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    Posted: 14 January 2020 at 09:57
Hi Everyone,

After a couple of years shooting MF Minolta lenses, I'm going autofocus to keep shooting film during my next trips.

Regarding lenses, I'm considering always having a 50mm 1.4 with me (I plan to shoot ISO 100 slides) but I need a small form factor zoom to carry with me at the same time.

Do you have recommendations for a small sub $100 AF zoom?

Sorry I'm super new to this mount so I need to relearn all the options. :)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote paso144 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2020 at 10:39
I think the Minolta 24-50F4 might suit your needs. Very compact, nice wide angle on full-frame and pretty decent sharpness. You can get them <100$

There are a few for sale on www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de for around 80 euros.
Seeing your from France that might be an option.

Edited by paso144 - 14 January 2020 at 10:43
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2020 at 11:11
The three zooms that I tend to use are the Minolta 24-85mm RS , 24-105mm D or the 28-105mm RS zooms .
Depending on my needs and reach .
For telephoto I tend to carry my Minolta 100-300mm APO D .
A third lens , if only three are carried would be the Minolta 50mm f/3.5 macro .
All nice lenses , work well , and prices seem to be getting lower by the day .

The 24-50mm mentioned above tends to live on my Dynax 60 (Maxxum 70), a small light lens with works well on the smaller body .
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@neilt3, yep also a big fan of the 28-105RS. Great lens and you can pick these up for around 60 euros nowadays. Make sure you get the right version, just check the Dyxum lens database.

https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anzeige/minolta-af-28-105-3-5-4-5-top-zustand-fuer-konica-minolta/1298568722-245-1520

not mine

Edited by paso144 - 14 January 2020 at 12:43
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LeReilly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2020 at 14:04
Ah, thanks for the recommandations!

I'm curious about going all the way to 24.
I've never went below 28 so this is interesting. I'll check it out!

(and yeah I'm mostly looking for good sharpness and small form factor)
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I would be looking for a 28-135mm...
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More range might be nice. Though on my last trip all I took was a 50mm prime. All of the zooms mentioned are fine. You might be able to find a Tamron SP 24-135 for around that price. The 28-300 PZD would be too expensive. I have a good copy of the Tokina 35-200. I am not familiar with 2x-200's and 28-300's.

Originally posted by LeReilly LeReilly wrote:

(and yeah I'm mostly looking for good sharpness and small form factor)

35-70/4 -- tiny, limited range
24-50/4 -- nice handling, limited range
24-105/3.5-4.5 D -- original kit zoom for the 7 (Sony also rebadged)

24-85/3.5-4.5 -- slightly larger than above, less range, cheaper
Tamron 28-75/2.8 -- a bit over budget, light/compact for an F2.8
28-105/3.5-4.5 -- larger, really good around 50mm
28-135/4-4.5 -- bulky, heavy, unique, less variation
35-105/3.5-4.5 -- classic original

The later 28-100 D kit zoom can also be fine, but these late kit zooms have a lot of variation. The little 35-80 F4-5.6 II is the lightest normal zoom.

Edited by QuietOC - 14 January 2020 at 16:14
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SO MANY OPTIONS.

I'll try to check them out and not get overly sensitive over specs, sharpness etc...

(it was way easier on Minolta MF, less choices, more obvious ones)
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Originally posted by Paul07 Paul07 wrote:

I would be looking for a 28-135mm...


Nice, but doesn't meet the 'small form factor' requirement.

I like the 28-105 original it's much the same as the RS (the IQ of the third, xi, version is just as good, but it can be a pain to use so I'd avoid it). I will go for the 24-85 if I think the extra width might be useful (I often do). The 24-105 is a compromise that is not quite as good as either, but it is pretty small.

If size really matters the 35-70 f4 is a great little lens.

I also have a Tamron 28-75 f2.8 that is very nice, but it was a bit over the budget.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2020 at 17:45
Originally posted by LeReilly LeReilly wrote:

SO MANY OPTIONS.

I'll try to check them out and not get overly sensitive over specs, sharpness etc...

(it was way easier on Minolta MF, less choices, more obvious ones)

Having tried and owned multiples of most of these, sharpness varies more by copy than by lens design. You can find good copies of any of these or not so good copies. I haven't had a very sharp 24-50/4 or 35-70/4 yet. The 28-135/4-4.5's have been pretty consistent.

My sharpest so far is my Sony 28-75 F2.8 SAM, but it was more than twice your budget. It has some harsh, outlined, onion ring bokeh too.

Edited by QuietOC - 14 January 2020 at 17:51
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2020 at 18:12
The most logical options for the 7 IMHO are the following:
24-85/3.5-4.5
24-105/3.5-4.5
28-105/3.5-4.5
They are quite comparable: sizes are comparable, quality seems comparable - the 28-105 probably has the best IQ, followed by the 24-85 and then the 24-105.

If you say $100,- do you mean 90? Always find it confusing when Europeans mention dollars. Anyway, some lenses mentioned here might be a little bit more expensive unless you can wait for a good offer.

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Not much to add on the lens options, but I echo Addy's welcome!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Barrin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 January 2020 at 21:45
If you don't need going to wide the 35-70/4 is perfect
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Thank you for the warm welcome that's really appreciated!

I think the kit I've bought has a 35-70/4 in it. But it was my understanding that it was ok at best and a bit limited.

The endgoald of all this is my next trip to japan, shooting provia film in the city and on a couple of day trips to the countryside.
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