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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

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.


I had one of these with my Dynax 7 (film camera) and the size and optical quality was good. Your picture I think shows that too. Stopped down 1-2 stops, it was nearly as good as some premium lenses.
But yeah, the optical range was not optimal for a walk-about lens, and in the days of the a100 and a700, the 24mm short end was not useful. Still, I had some residual affection for it, was definitely one of Minolta's better designs.
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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Week 37 - Theme 3 - Try Something Creative.

One day this will be legal.

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


Ah, you nailed that. That's very good.
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

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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Ah, you nailed that. That's very good.


My panning is improving, but not many come out as well as this one!

@Howard Not so long since we sat up there taking stereo shots with the A900s. If the weather is okay I aim to be at the Thursday meet-up - will I see you there?
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Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:


I had one of these with my Dynax 7 (film camera) and the size and optical quality was good. Your picture I think shows that too. Stopped down 1-2 stops, it was nearly as good as some premium lenses.
But yeah, the optical range was not optimal for a walk-about lens, and in the days of the a100 and a700, the 24mm short end was not useful. Still, I had some residual affection for it, was definitely one of Minolta's better designs.


I have come to the conclusion that there is no perfect walk-around lens - there are always trade-offs. The 24-85 on a FF body is a pretty good compromise, I'd much rather spend a day sightseeing with it than my Sony CZ 24-70, the extra image quality doesn't compensate for the extra weight for all day use.

Minolta's problem was that they made a lot of decent 'standard' zooms without making an outstanding one - with the possible exception of the 28-70G, which I haven't tried.
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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

@Howard Not so long since we sat up there taking stereo shots with the A900s. If the weather is okay I aim to be at the Thursday meet-up - will I see you there?


Yes, I'll be there ... if anyone else is in Oxford that evening you'd be more than welcome to join us.
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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:


I have come to the conclusion that there is no perfect walk-around lens - there are always trade-offs. The 24-85 on a FF body is a pretty good compromise, I'd much rather spend a day sightseeing with it than my Sony CZ 24-70, the extra image quality doesn't compensate for the extra weight for all day use.


An insightful observation. Yeah, it seems to be one of those things where from the features of good range, compact size and speed, you can pick at best, two for your lens.

Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:


Minolta's problem was that they made a lot of decent 'standard' zooms without making an outstanding one - with the possible exception of the 28-70G, which I haven't tried.


Sounds about right. The 28-70G was one lens I hoped I could find 2nd hand in NZ when I was collecting 'classic Minolta lenses'.

In the E-mount, the Sony 24-105/4 G is my preferred standard zoom lens and its quality is a definite level better than all the Minoltas I've tried. But it is also larger than say the Minolta 24-105.
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Week 38 - Theme 2 - Landscape.

Uffington White Horse - you need to be in the air to see it all.


Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 80-200mm f2.8 HS APO G @ 120mm: ISO 320 f5 1/125s
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Week 38 - Theme 3 - Try Something Creative.

Let's start a photowalk at 7 they said. Sunset 6.45 I though - better take a fast lens. Nevertheless I still found myself bracketing quite few shots to give the HDR treatment in PP. It was the first time I used variable ISO to bracket - this one seems to have gone down quite well.


Reading at the Blavatnik.

Sony A99ii + Min AF 85mm f1.4. ISO 160-640, f1.4, 1/60s (+ LR HDR)

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Week 39 - Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza.

Minolta AF 17-35mm f2.8-4 D

This is as wide as Minolta ever went with a full frame rectilinear lens, only the 16mm fisheye and the APS-C Konica Minolta DT 11-18mm went that little bit wider.

Minolta produced the premium quality Minolta AF 17-35mm f3.5 G in 1997 before Konica Minolta released this lens in 2004. Produced for Minolta by Tamron it is a very decent performer for considerably less cash that the G. I have not had any experience with the G, but Kurt Monger’s view is that you don’t get that much extra for the big bucks.

