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    Posted: 10 March 2013 at 02:30
I understand that the Minolta AF 85mm f/1.4 GD LE is the most rare of the Minolta AF lenses made...I think about 700 or so were made...I recently got a 200mm f/4 Macro, that I hardly see mentioned or sold anywhere...How rare are these? Are there lenses that are more rare? I got lucky and just stumbled on this lens....I know it is something special, but where does it belong on the list of rare Minolta AF lenses...I would like to see a list of these rare lenses...

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Yes indeed, the 200/4 is quite rare. And more importantly, it is far more significant in the Minolta lineup than the 85/1.4 because the latter was simply a special edition with a low production run, but there are at least 3 other Minolta versions of the 85/1.4 which are very similar, though not identical, in terms of IQ and everything else. In other words,the LE was designed to be a collector's item but wasn't filling a new hole of any sort. The 200/4 on the other hand, is indeed unique. There are no other Minolta macro's of that focal length. The next longest is the 100/2.8M of which there are at least 3 versions.

While on the topic of rare Minolta lenses, I would contend that the 3X-1X is even more rare and is an extremely unique lens, being the only macro ever designed by Minolta that has magnification greater than 1:1. Of course this is an extremely specialized lens and obviously isn't for everyone. But if you want "rare" it definitely qualifies.

Other significantly rare Minolta lenses might include the 6oomm and complete collections of the f/2 series (28mm, 35mm, and 100mm) but none of them are as hard to find at the three mentioned above. And I guess any discussion of rare Minolta stuff wouldn't be complete without mentioning the space series. When a Japanese astronaut went into space he took with him a Minolta SLR and lens combo that were all white. Later Minolta manufactured and marketed a limited number of these white "space" kits. There is nothing particularly special about the camera and lens other than the paint job, but they are technically a commemorative item with limited production run so they are somewhat rare.
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That space kit also had a matching white flash, a 5400xi, I believe.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gaging Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 March 2013 at 05:15
Another Minolta AF lens that seems to be more rare than most is the 100mm f/2.8 Soft Focus. It is a unique special purpose lens, and I am lucky to own one.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote revdocjim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 March 2013 at 05:21
Yup, the space kit did have a white flash. And I believe the collector value is even better if you can find one with the original box, which was somewhat special as well.

And gaging, you are right. I forgot to mention the softy. I've handled 2 or 3 over the years but never pulled the trigger on one.

Of course in the bigger picture the STF is extremely rare because there is no other lens like it by any manufacturer. Fortunately it is not hard to find!!

And along similar bigger picture terms, the 500/8 is very rare because it is an AF reflex. Once again, not hard to find though.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Michael Johansson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 March 2013 at 05:23
I would like to add the Minolta 85mm/2,8 Varisoft (manual focus) and Minolta 100mm/2,8 Softfocus (AF) as quite rare.


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Edited by Michael Johansson - 10 March 2013 at 05:26
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Post Options Post Options   Quote revdocjim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 March 2013 at 05:26
Minolta 85/2.8 varisoft??? Is that an alpha mount lens?
If we expand the discussion to pre-AF lenses I imagine there will be others but I don't know that stuff very well.
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the Minolta AF 3x-1x 1.7-2.8 Macro is also very rare an special lens
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Michael Johansson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 March 2013 at 07:25
I awfully sorry if I misinterpreted the title of this thread to just be about Minolta AF. Of course this is a forum for the Alpha mount so I should have known better.

Sorry, shall try to not cross that limit again.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hobgoblin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 March 2013 at 08:55
Originally posted by revdocjim revdocjim wrote:

Yup, the space kit did have a white flash. And I believe the collector value is even better if you can find one with the original box, which was somewhat special as well.



I know that the white set was first seen in space but the boxed set I have doesn't reflect that at all. Were there more than one boxes used for the set? I mean the outer box, not the inner boxes.

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Originally posted by Photosopher Photosopher wrote:

That space kit also had a matching white flash, a 5400xi, I believe.


the camera was a dynax/maxxum 8000i , the lens was a 35-105mm and the flash was a 5200i.
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Was Konica Minolta 35mm F/1.4 G ever actually released?
If so - than this too would be one of the rarest lenses (specifically: Konica-Minolta one, not Minolta).


Oh, and that space camera was Dynax 8000i "Mir" - it run with Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 in white and 5200i flash, also white.
Here's a picture of it: flickr

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The Dynax 8000i Prestige Limited Edition (as the "white series" was officially named) was more a marketing gimmick for Christmas than a real collectors' item, as it was produced in way too high numbers to be ever counted as rare. 20.000 of these kits were produced, and they are therefore quite easy to find on the used market today for about 100 - 150 Euro.

The Prestige kit offered in 1990-12 consisted of a white 8000i, a white AF Zoom 3.5-4.5/35-105mm New, and a white Program Flash 5200i. However, the kit that Toyohiro Akiyama actually took with him when he visited Mir included three lenses and in black finish, the AF Zoom 4/24-50mm, AF Zoom 3.5-4.5/35-105mm (New?), and AF Zoom 4.5-5.6/100-300mm. The flash was a Program Flash 3200i and the camera (actually white) was a α-8700i. The kit was not returned to Earth.

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Originally posted by Sky_walker Sky_walker wrote:

Was Konica Minolta 35mm F/1.4 G ever actually released?
If so - than this too would be one of the rarest lenses (specifically: Konica-Minolta one, not Minolta).

The Konica Minolta 1.4/35mm G (D) was announced on 2005-07-15, but never released under that name.

http://www.mi-fo.de/forum/index.php?showtopic=21188&view=findpost&p=230717 (includes a photo of the lens)

It only existed as a functioning soon to be released prototype in 2005, and was re-announced as Sony Alpha 1.4/35mm G (SAL-35F14G) by Sony on 2006-06-05/06 and released in 2006-10.

Most probably, the Konica Minolta 1.4/35mm G (D) shared the lens ID of the Sony, 43, but we may never know. It's predecessor Minolta 1.4/35mm G New still had lens ID 19, but it was a slightly different optical design. (The only other possibly "free" lens IDs between 19 and 43 are 21, 26, 34 and 37.)

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