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Week 10 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Minolta AF 135mm f2.8

The legendary 'Pocket Rocket' is a well known gem of Minolta's early AF lens production, but it never got a re-style, it was not produced in Sony colours - why? The 135mm tele was once most photographers first lens purchase after the camera with it's 50mm kit lens - in my case it was a Praktica, but every lens manufacturer made them. I suspect a lot were a bit disappointed - I know mine never seemed long enough (for nature) unless it was a bit too long (for portraiture). This lens has also held its value better than many of the early Minolta output, so it was a while before I decided to succumb to temptation and add one to my growing collection.

When it arrived I was blown away, it really lives up to its nickname, tiny but pin sharp, a great little lens. Now the lack of a re-style really confused me.   I can only surmise that AF came a little late in the day for the 135 - the excellent beercan and even better 80-200/2.8 APO plus the 28-135mm 'Secret Handshake' all covered the focal length with decent to excellent results, why do you need a prime? I'd love to know what the sales were like for the prime, surely they must have disappointed Minolta or this lens would have appeared in multiple guises (RS, D, Sony).

So, I guess it's obvious that I love this lens, I am much happier with the focal length nowadays - and bear in mind that, on an APS-C body, this is a 202.5mm equivalent length. It's great for candid, unposed street shots, it's so small that no one realises its reach. I would usually have a little moan about a built-in lens hood, but this one works and adds to the compactness of the package (if only the hoods on the 28/2.8, 50/1.7 and 200/2.8 worked as well).

Another shot from the retirement party, taken, I admit, in Week 9. I choose to use it because it shows how much you can get away with using a 1985 lens on a 42MP digital body - this is cropped massively down to around 2:1, but the detail is still there, disproving any theory that old lenses cannot match the resolving power of modern sensors - this old lens certainly can.

Egret


Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 135mm f2.8

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Week 10 - Theme 3: Week Prime - B&W

Minolta AF 135mm f2.8

It works with architecture too.

Apartment block


Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 135mm f2.8

Edited by Phil Wood - 15 March 2022 at 21:31
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Indeed it does. I don't have the lens, but I do have an old Rokkor PF 135mm with integral lenshood. I don't know if much if any of the optics carried over to the AF lens, but it seems a solid chunk of metal and glass. One to try on the A7 III, I think. Thank heavens for mirrorless...
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Week 11 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

Moving on from concert shots here is Headley (named after the great West Indian cricketer) who was the first pet in my first house. In 1981 I bought a house - a bit of a shock to the system, and a couple of mates moved in as lodgers, which helped a lot with the mortgage. One brought his cat.

Headley


Canon A1 + FD 50mm f1.8 (probably).

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Week 11 - Theme 2: Week Prime - Colour

Minolta AF 50mm f2.8 macro

This was the first macro lens for the new AF system and a very fine lens it is too. There were two updates the New or RS (ReStyled) and the D. Both updates made improvements but the optics remain the same (there may have been minor improvements in coatings). Judging by the numbers available via ebay etc, the original 1985 version sold in larger numbers. Prices seem to have risen in recent months from the £50-60 I got mine for.

It does what you expect from a true macro lens, 1:1 macro, pin sharp and almost distortion-free - great for close ups, but also very useable for general photography. As a fifty it cannot really be described as 'nifty', it's a full two stops slower than Minolta's fastest option and more than a stop slower than the ubiquitous f1.7 kit prime. However, if you aren't in need of the extra light or wafer thin DOF this lens does a great job. I really like macros for architecture and landscapes and those detail rich character portraits.

This week I am posting a pair of shots for this colour prime theme:

Semi-Detached Beach Huts


Detached Beach Huts

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 50mm f2.8 macro
 



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Week 11 - Theme 3: Week Prime - B&W

Minolta AF 50mm f2.8 macro

I like this macro for landscapes - not that landscapes are my strongpoint.

Compass Point


Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 50mm f2.8 macro

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Nice beach-huts, you spotted the difference well which is not obvious with casual observation.

I really like the B&W landscape of Compass Point, but straightening it might even improve it further
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Nice beach-huts, you spotted the difference well which is not obvious with casual observation.

I really like the B&W landscape of Compass Point, but straightening it might even improve it further


Thanks Pieter - I went for a horizontal horizon, but you're right, a vertical flagpole works better (I have modified it).
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Week 12 - Theme 1: Blast from the Past

While I shot plenty of images of places it is the people shots that bring back the best memories. This one is from a weekend in Bath where my mate Steve (yellow T-shirt) was sharing a large flat in the attics of one of the huge Georgian town houses. In front of the Royal Crescent we kicked a football about, half a dozen of us grew into a 20 a side game as random strangers joined in.

I have no idea who the other photographer was, the OOF guy in the front is another chum, Jim, who had come up from Portsmouth.

Resting


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All the time in the world ... lovely photo, Phil. I can't quite make out what camera the other guy is using. I shout 'Enhance!' at the computer but nothing happens.
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Minolta AF 20mm f2.8

The widest rectilinear AF prime Minolta produced it takes some very nice images. I am most impressed by the way it compensates for the inevitable distortion at this focal length. It's not a lens for pin-sharp corner to corner shots and has in many ways been superceded by more recent UWA zooms, but it's great fun to shoot with - and a f2.8 zoom is still a pricey option.   

I took the original 1986 version 20mm with me to Oxford for a Dyxum meet. Howard_S decided to try out a Minolta 7000i AlanfromBangor brought with him to donate to Oxfam (Howard being their local camera expert). After shooting off a roll of film he took it into Snappy Snaps for processing - as shown. 37 minutes later he received an email containing scans of the developed images.

Snappy Snaps, Oxford - more a booth than a shop.

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 20mm f2.8

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Week 12 - Theme 3: Week Prime - B&W

Minolta AF 20mm f2.8

More from the Oxford DM. The Biochemistry Building in the Oxford Science Area is not easy to capture complete - I have been meaning to bring a decently wide lens to this spot for a while. Sadly the light was not so good on this occasion.

Obscured in the shadows are Martin (mgjsmith) and Bob (Bob_J) walking into shot on the left, Alan (AlanfromBangor) and Howard (Howard_S) chatting on the right. Not sure where Brian (Bonneville) had got to.


Biochemistry Building, Oxford University.

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 20mm f2.8

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Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

All the time in the world ... lovely photo, Phil. I can't quite make out what camera the other guy is using. I shout 'Enhance!' at the computer but nothing happens.


I think the guy is a gal!

Perhaps a 100% crop will help? Perhaps not.


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