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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?
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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:

Zooms
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)

Primes
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).

Cameras
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)
28/2
100/2
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@mainoo,
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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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

@mainoo,
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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Thought I'd awaken this thread with some observations.

I had an a99 a few years ago and enjoyed it and shot some--if I say so myself--great pics with it, but I wanted IBIS--I'm in my 70s and more than a bit shaky--and MORE REZ.. Don't remember what I replaced it with.. After spending bunches on very good M43 systems including Oly EM1-2 and -3 bodies and lots of expensive lenses, and also going, rather quickly, thru a large, HEAVY, Panasonic S1R system, in 2020 I returned to Canon and a R5-based system.. During that time, my right-shoulder-replaced joint was beginning to fail, and that EXCELLENT system got too heavy for me so I sold it.. This year I've gone thru a 26MP Fuji XT-4 system which actually met ALL my requirements but for hi resolution and finally bought another Sony a7Rn system, this time a '4A.

Have just completed evaluating and selecting lenses for it as a landscape and walkabout system.. Those include Zonys in 16-35/4 and 55/1.8 and Canons in (gen.3) TS-E 50/2.8 Macro and the old, light, EXCELLENT 70-200/4/L/USM/non-IS, both sharing a Metabones adapter.. I believe this system will work very well for me, and the body and lenses weigh only 7-1/2 pounds.

Now, finally on-subject...it was only this spring that I became aware of the of the a99M2, and even while having a very fine a7R4A-based system, I finally succumbed to my chronic GAS and bought thru ePay a used a99M2 kit from, of all places, Kuwait!! The kit includes some entry-level Minoltas, but I've already been researching here and 'everywhere' and have ordered more A-mount lenses.

BUT, time for a lunch date; I'll finish this later today.



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Coming with the kit from Kuwait are Minoltas in 28-135/4-4.5 and 75-300/4.5-5.6, and I've ordered a Tokina AT-X 17/3.5, Minolta 20/2.8, and Zonys in 50/1.4 and 24-70/2.8.. I've found the 50 to be generally excellent, but I'm passing on the 20/2.8; the Tokina and 24-70 are on the way.. Since my purchase of the a99M2 system was rather a lark, I don't yet have a 'mission' for it, and I may well end up selling it.


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[MOD]@jeffreybehr, please don't use all bold to type your posts, there's no need and makes the pages with multiple posts look unbalanced.[/MOD]

I don't fully understand your words "I had an a99 a few years ago and enjoyed it and shot some--if I say so myself--great pics with it, but I wanted IBIS". As far as I know the A99 has IBIS so why did you switch?
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I'm somewhat ambivalent about Sony's dumping of DSLR's. On the one hand I'll miss the better shape but on the other, I'm looking forward to being able to buy some cheap A Mount lenses in the next few years as people sell off their DSLR's and move formats to Canon, Fuji and Nikon
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

[MOD]@jeffreybehr, please don't use all bold to type your posts, there's no need and makes the pages with multiple posts look unbalanced.[/MOD]

I don't fully understand your words "I had an a99 a few years ago and enjoyed it and shot some--if I say so myself--great pics with it, but I wanted IBIS". As far as I know the A99 has IBIS so why did you switch?


MY memory is relatively poor, but this page...
https://www.dyxum.com/gear/camera/a99/Sony_Alpha_99.asp
...doesn't list IBIS, nor does DPR's review...
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-alpha-slt-a99/22

...and I did mention its rez or lack thereof.

Also, at 77 years old, my eyes aren't nearly as good as they used to be, and bold-face type is much easier for me to read.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 September 2021 at 00:39
The A99II does have a different in body stabilization system than the A99 and other A-mount digital cameras. But every A-mount digital camera has in-body stabilization whether those terms were used in articles about them or not.
Sony A7RIV NEX-5T HVL-F45RM LA-EA5 Metabones-IV Sigma MC-11 Yongnuo EF-E II TLT ROKR MD-NEX KR-NEX DA-NEX
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Pentax Q7 5-15 15-45/2.8 8.5/1.9 11.5/9 AF-P/Q
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Jeffreybehr -

"MY memory is relatively poor, but this page...
https://www.dyxum.com/gear/camera/a99/Sony_Alpha_99.asp
...doesn't list IBIS,"

At the link under the "Sensor" section it reads as follows: "Sensor stabilization: yes"
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Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

Jeffreybehr -

"MY memory is relatively poor, but this page...
https://www.dyxum.com/gear/camera/a99/Sony_Alpha_99.asp
...doesn't list IBIS,"

At the link under the "Sensor" section it reads as follows: "Sensor stabilization: yes"


So it does; did you just add that? Just kidding.

I finally found another published comp. that so indicated.

So my reason must have been higher rez.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 September 2021 at 03:48
Originally posted by jeffreybehr jeffreybehr wrote:



So it does; did you just add that? Just kidding.

I finally found another published comp. that so indicated.


Same thing on the DP Review conclusion you linked to, bullet point #6

In-body image stabilization system works with all lenses
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Ah, I’ve gone from 13 lenses in 2018 (Dyxum Post) to now just 2. Both in my signature below.
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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I wasn't sure whether to post this in the A-mount or E-mount lineup.
One of the reasons for getting the A7Rii was to use my Minolta and other A-mount FF lenses at their proper effective FL after getting rid of the A900 which I never really liked.
I usually have several different lens 'kits' which I swap according to the situation (one will be FE primes, another E-mount mixed APS-C & FF zooms), but one of them I use regularly on the Rii is a collection of A-mount lenses with the LA-EA4 fixed on the camera to avoid dust ingress to the sensor.
I will typically pick three of the following screw-drive lenses that fit in my compact gadget bag, but if I'm doing film as well then I might take a wider selection in a backpack:

1) Sigma 10-20mm f4.5-5.6 with a Kenko MC4 1.4x TC which gives me 14-28mm effective with no APS-C cropping.
2) Minolta 24-105mm. Very nice range, despite the dark corners at full aperture.
3) Minolta 100-300mm APO. My favourite of the dozen or so prime & tele zooms I have.
4) Tamron 90mm f2.8 Di macro
5) Minolta 50mm f2.8 macro
6) Minolta 500mm reflex
7) Minolta 70-210mm. Have different versions of this but the f4-5.6 has the shortest MFD
8) Minolta 35-70mm f4, which is very sharp close-up and works well with the TC.
9) Minolta 50mm f1.7, which has the best Bokeh for OOF Christmas lights
10) Sigma 28-105mm f2.8-4 for sunstars (the film-era Sigmas do this well)

The first three or four are the most common choice
Miranda F & Sensorex, Sony A7Rii, A58, Nex-6, Dynax 4, 5, 60, 500si/600si/700si/800si, various Sony & Minolta lenses, several Tamrons, lots of MF primes and *far* too many old film cameras ...
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