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Based on my experience with the lenses I have owned, I would say that not all Minolta lenses have the same color rendition characteristics, as pointed earlier in this thread.
Here are lenses that are similar in color rendition to my eyes (not extensive- only the ones I have used):
- 35-70/4, 70-210/4, and 135/2.8 (classic Minolta colors, probably 28-85, 24-50, 28-135 and 35-105 behave the same?), later lenses like 24-85 (or 28-105) behave somewhat similarly, with some differences though
- 50/1.7, 50/1,4, reds are much deeper
- 100 macro rs, much higher contrast
- 80-200/2.8, 200/2.8, warmer tones, deeper colors (may apply to other G lenses :35/1,4, 85/1.4, 28-70/2.8, 17-35/3.5...)
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teejay, I think the 80-200 HS is actually more neutral than warm.
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I'd agree with teejay that the 200/2.8 has warmer- and to my mind more accurate- colour. (I find a lot of lens/sensor colours too cold and brash.)
I reckon that is the best lens I've ever used for colour -and just about everything else too!
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Do you think we can have a themed view thread about Minolta color?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Epic Win Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2010 at 13:11
Originally posted by teejay teejay wrote:

Based on my experience with the lenses I have owned, I would say that not all Minolta lenses have the same color rendition characteristics, as pointed earlier in this thread.
Here are lenses that are similar in color rendition to my eyes (not extensive- only the ones I have used):
- 35-70/4, 70-210/4, and 135/2.8 (classic Minolta colors, probably 28-85, 24-50, 28-135 and 35-105 behave the same?), later lenses like 24-85 (or 28-105) behave somewhat similarly, with some differences though
- 50/1.7, 50/1,4, reds are much deeper
- 100 macro rs, much higher contrast
- 80-200/2.8, 200/2.8, warmer tones, deeper colors (may apply to other G lenses :35/1,4, 85/1.4, 28-70/2.8, 17-35/3.5...)

To recap what you said with links to samples:

Classic Color: 35-70mm f/4, 70-210mm f/4, 135mm f/2.8, 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 RS, 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5, 24-50mm f/4, 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5, 28-135mm f/4-4.5

Deeper Reds: 50mm f/1.4 RS, 50mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.7 RS, 50mm f/1.7

Then you have the deeper color Minoltas 80-200mm f/2.8 HS APO G, 80-200mm f/2.8 APO, 200mm f/2.8 HS APO, 200mm f/2.8 APO

Highest contrast: 100mm f/2.8

I do see a pattern here, specially in the older lenses.
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