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Post Options Post Options   Quote AsD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 August 2020 at 17:49
This is my 'cheap', though I prefer 'value' lineup, all bought used.

In purchase order :-

Tamron - AF 55-200 F4-5.6 Di II (Carmarthen Cameras)

Sigma - 18-50 F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM (Ebay) Mine has no OS switch.

Minolta - AF 35-70 F4 (Ebay)

Minolta - AF 28 F2.8 (Ebay) Occasionally sticky blades

Minolta - AF 70-210 F4 (beercan)
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Minolta - AF 28-85 F3.5-4.5

Minolta - AF 28-105 F3.5-4.5 RS (Ebay)

Minolta - AF 50 F3.5 Macro (Ebay)

Sony - AF DT 55-200 F4-5.6 SAM (Ebay)

Sony - AF DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM (Ebay) Boxed

Tamron - SP AF 90 F2.5 macro (52EM) (Harrison Cameras)

Sony - DT 35 F1.8 SAM (Ebay) Boxed

Minolta - AF 100-300 xi F4.5-5.6 (Ebay) Faulty (Auto zoom broken)

Minolta - AF 50 F2.8 Macro (Ebay)

Tamron - SP AF 10-24 F3.5-4.5 Di-II LD Aspherical IF (Ebay) Boxed

Minolta - AF 100-200 F4.5 (Ebay)

I also have 2 x 18-55mm SAMs (came with my 2 x a57s), an 18-55 SAM II (came with my a58), a Minolta silver 28-80mm (came with my daughter's Dynax 5) and a Minolta silver 28-100 (came with my Dynax 5).

These ranged in price from the Minolta 28-85 at £14.99 to the Tamron 10-24 at £99.

I really should sell/trade the 2 x 18-55 SAMs plus the Minolta 28-80 and maybe the minolta 28-100, though my daughter could maybe use that when she wants more wide/tele than the 35-70 f4.

Some of these were bought almost by mistake, where I was the only bidder or put in a cheeky offer, expecting to get knocked back.

I just need to get out and use them more now!










Edited by AsD - 29 August 2020 at 20:12
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote onsplekkie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 August 2020 at 20:37
These 3 lenses should give you lots of BangForBuck IQ on APSC sensor.

Tamron - SP AF 90 F2.5 macro (52EM) (Harrison Cameras)

Sony - DT 35 F1.8 SAM (Ebay) Boxed

Minolta - AF 50 F2.8 Macro (Ebay)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AsD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 August 2020 at 20:14
Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

These 3 lenses should give you lots of BangForBuck IQ on APSC sensor.

Tamron - SP AF 90 F2.5 macro (52EM) (Harrison Cameras)

Sony - DT 35 F1.8 SAM (Ebay) Boxed

Minolta - AF 50 F2.8 Macro (Ebay)


Yes, they're three nice lenses for not a lot of money.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dena Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 August 2020 at 12:24
My Minolta 50mm Macro f2.8 RS and Minolta 100mm Macro f2.8 D are 2 of my favorite lenses. Not just for macro.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote beeton Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 August 2020 at 14:20
Sigma 50 macro is read as a Minolta macron by DXO (I use DXO for all images prior to printing). I have replaced mine but found it very sharp.

Tamron 90 macro is still one of my favorites on crop and also FF (via la-ea4).
Sony 30mm macro. Very sharp and light lens.
Sony 50 f1.4 for aperture and still AF (easier than manually focusing on the fly but you have both options available).
Tamron 28-200 if-xr (smaller non stabilized version, not the older lumpy ones) is surprisingly sharp and except for wide angle vignetting meets or surpasses my Sony FE 28-70 in many cases (but not every time).
The 28-300 is similar.

All of the above are fairly cheap to buy.

For wider aperture telephoto-zoom I have a Sigma ZEN 70-210 f2.8.
This is a very sharp lens, even at f2.8
These suffer from sticky exteriors (you can wipe it all off and are left with a smooth exterior but no characters) and often from foggy inner element at the rear grouping. A bitch to disassemble. If you find an optically clean one for under $100 grab it.
I find this equal to or sharper in many cases than my Sony 70-300 G.

For fisheye, find a Bower-Samyang 8mm for under $150 (cdn). You may have to reset infinity as they are sometimes off but that is a simple adjustment.Much better than the Ukranian 8mm fisheye version that is available under a few names. That lens is softer and dimmer at the corners.

For normal travel zoom/kit lens, the Sony 18-55 is sharper than the 18-70.

I also find the Tamron 18-200 a decent lens (again, not the older lumpy ones, the xr-di2) is decent and I found this better than the Sony version....although I also read that they are the same optically so it may be an consistency issue).

Either way, between spending a grand on a new lens or less on an older version and using DXO, I find the latter makes more sense.
I have tested a few, new lenses (expensive) and am always a bit disappointing at the image quality, especially at the edges, and find that a lower-cost lens, when the images are cleaned up a bit, produce similar or better results and still leave me with money to actually travel. That's just an opinion.

So: Sony 30 macro. Tamron 90 macro (af), Tamron (newer version) 28-200/28-300, Sigma 70-210 ZEN, Sony 50 f1.4, Bower 8mm

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Post Options Post Options   Quote AVLB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 October 2020 at 14:32
I own a Sony A850 (bought used £350).