So, what do I think? I paid around £120 for this lens, making it one of the most expensive Minoltas in my collection, it certainly isn’t the sharpest and CA is pretty horrendous at times – but this lens is all about the width. Distortion is impressively slight and the Lightroom profile for the Tamron version of the lens does a pretty good job with both distortion and CA. Ghosting proved a problem shooting toward the sun, particularly with the sun just out of frame; not that this is unique to this lens.

I spent an enjoyable day in mixed weather (sunshine and showers) taking shots at the seaside. Many of the Minolta zooms covering the 24/28 to 35mm give better results at those lengths, but it is better than the 20-35mm over the whole range. It takes some pretty good pictures, but I do much prefer my Sigma 12-24mm HSM (which cost me considerably more).

The bottom line is that if you want to shoot wider than 24mm with Minolta you don’t have a lot of choice - £120-150 for this lens, £300+ for the G or £150 or so for the 20-35 (silly money, its prices reflect scarcity, not quality).

In another thread this lens has been recommended as an option for use on an APS-C body, as it is if you are: a) keen to shoot Minolta or b) intend to use the lens on FF as well. However, it is no match for the APS-C specific Sony DT 16-50mm f2.8 SSM, which covers its entire range in far higher quality; or the Sony DT 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 SAM II, which also outperforms it and is considerably cheaper.

Under the pier.

Sony A99ii + Minolta - AF 17-35 F2.8-4 D @ 17mm: ISO 100 f8 1/80s
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Week 39 - Theme 2 - Landscape.

Quite a bit of water alongside the land this week.


Sony A99ii + Minolta AF 17-35mm f2.8-4 D @ 17mm: ISO 320 f9 1/200s
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Week 39 - Theme 3 - Try Something Creative.

This year I decided not to use a macro lens during Oktoberfest - in past years I have always included one to give me that extra bit of flexibility.

So I decided to test out some recently acquired extension tubes with the 'nifty' I am using during Oktoberfest. I have had some Jessops tubes for some time, which I hadn't used for ages (since I got my first macro lens). I tried them, but they really don't mate well with my A99ii - they are horribly tight, I really didn't want to use them. So I bought some cheap Triplus tubes, much more substantial (ie heavier) than the Jessops, but they mate nicely with the A99ii.


Two tubes on, one off.

Sony A99ii + Min AF 50mm f1.4. ISO 6400, f5, 1/60s (+12 & 20mm tubes)

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I like the seascape shots in your Week 39. Interesting to see the 17-35 D in action. I only ever tried the 17-35 G and really liked it also.

Seascapes can be tricky if the sky isn't doing anything interesting, as there's also usually a lot of sky in the wide-angle shots too. So the black-and-white treatment works well there in your second shot.

a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

I like the seascape shots in your Week 39. Interesting to see the 17-35 D in action. I only ever tried the 17-35 G and really liked it also.

Seascapes can be tricky if the sky isn't doing anything interesting, as there's also usually a lot of sky in the wide-angle shots too. So the black-and-white treatment works well there in your second shot.


The second is, of course, my weekly landscape shot - in my defence more of the frame contains land than sea!

I'd like to try the 17-35 G, but I'll settle for the D in the meantime - it was in its element at the seaside.
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Week 40 - Theme 1 - Lens Extravaganza.

Minolta AF 28-85mm f3.5-4.5

This is one of three ‘standard’ length zooms that were introduced in 1985 along with the rest of the first AF 35mm SLR system (along with the 35-70mm f4 & 35-105mm f3.5-4.5). It is my favourite of the three, I like the extra width and also prefer it to the wider range of the 28-135, which is just too heavy.

Minolta may have agreed with me, it was the only one to be updated to a New or RS variant. I actually prefer my copy of the RS to the original (see Week 25), it just seems a little sharper, a little snappier and just nicer to use.

I also like the 55mm filter size, which matches many of the primes I habitually use (the 28-85 makes a good, small backup in case I find need of the versatility of a zoom).

Of course, it’s not a perfect lens: the distortion is manageable, the CA is correctable, but one has to live with softish corners.

Lock, Stock & Barrel (showing distortion & sharpness).

Sony A99ii + Minolta - AF 28-85mm f3.5-4.5 @ 30mm: ISO 500 f6.3 1/200s
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