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3 new old lenses

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Forum Name: A-mount lenses
Forum Description: For A-mount lens discussions
Printed Date: 09 February 2023 at 03:42

Topic: 3 new old lenses
Posted By: glefebvre
Subject: 3 new old lenses
Date Posted: 22 September 2022 at 00:23
I just got 3 A-mount lenses:

Sony 50mm f/1.4
Minolta 135mm f/2.8
Minolta 135mm f/2.8 [T4.5] STF

I got the 50mm to compare to my Minolta 50mm f/1.4. Overall the Sony seems to be a bit sharper with less of a washed out look at f/1.4 then the Minolta version.

Been wanting to get the "pocket rocket" for a while now. Wanted a smaller and lighter version of the 135 then the Sony/Zeiss 135mm f/1.8. The Zeiss lens is outstanding but heavy for a walk around/hiking lens. The Minolta is a pretty sharp lens by itself and if I had purchased this lens before the Zeiss, I probably wouldn't have gotten the Zeiss but who knows.

The STF is wonderfully sharp wide open. Will have to get used the manual focus of the lens but it seems pretty easy to get a sharp focus with it. Will have to play around with it to get used to it and get the best out of it.

Overall I am very happy with these 3 lenses.

a99m2 a7r a900 a77m2 7D RX100m7 A2 9 7 7xi 9000 XK X700x4 XE-7x2 XD-11 M645 Pro TLx2 & a boat load of lenses.

Posted By: Wētāpunga
Date Posted: 22 September 2022 at 06:57
You've found some nice gems there.
I don't have the Minolta STF but the Sony rebadged version, and it really is something special. It's sharp wide open and can do things with bokeh that can make images pop. When I used it with the a900 I did found an angle-finder (with magnifier) helped with the manual focus.

α7riii, α9, FX30- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF

Posted By: sploosher
Date Posted: 22 September 2022 at 17:17
I have the top 2 from your list, love shooting with the 50mm wide open, great bokeh, the pocket rocket is a cracking lens, so compact for a 135, and sharp as a tack, got mine for a bargain price.


A77ii,A700,A550,,3600HSD,Nissin Di866,Minolta 50mm 2.8 Macro,135,500,Sony50mm f1.4,Sony 70-300 G SSM, Sigma10-20,Tamron17-50mm f2.8,

Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 22 September 2022 at 19:07
I have both the Sony 50/1.4 and the Minolta 50/1.4. Never tested them side by side, but in daily use I didn't see a really noticeable difference. Never use eithe at f/1.4 as I keep them at f/2. But I have read others also saying the Sony is a little sharpers. Maybe I have a sharp Minolta or a less sharp Sony....

Why not follow me on Instagram? @Addy_101

Posted By: mariuszlo
Date Posted: 23 September 2022 at 03:17
I have both a Sony and a Minolta 50/14. I don't see any difference between them. But my Minolta is an RS version with a 55mm filter.

Sony A99II with Sony, Minolta, Sigma, Tamron A lenses, Sony A7R with Minolta MD lenses, Sony A6400 with Sony E lenses.

Posted By: skm.sa100
Date Posted: 25 September 2022 at 15:08
That's a nice set of legacy primes.

More Dyxumer, less photographer.

Posted By: angora
Date Posted: 25 September 2022 at 17:01
Congrats! and compliments! (I'm only familiar with the 'pocket rocket'. purchased years ago, and madly in love with it ever since.
a gem indeed!).
you know we expect you to show us results now, don't you?

I for one would love to see some comparison between the 135mm's?
THX? ;)

Posted By: hrstrat57
Date Posted: 02 October 2022 at 03:22
Pocket rocket is a dream boat,

Next up White Magic!

A700x2 Maxxum:50/1.7,28/2.8,35-105,24-105D,70-210/4/Sony:18-55/M42:Asanuma 135/2.8,Pentax 55/1.4,135/3.5, Nikon D300/D700 misc Nikkor lenses

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