Lenses for this were all bought used.
Primes Lenses and Macros
Minolta 28mm f2.8 (£55)
Minolta 50mm Macro f2.8 (£58)
Minolta 100mm Macro f2.8 (£150)
Sony 85mm f2.8 SAM (£85)
Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f2.8 M42 (£40)
Pentacon electric 135mm f2.8 MC M42 (£40)

Zoom Lenses
Minolta 24-105 f3.5/4.5 (£60)
Minolta 35-105 f3.5/4.5 (£58)
Minolta 28-85 f3.5/4.5 (£57)
Minolta 28-135 f4/4.5 (£130)
Minolta 28-100 f3.5/5.6 D (£30)
Sigma 70-200 f2.8 II HSM (£300)
Sony 70-400 MK1 (£450)

That is a total of £1483, which considering what I have, a bargain. All those lenses plus the camera £1833. Apart from an ultra wide prime or zoom, I think I have enough now!

All my APSC lenses for my A68 were bought new or ex demo.
Sony 35mm f1.8
Sony 50mm f1.8
Sigma 10-20 f3.5
Sony 18-55 SAM II
Konica Minolta 18-70 f3.5/5.6 D
Sigma 17-70 f2.8/4
Sony 18-135 f3.5/5.6
Sony 55-300 f4.5/5.6
Tamron 18-250 f3.5/6.3

Probably spent a lot more on these than all of the FF kit combined.

 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote keith_h Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 November 2021 at 14:53
I'm known for cheap so here we go.

The FF lineup.

A99 at a hot price. (mint)
17-35D (not the G - mint)
28-70G (mint)
80-200 HS (cosmetically challenged but works well).

28-135 as a walkaround lens. (mint)
28-85 for those times I want an image in the way only this lens can render.

All in not a lot spent to assemble this lot. Vintage A mount lenses are very affordable at the minute, other than the 17-35G which is holding its value well. I will have one at some point.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jml79 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 December 2021 at 20:25
Here is list of my cheaper lenses and prices in crappy CDN $ and what I would buy if my budget was tight.

Minolta 28mm f/2.8 - $100
Sony 50mm f/1.4 - $225
Minolta 50mm f/1.7 - $65
Tamron 90mm Macro f/2.8 SP- $170
Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4 EX - $110
Minolta 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5 - $100
Minolta 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 RS - $100
Minolta 28-135mm f/4-4.5 - $70 (Mint except a small scratch on the front element)
Minolta 70-210 f/4 - $150
Minolta 100-400mm f/4.5-6.7 APO - $200

Cheap Prime Kit FF $350 or Less
Minolta 28mm f/2.8
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
Tamron 90mm Macro f/2.8 SP

The 90mm is a bit pricey but a great lens for portraits, macro, anything. If your budget allows, replace the 50mm with the 1.4, add the 35mm f/2, 20mm f/2.8, and/or the 135 f/2.8, all Minolta, all around $200-$250/ea

Cheap Trinity $500-$700
Sigma EX or Tamron SP 17-35mm f/2.8-4
Tamron SP 28-75 f/2.8
Tamron SP 70-300 USD (not traditional but fantastic lens for the price)

Super Budget FF Less than $200
Minolta 28-105 RS or 24-105
Minolta 50mm f/1.7

Less than $200 gets you going in style. Add a cheap 17-35mm, 70-210mm (beercan) or 70-300mm if your budget has room. Don't buy the 75-300 no matter what. The Tamron SP is almost as cheap and is three times the lens.

Edited by jml79 - 01 December 2021 at 20:31
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ant! Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 August 2022 at 14:00
After having asked a few pages ago for help, here my current lineup:

28-105 for CAD 20+shipping
50/1.7 (don't remember the price, but wasn't much)
Sony 85/2.8 (don't remember the price, but wasn't much)
70-210/4
28/2.8 (both the 70-210 and the 28 together with a MD mount Vivitar 90/2.5 Macro with unfortunately a tiny bit fungus and the wrong macro 1:1 adapter for all together CAD 120...)

The later two I basically bought only since I wanted the Vivitar 90/2.5, but have used the 70-210 already a bit and like it!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 August 2022 at 14:06
I would like to find one of those "Bokina" 90mm F2.5 macros. It is too bad there wasn't an A-mount version.
Sony A7RIV LA-EA5
Pentax Q7 5-15 15-45/2.8 8.5/1.9 11.5/9
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ant! Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 August 2022 at 14:15
Yeah, haven't tried it yet, even though Minolta SR is my main system with an XD7, X570, XE11, and a new SRT102. But right now I have films loaded in the Maxxum 7 and a Pentax 645n...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 August 2022 at 14:35
The three late Tamron SP Di USD F1.8 primes are great used deals (35 mm , 45 mm, and 85 mm.)
Sony A7RIV LA-EA5
Pentax Q7 5-15 15-45/2.8 8.5/1.9 11.5/9
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Post Options Post Options   Quote macronut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 August 2022 at 20:14
Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

I would like to find one of those "Bokina" 90mm F2.5 macros. It is too bad there wasn't an A-mount version.


The original Vivitar, or the Tokina that came later?
Only from the mind of Macronut.
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Probably the Tokina if it is not as old and lighter.
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