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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 September 2021 at 05:47
An interesting lens and a rarity here in NZ. I don't think I've ever seen one for sale. It's performance looks really good, but your point about the focal length is well taken.

And that Tudor almshouse looks like a lovely subject to have so close to you!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 September 2021 at 01:15
I can't recall seeing another in the UK - it wasn't bargain basement (£60), worth it to a collector, but it doesn't really compete with the other 24mm zooms for value.

And another day's use got me increasingly irritated with the AF hunting.

The almshouses are a very pleasant sight, always well maintained and a lovely garden. The Queen popped by to mark the sexcentenary of the charity in 1993, one day I shall work out how to get a good photo of the brass plaque marking the event - without my reflection ruining it.
              
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Week 35 - Theme 2 - Landscape.

A return to the subject of my Week 3 landscape in the evening light.

The Tree Beneath the Castle II.

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 24-50mm f4 @24mm. ISO 100, f4, 1/2000s
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Week 35 - Theme 3 - Try Something Creative.

Another go at Photoshop motion blur.

[updated 16 Sep after more Photoshopping]

The Enigmatic Mr Elgar

Sony A99ii + Min AF 50mm f2.8. ISO 100, f3.5, 1/250s (+ Photoshop)

Edited by Phil Wood - 16 September 2021 at 17:56
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The Tudor almshouses looks fantastic!
Not sure about the Photoshop motion blur...
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Originally posted by Maffe Maffe wrote:

The Tudor almshouses looks fantastic!
Not sure about the Photoshop motion blur...

The almshouses are a nice bit of old architecture, less wonderful as homes.

I liked the motion blur, as if I was on a roundabout with Elgar.
 



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Week 36 - Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza.

Minolta AF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 New (or RS)

Another updated version, this time from 1997, replacing the 1993 first version. The mid-range choice for Minolta users in this period were 24-85 and 28-105 (both updated in ’97) – you could have width or length, not both. The arrival of the 24-105 D in 2000 made both redundant.

These five are all good solid performers, it takes some serious nit-picking to choose between them on optical properties, which makes the 24-105 many users’ favourite since it gives the best range in the smallest package.

I have a number of Minolta lenses in original and RS format, in many cases I see clear improvements in the RS versions – which may well say more about the added wear and tear in the original versions. In the case of the 24-85 I can’t see any difference apart from the obvious cosmetic changes, which most notably includes the improved grip on the focus ring.

I like the 24mm width, I often find that 28mm is just not enough, but the 24-85 is, perhaps, a tad less sharp than the 28-105.

It’s a nice lens to use, it can’t go to f2.8 like my 28-75 D, but the range more than makes up for that in most instances. I’m happy enough to use this as a walk-around lens, though I am more likely to use the 28-75 D (for the f2.8), the 24-105 D (for the range) or the older 28-85 (for the 55mm filter size – matching the beercan and most of my primes) – or the Sony CZ 24-70 f2.8 SSM, which is in another class for AF and optically better (not hugely), but weighs a ton and needs huge 77mm filters.


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Week 36 - Theme 2 - Landscape.

Newtown Common.

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 35mm f2. ISO 200, f6.3, 1/640s
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Week 36 - Theme 3 - Try Something Creative.

Not very creative this week! A stitched panorama of a mundane subject, but one that has only become possible with the opening of a new multi-storey car park.

Townscape

Sony A99ii + Sony CZ 24-70mm f2.8 @ 28mm. ISO 200, f7.1, 1/320s (LR stitch)
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Week 37 - Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza.

Minolta AF 20-35mm f3.5-4.5 New

This is such a nice lens, it's just a shame it doesn't take better pictures!

This was Minolta's first proper wide angle zoom and was released in 1992. It was not cheap (a 1995 price list give it as $828). Today it is a relative rarity and some of the prices being asked are impressively high for a lens that only scores 3.70 in its Dyxum reviews (IMO it isn't really that bad).

In 1992 20mm was wide - really wide for a zoom, today I have a 12-24mm FF zoom, but then this was something special - hence the price.

I really like it as an object - it is beautifully small, operates so smoothly, the grips are excellent. It is a joy to use.

It is capable of taking fine pictures (one of mine was selected for the POTW 695 show last year), but it has serious drawbacks.

The first is the rotating front end while focusing - which make the use of an effective petal hood all but impossible (the round one supplied is hopeless) - which is a shame because the other big problem is flare, almost any high contrast situation will suffer from it. Otherwise it is reasonably sharp, colour is great and distortion is fairly well controlled (easily corrected in PP).

I can't recommend this lens ahead of the 17-35 D, which is generally cheaper, has the better range and takes better pictures. I assume the 17-35 G is also a considerably better lens, but it is also considerably pricier (hence my lacking one for my collection). .



Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 20-35mm f3.5-4.5 New @ 26mm: ISO 100 f8 1/13s
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Week 36 - Theme 2 - Landscape.

Poplar avenue.

Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 20-35mm f3.5-4.5 New @ 22mm: ISO 100 f8 1/60s
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Week 37 - Theme 3 - Try Something Creative.

A little late with this week's creativity (not for the first time). I was in Oxford - the ideal spot to try panning with cyclists - then along came this chap.

One day this will be legal.

Sony A99ii + Minolta - AF 80-200 F2.8 HS APO G @ 135mm. ISO 50, f14, 1/30s
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Week 38 - Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza.

Minolta - AF 80-200 F2.8 HS APO G

Quite a short review this week because there is really not much to say - almost everything about this lens is simply superb.

Introduced in 1993 as an upgrade to the 80-200mm f2.8 APO from 1987, it is pin sharp, fast, has great bokeh, and reasonable control of CA, flare, ghosting - I love it.

The downsides? 1. Weight, this is not a lens to carry around all day too often. My normal technique is to carry the camera in my hand with a wrist strap for safety - I really can't do that with this lens for long. 2. Colour - not the rendition, which is top notch, but the white paint finish which is a) white and b) not very durable. I wonder how much it would cost to get one powder coated in black?

The bottom line is that this is the best Minolta zoom I have ever tried, if the 70-200 SSM that replaced in 2003 it is better, then it is a seriously good lens.

Eleanor, gee I think you're swell.

Sony A99ii + Minolta - AF 80-200 F2.8 HS APO G @ 110mm: ISO 125 f2.8 1/320s
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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Week 37 - Theme 3 - Try Something Creative.

A little late with this week's creativity (not for the first time). I was in Oxford - the ideal spot to try panning with cyclists - then along came this chap.

One day this will be legal.


Nice panning effect - I recognise the location (Weston Library) ... if that guy was on a hire e-scooter it would have been legal! But that's not a Voi scooter ...
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