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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 October 2020 at 17:56
That 100-300 is one of the APO versions? Those are better.

Re. Flash: any Sony Flash with AM in the name will work fine.

If you want a wide angle lens, take a look at the Konica Minolta 17-35/2.8-4, it is hard to beat for the price (though I prefer the 17-35/3.5G).

I used the Minolta 24-85 as my walk around lens on APS-C for years.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Brownie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 October 2020 at 23:59
Thanks all for the warm welcome! Many questions, it I miss one, apologies.

I'm a moron. It's a 75-300 and I believe the first version, very long and heavy. It works pretty well though, and it cost me whole $14.10. I was a tad shy of free shipping on a order from KEH and figured what the heck. It was rated 'ugly' First time I bought anything rated lower than bargain, was not disappointed. I posted a few shots from it in the Autumn thread. A bit of fringing at full extension and f/8, will have to mess around and find the sweet spot. I believe I had the same lens with my original Maxxum back in the day.

DSC00022 by telecast, on Flickr

The 18-55 will help with wide angles for the time being. I'm used to a 12 on my M/43, this is the same equivalent FL.

Yes, will be shooting film with the Minolta. I already shot a roll of the expired stuff that came with it, am dropping it off tomorrow for developing. Excited to see what comes out!

So, full disclosure, here's a link to one of the folders to my 'pro' flickr account. I shoot trackside at the local drag strip. I also post to a regular non-pro account for everyday shots, this page is reserved for cars and airplanes. Most of the glass I use for M-4/3 is Leica, but there are a few regular lenses I like. I won't post any of the photos here because of the different format. This is to one album from this season, feel free to click around.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 October 2020 at 10:19
Brownie,

Welcome. As to a full frame wide lens for use on the a700, I used the Sigma 12-24 and found it to be an amazing lens. Like you, I only purchased ff lenses, anticipating the move to full-frame eventually. The Minolta 28-75 also was quite good on the a700 and those two lenses are what I used for years. I have no idea what a used Sigma 12-24 goes for but assume it is reasonable now.

Roger

Edit p.s. - Because of the bulbous front element, filters cannot be used on the 12-24.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 October 2020 at 11:00
That lens you got is quite good
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Brownie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 October 2020 at 11:36
Roger Rex, thanks for that recommendation, I'll look into it.

Addy, I was surprised to see how highly it's rated once I finally looked it up. Funny how all I wanted to do at the time was not pay shipping! On the other hand, the 70-210 that came with the Maxxum is a newer version and not rated as highly. I'll probably leave that with the Maxxum for use with film and keep the 75-300 with the Sony.
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Hi everyone,
As a long time lurker I've finally registered as a user - and wanted to say a massive thank you: the knowledge on this site is spectacular. The extensive lens reviews have been enormously helpful in enabling me to spend my money wisely, so thank you.
I've shot with an A350 since '08, but the lack of internal GPS was a pain on my travels and I'd reverted to mostly using my Lumix point & shoot.
I thought briefly about switching to Nikon , but today, my new-to-me A77 arrived - what a beast!
I love secondhand tech; reasonably priced, eco friendly, tried and tested - what's not to love.
For sentimental reasons I'll be keeping my 350, but can't wait to get stuck in to shooting with me new A77.
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Welcome indeed, Sam, and good to see you making an ecological choice for the A77 as well! I suspect you will not be disappointed at that decision. You also joined as a consequence of the Lens Reviews - same here all those years ago.

Are you 'prepared' to indicate a narrowing of location as well? The 'South' could be anywhere from Cornwall to Kent (ie where I am)? It's always good to have a rough location should there be any Dyxum meets in the distant future (held to whatever social distancing rules and regs. may be in place by then of course!).

Take care and good to have you along!

Best regards, Neil.
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Welcome Sam, and great to hear how you got here.
No doubt you'll enjoy the gear you've acquired, but beware lens lust and other GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) attacks....
If you're dedicated to a-mount, there's plenty of well priced and excellent gear to be found.
Looking forward to seeing your images posted here.
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Welcome to Dyxum Sam!

Both the cameras you mention there post-date my exit from the A-mount. Until this week my only real Sony camera was the very first a100 (a refreshed KM5D really). I can remember how clean the files were. I exited to Nikon back then. If I had the spare funds today I would grab an old 2008-era set of small primes in the 20-50mm zone and a Nikon dSLR - maybe one day. I like to mix/match systems.   

Looking forward to trying my A7II whenever going outside is a thing again.

Totally appreciate your comments on taking on used gear, fabulous way to explore.
I think some people in here have more gear than most used camera stores!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2021 at 13:21
Originally posted by dCap dCap wrote:



I think some people in here have more gear than most used camera stores!

Hey, I resemble that remark
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Thanks for the welcome chaps, much appreciated.
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Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

Welcome indeed, Sam, and good to see you making an ecological choice for the A77 as well! I suspect you will not be disappointed at that decision. You also joined as a consequence of the Lens Reviews - same here all those years ago.

Are you 'prepared' to indicate a narrowing of location as well? The 'South' could be anywhere from Cornwall to Kent (ie where I am)? It's always good to have a rough location should there be any Dyxum meets in the distant future (held to whatever social distancing rules and regs. may be in place by then of course!).

Take care and good to have you along!

Best regards, Neil.


Hi Neil, I live on my boat in sunny Southampton, so in easy reach of most of 'the south'!
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Well I quite often get to visit Southampton, so maybe when the light is better and the lockdown is a little less tight...
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Guests are always welcome (outside of Covid). I have the very lovely Tokina 11-16 which I bought specifically for sailing photos - the field of view should make for some really interesting photos.

Aside from playing, I'm interested to read about getting better at taking photos - any good reading recommended?
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