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Old Mar 31, 2006, 7:29 PM   #1
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Besides the obvious extra zoom, what does a Maxxum 100-300 4.5-5.6 buy you over a 70-210 3.5-4.5? Both are older lenses and have the focus lock button.
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Besides the zoom range, not a thing. It is a bit more dim, but that is the cost of focal length. The 100-300 if it is the APO version is still a very nice lens. Even the non APO version is no piece of junk. If it is a choice between the two, you may be better served with the 70-210, you can always get a teleconverter later and increase it's effective zoom at the cost of 1 stop. (it would be 140-400 f5.0 - 6.4 )I think I'm going to be looking to one of the longer lenses for above 210mm. Perhaps the 50-500 Sigma or 200-400 Tamron.That 50-500 is kinda cool because it takes the place of several other lenses in my bagif I want to lighten myload.
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Old Apr 1, 2006, 3:08 PM   #3
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Thanks, I already have the 70-210, but i saw a clean 100-300 from the same dealer and wondered if it would be worth adding. Who makes a good converter these days?
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If it's a 100-300 APO D I would say yes. If not, don't bother.
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Old May 8, 2006, 9:31 PM   #5
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The image quality on the version of the 70-210 zoom that I own is inferior. I noticed it while enlarging some Tech Pan images that I took at Stonehenge. The problem was confirmed by reviews on the internet.

From what I have been told (and tend to verify myself with testing) newer versions of the 100-300 are superior. I haven't seen much on the older, slower version of the 100-300.

Other Minolta lenses that I own also exhibit excellent resolution and sharpness.
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