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skm.sa100 View Drop Down
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 November 2019 at 12:04
Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

I've been lusting after a Minolta AF 300 f/4 HS APO G but can't really justify the expense or the pain in my back.

There's a Toking 300/f4 available on eBay right now for what seems to be a reasonable price.
By some accounts, it's sharper than the MAF 300/f4 so why not give it a try?
C'mon, you can do it!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mainoo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2020 at 23:12
New here and in the foothills of my lens collection. Thought I'd post to see whether there are flaws in my approach.

Love minolta colour so I am centering my equipment around them. Mainly shoot street and belong to the telephoto tribe. So far I have the following a mount lenses:

28-135 about 40 quid so I couldn't resist. Went straight out and started shooting on my A6500 via an LA EA2.

100-300 APO - (again under 40) . my copy is fantastically corrected - shot a chrome structure against the sky (not overly bright admittedly) and there wasn't a hint of purple.

80-200 2.8 APO HS - amazing lens (need to MFA it) but I like everything about it (even the machine gun AF)

135mm 1.8 Sonnar - still shooting it manually as AF was way off. Shooting street manually is a challenge but I'm loving it. This lens is the reason I'm about to get an A99 II. The aim is to use eye af across the sensor (assuming micro adjustment restores AF sharpness - is eye AF affected by MFA?)

500 Reflex - fantastic lens. Got it to shoot surf photography and found it was very useful for street too and the quality is amazing (for the money).

A6500 - fantastic camera - I only discovered just how fantastic when I got an A7R2 and realised how shallow the buffer is, that you are restricted to AF-S when you shoot silent, etc. Only problem is that I can only shoot the minolta lenses I like so much via the LA EAX with its few centred phase detect points - so I'll keep the A6500 mainly so I have something that can be completely silent and for adapting lenses and for it's sport shooting ability and for the extra reach....

A7R2 - only bought recently but will almost certainly sell in favour of A99 II.

A99 II - am about to buy this in the hope that it will free me from the constraints of La EA4 adapters (no AF-C mid or High speed), restricted PDAF points, old tech - I'm expecting all my lenses to be much more usable on the A99 II but the star will be the 135/1.8 which is compatible with hybrid AF.

One day in priority order:
400/4.45 APO HS
28-70 2.8 G (preferred colour and rendition) or 28-75 SAM (only because it will do hybrid AF)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2020 at 01:08
Welcome to Dyxum, and looking forward to seeing more of your posts, including images.

As for your line-up, I'm sure there are lots of people here with opinions about your kit.
Basically, what you've listed is all very good, and I guess as with everyone it's 'horses for courses' depending on genre, style, subject matter, and especially budget.

Of the lenses you've named, I've owned the Minolta 80-200mm f2.8 HS APO as well as the Minolta 100-300mm APO and they are both very fine. I've since moved on to the SAL70200G2 SSM in that range and am more than happy with it.

I own and regularly use both the CZ 135mm f1.8 Sonnar and the Minolta 500mm f8 AF Reflex and love them for what they can each deliver. The 135mm is probably my favourite lens although for most of my shooting I tend to use CZ Vario-Sonnar fast zooms and Sony G fast tele zooms.
As for your future Minolta lens purchases, you'll find they are quite affordable and will deliver high quality.

I also have an a99ii as my primary camera and am a big fan - it's capabilities and ergonomics are outstanding.

As you'd be aware, the Dyxum lens data base is full of all the information and technical details of every lens that can be used with any of the cameras in the a-mount and e-mount world, including professional as well as Dyxum member user reviews and sample images. If you've not yet dipped into this treasure trove, I highly recommend you do.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2020 at 21:01
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Welcome to Dyxum, and looking forward to seeing more of your posts, including images.

+1 ! Nothing wrong with your line up. Looking forward to some of your work.
There is also a special thread for new members to introduce themselves
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