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Post Options Post Options   Quote robertsmx Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2012 at 02:36
My cheap lens lineup...

Sigma 24mm/2.8 Super wide: My landscape prime, as well as a wide angle close up lens. Works well indoors as well. $40.
Industar-61 L/Z 50mm/2.8: Works fine as a portrait and an occasional close up lens. $40.
Jupiter-37A 135mm/3.5: I like it as a portrait lens. $50. The only lens I'd replace this with would be Sony (or Minolta) 135 STF.

That makes for half of my collection of prime lenses, three lenses for a total of $130.
A55|16-50mm SSM|18-250mm HSM|50mm 1.4|70mm 2.8 Macro|135mm 2.8 STF|200mm 2.8 HS||NEX-6|E 8mm 2.8|E 20mm 2.8|E 35mm 1.8|50mm 1.7 Planar|LA-EA2
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rebecca Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 January 2012 at 18:04
I am more confused than anything about buying on line. I actually had two packages delivered the day my lens got stolen: one from Amazon, one an eBay purchase. Amazon went way above what they needed to do. They told me -- with no hassle at all from me -- that they were going to refund the purchase price. Amazon.com didn't steal anything. They delivered my purchase and it was stolen by someone else. But they had the money back in my account before the day was over.

With the eBay seller, who also did nothing wrong, it looks like I've just lost the money I paid for the lens. No lens. No money. Nothing but an empty wallet and regrets.

It wasn't either seller's responsibility to refund for someone else's theft, and I'm not mad at the seller who did nothing.

But I am unafraid to buy again from Amazon. As for EBay, their bargains are too expensive.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Introspect Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 January 2012 at 21:04
Rebbeca as I pointed in my previous message I get very nervous buying online to, but the solution for me is that I go to the agency to get my package in person, I doesn't wanted delivered to my home because takes more time and could happen something like what happened to you. Over here there is a insurance that the delivery company has to offer (a limited amount of money, but some is better that nothing). You should ask about that...

The sony alternative to the minolta 50 f1,7 is very cheap, and you could get it new, I think that could work as a portrait lens... one advice that I could give you is to play with your camera adjusting the contrast, sharpness and saturation, especially in creative modes... when I started doing that my sony 18-55 became a better lens and I was very happy with the jpgs right of the camera...

in post processing over here there is a very good guide called "Midnight Something" that I find very useful to give a more especial look to the photos, here is the link:
     http://www.dyxum.com/columns/articles/darkroom/MIPR/Midnight_Something/Midnight_Something.asp

hope the moderators are ok with me putting the link over here...

Hope this help to make your photography more fun... greetings


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Post Options Post Options   Quote amour217 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 January 2012 at 17:14
Hey everyone,

Long time lurker and this is my first post on the site. As a total newbie, here's my current cheap lineup:

Sony a230

18-55 kit lens (came with camera)
Minolta 35-70 f4 $25 (Goodwill)
Minolta 50 f1.7 $25 (CraigsList)
Quantaray 75-300 f4-5.6 $20 (Goodwill)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote abortabort Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 February 2012 at 02:07
Originally posted by Steve-S Steve-S wrote:

Originally posted by abortabort abortabort wrote:

Wanting to add - short tele prime; either Sony 85mm 2.8 or Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro

Would you rather have the fast-AF, or the macro-capability? As far as their short-tele / portrait / etc use, they're probably nearly identical. IMHO the Tammy has slightly-superior bokeh when OOF highlights are bright: the otherwise-smooth background blurs on the SAL have bright edges, that I don't care for (e.g. about halfway down the page here (mediman30's shot#4, the leaf w/ dewdrops)).


- Steve S.


Sorry I didn't see this reply. I think the 1:1 macro would be useful occasionally, but I was more thinking about it for it's MFD. I am now considering the Samyang/Rokinon 85mm f1.4. I have never minded MF (though in later years found it a pain without a MF screen) I do actually find myself using MF lenses on my NEX all the time, including A-Mounts that AF, simply because I find it faster and more reliable in a lot of situations. Now that my a65 is arriving today, I can foresee me using MF a lot more in the future, so the extra 2 stops (well not quite) are probably worth it for similar money to the other two, opinions?

