I will try to find a Minolta 28-135mm lens, to give it a try. I am also considering the Tokina 24-200 lens, but wow! It weighes some 640grams by itself.

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Old Feb 7, 2006, 8:40 AM   #20
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What lens would be a good substitute for the Minolta 70-210mm f/4?* This lens seems to be quite the "unicorn" to find.* I have been checking my regular stops at the used camera sites, just keeping an eye out.
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