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Old Jun 29, 2006, 12:14 PM   #1
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A little while ago i was able to get a 75-300 4.5/5.6"stovepipe" lens for my 5D through the pawnshop i work in. Yesterday we got in an almost new Minolta lens, the same as my older lens, but the new version. i am sorely tempted to trade in the oldstovepipe for this newer lighter weight version, but if theolder oneis a better lens i will keep it, and save the bucks on trading for the newer lens.

Is there really much of a difference between my olderlens and the newer Minolta lens?

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Old Jun 29, 2006, 12:39 PM   #2
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You mean 70-210mm f/4, right?
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Old Jun 29, 2006, 12:51 PM   #3
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Nope, it's a 75-300 mm 4.5/5.6.
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Old Jun 29, 2006, 1:02 PM   #4
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The "beercan" is the 70-210mm f/4, and is one of the more desirable zooms in this focal range.

The 75-300mm f/4-5.6 is not referred to as the beercan (at least not in any Minolta forums I've participated in). But, since it's a nickname, you may find different groups referring to lenses differently. lol

It looks like this lens (75-300mm f/4-5.6) is usually less than $100 in excellent condition (and KEH has several in stock for around $100 with hood and caps now).

The "beercan" (70-210mm f/4) has been selling for about twice as much (or sometimes even more) lately.

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Old Jun 29, 2006, 1:14 PM   #5
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my bad...i should have corrected that to "stovepipe", which is more appropriate i think! :O
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Old Jun 29, 2006, 8:28 PM   #6
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If it's this first generation 75-300 with the limiter switch, then it's great lens with comparable IQ to the beercan. Hold on to it as they are hard to find. I really like mine.
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Old Jun 30, 2006, 12:20 AM   #7
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Thanks nooner! Yep, that's my lens! It looks like i got lucky with that find then!
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Old Jun 30, 2006, 4:51 AM   #8
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On dpreview.com's KM forum, that particular lens is known as the "big beercan."

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The 75-300mm f/4-5.6 is not referred to as the beercan (at least not in any Minolta forums I've participated in). But, since it's a nickname, you may find different groups referring to lenses differently. lol
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Thanks Ravenfalls...the dpreview does have several threads referring to it as the "Big" Beercan, with some good information! :-)
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You're welcome...FWIW, I just purchased the same lens off eBay, and received it this morning. Preliminary tests look quite good indeed.


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