Also adding to my cheap lineup -
Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 - $200
Sigma 600mm f8 Mirror Lens - $50

My last lenses for a while will be the short tele prime and maybe a wide, thinking Samyang 14mm 2.8, I have read really good things about these, any opinions? I don't want add any lenses to my collection that are not full frame as I want to snap up an a900 when the a99 (or whatever) comes out (barring of course my current DT lenses 35, 50 and 55-200).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bcrawford92 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 February 2012 at 00:17
My lens lust has been sated for quite some time with the following lineup. To get much better in terms of reach, sharpness, bokeh, and aperture, I'd have to spend as much on a single lens as I paid for my whole collection.

Sony A580

Minolta 50/1.7
Minolta 70-210 F/4 Beercan (bought with 50/1.7 for $150)
Minolta 28-135 F4-4.5 Secret Handshake ($200)
Sony 35/1.8 ($175)
Tamron 11-18 F4.5-5.6 ($350)

Grand total for a range of 11-210mm with sharp glass: $875

If you're patient, (and an obsessive Craigslist and forum lurker) you can build up a respectable collection without resorting to buying any full-price lenses that "everyone" says you have to buy.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote shooters.desireIN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 February 2012 at 03:25
i was in a big financial bind and i had to sell pretty much everything i worked for which included a A77 camera. 3 months later i finally got back on the saddle when i was able to sell my sony hx100v so here's what i got for startes. After spend 5 hours searching for the camera that will do what i need it to do i settled for a Sony A500 & 18-55 lens for 412.00 includes shipping from amazon.com
Then i got a 50 1.7 lens and a 70-210f4 for 166.00
well thats my starter package. Stay tuned for more updates as we start to make more money :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote abortabort Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 March 2012 at 05:38
Also adding to my line-up Tokina 20-35mm f2.8 - $99
Looks really nice, can't wait to take it home for a play :)

Now -

Minolta 20mm 2.8 - $90
Minolta 24mm 2.8 - $90
Sony 50mm 1.8 - $95 New
Sony 35mm 1.8 - $160 New
Sony 55-200 SAM - $100 (with camera)
Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 $200
Tokina 20-35mm 2.8 $99
Sigma 600mm f8 mirror $50


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Post Options Post Options   Quote MedsRX Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 March 2012 at 06:10
Hiya!
So it goes:
1. Sony 18-55. (This is not to be sneezed at, a more than respectable kit lens. Sharp sharp.) "Free" with Sony a33
2. Minolta 35-105 F3.5-4.5 (great color, OK sharpness, small for travel) 50usd ex condition from KEH
3. Minolta 70-210 F3.5-4.5 (beauty color, super sharp, lightweight and reasonable build. Pretty comparable to the beercan minus the heft) 110usd EX condition KEH
4. Minolta 50 1.7 (awesome color, superb sharpness, fun bokeh, versatile and great portability) 80usd ex condition KEH
5. Minolta 28 2.8 (nice color, respectable sharpness, good "normal" lens on aps-c, sadly underrated) 80usd ex condition KEH.
I love cheap gear. Can't help it. Its part of my roots to bargain shop and push what I can to the edge!
God Bless!!

Gear: Various Alpha mount and Olympus Digital and Film cameras. Lens and other goodies collections grow daily.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote luke781 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 March 2012 at 15:45
I sold my canon 1100d and bought the SLT-A35 last week. This is the perfect forum for me because Im a college student and money is tight.

As of now this is what I'm using:

1 Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 ($215 aud) new

I bought body only and got this lens, because it was cheaper than the twin lens kit and i thought it would be a lot more convenient. The photos are ok, but in many cases it is soft and there is noticeable CA on the longer focal lengths. Its also loud, and hunts in low light.

2 Minolta 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 $65 (aud) used
Just got this today and its a respectable lens, the long focal range is useful. Its the newer silver one with 8 pins. I find that its a bit slow to focus but its not too bad.

Looking for:

Minolta 50mm f1.7 or Sony DT 50mm f1.8
After hours of reading different forums the general consensus is that the newer sony lens is better. Ive been trying to find a good deal on the minolta but on ebay they all seem to be going for just a bit over $100, so im not sure if its worth buying at that price since a new sony 1.8 is around $150 online (is there anywhere cheaper?) and it would be brand new and have a warranty.

Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
This would seem like a great walk about lens, it would also be great in low light.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stol2004 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 March 2012 at 15:59
I use a Sony A580 + some beercan serie lenses like
Minolta 24 mm F2.8
Minolta 50 mm F1,7
Minolta 28-135 mm F4-F4,5 The legend :P
Minolta 35-70 mm F4 Baby Beercan
Minolta 35-105mm F3,5-F4,5 Perfect for portraits
Minolta 100-200 mm F4,5 Easier than the Beercan
Minolta 70-210 mm F4 Beercan
Minolta 35-80 mm F3,5-5,6 Micro
Minolta XI 24-80 mm F3,5 - F 4,5
Minolta XI 80-200mm F 4,5-5,6 - Got it with the one above together with a Minolta camera 50xi for 20 euros so are good in case i wanna take pictures in dirty places where i dont wanna take care of the lenses.
Sony 18-55 mm kit ones
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pureaxis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 March 2012 at 16:02
My cheap lens are:

Minolta 50 F3.5 macro
Minolta 28-105 RS
Minolta 100-200 F4.5

All cost about $130 each

Still trying to find a cheap 20mm 2.8
Sony Alpha A65 | Minolta Alpha 7 Ver. 2 + VC-7 | Carl Zeiss 16-80 | Sigma 8-16 | Minolta 35 F2 RS | Minolta 28 F2 RS | Minolta 50 F3.5 Macro | Minolta 28-105 RS | Minolta 100-200 F4.5
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Post Options Post Options   Quote robertsmx Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 March 2012 at 16:58
Originally posted by luke781 luke781 wrote:

I sold my canon 1100d and bought the SLT-A35 last week. This is the perfect forum for me because Im a college student and money is tight.

As of now this is what I'm using:

1 Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 ($215 aud) new

I bought body only and got this lens, because it was cheaper than the twin lens kit and i thought it would be a lot more convenient. The photos are ok, but in many cases it is soft and there is noticeable CA on the longer focal lengths. Its also loud, and hunts in low light.

2 Minolta 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 $65 (aud) used
Just got this today and its a respectable lens, the long focal range is useful. Its the newer silver one with 8 pins. I find that its a bit slow to focus but its not too bad.

Looking for:

Minolta 50mm f1.7 or Sony DT 50mm f1.8
After hours of reading different forums the general consensus is that the newer sony lens is better. Ive been trying to find a good deal on the minolta but on ebay they all seem to be going for just a bit over $100, so im not sure if its worth buying at that price since a new sony 1.8 is around $150 online (is there anywhere cheaper?) and it would be brand new and have a warranty.

Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
This would seem like a great walk about lens, it would also be great in low light.

Welcome luke781!

Is there a reason you're looking at 50mm/1.8? Personally, I would recommend 35mm/1.8 for the right angle of view on APS-C. I'd a Minolta 50mm/1.7 which I replaced with Sony 50mm/1.4 but realized that 35mm/1.8 was better choice for my A55. And IIRC, I paid about $175 (USD) delivered, for it. The Minolta 50mm/1.7 may make more sense only if you plan on ever switching to full frame any time soon. With 35mm/1.8 at hand, I would recommend getting something fast in 85mm range instead, and skip the 50. Even Sony 85/2.8 may do it for less. Or, if you're not averse to manual lenses, one of the fantastic oldies, even M42 mount.

And IMO, getting camera body only and coupling it with a one-lens-does-it-all was a good idea. Although, the 18-200 is likely to be larger/heavier than the kit lens. I got rid of my kit lens (18-55) when I bought Sigma 18-250. Neither has an advantage in speed, but the Sigma provides the reach although at the expense of bulk/weight.

Edited by robertsmx - 30 March 2012 at 17:03
A55|16-50mm SSM|18-250mm HSM|50mm 1.4|70mm 2.8 Macro|135mm 2.8 STF|200mm 2.8 HS||NEX-6|E 8mm 2.8|E 20mm 2.8|E 35mm 1.8|50mm 1.7 Planar|LA-EA2
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Post Options Post Options   Quote luke781 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 March 2012 at 17:25
Hi robert,

thanks for your reply :)

did you buy the 35mm 1.8 for $175 new? the cheapest i could find online is about $205 delivered new. the only reason i want to get the 50mm is because its cheaper hehe, im also looking at the minolta 28mm f2.8 but i cant find any good deals on ebay.
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