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    Posted: 19 February 2019 at 17:02
Hi all,

I've run into an issue with my copy of the Minolta 80-200 f2.8 HS lens. When I first got the lens either last year or the year before, it had a stiff zoom ring. I was able to work that out by turning the zoom ring back and forth until the stiffness was gone. After that, the lens was working perfectly. Then late last year the focus ring started getting stiff at the MFD end and it is still stiff. I saw the post about someone else having a similar issue and the Precision Camera was no longer repairing old Minolta lenses. Has anyone found a camera repair shop that will work on these old lenses?

I tried the lens on all of my A-mount cameras (9000, 7xi, 7 Limited, 9, D7, A700, A900 & A99ii) and the only camera that will go through the whole focus range is the D7. Seems it had the strongest motor for screw type lenses. All of my other cameras will not focus the lens to MFD. I thought this was interesting since I thought at least the 9, A900 & A99ii would have comparable motor to D7 but they don't.

In the mean time, I'll keep working the focus ring in the hope that it to will loosen up again.
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You might want to contact Camera Service Company
See if they will be willing to take a look.
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KEH might, but I agree with Basil about Camera Service Company being the first one to try. I am about to send my A900 to them for service.

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Originally posted by glefebvre glefebvre wrote:



I tried the lens on all of my A-mount cameras (9000, 7xi, 7 Limited, 9, D7, A700, A900 & A99ii) and the only camera that will go through the whole focus range is the D7. Seems it had the strongest motor for screw type lenses.


Either it has the strongest motor. Or the other cameras have some sort of overload protection that protects the motor and the lens mechanics in case there is an unusually high amount of force required.
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I have used one extensively for race photography with A300, A700, A900 bodies without a problem, It does have a very powerful motor in it. You can feel the torque when it snaps into focus.

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Mine moves very freely.
 



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Originally posted by EKStarzinger EKStarzinger wrote:

I have used one extensively for race photography with A300, A700, A900 bodies without a problem, It does have a very powerful motor in it.

The motors are in the cameras.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote glefebvre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 February 2019 at 19:34
Thanks everyone, I'll check with Camera Service Company and see if they'll work on my lens.
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Sybersitizen - I knew that... S'what happens when you post when sick..

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I had an identical problem with my 35mm f/1.4 G. A camera repair shop was able to repair it but it required so much time that had I paid list prices for the repair time by the hour (I didn't), the repair would have cost more than the lens is worth. The problem was that residue had formed inside the lens barrel that caused the focus ring to stiffen and eventually seize up. The repair involved soaking the lens in a solvent for a few weeks to dissolve the residue. A full disassembly and reassembly were required.

I know that you don't want to hear this, but your best course might be to buy another 80-200. There are many available either at eBay or at Yahoo Japan Auctions (https://auctions.yahoo.co.jp/) where you can click the Buyee box to search in English.

If you live in the California Bay Area, I can suggest a very qualified camera repair technician, but again, I recommend replacement instead of repair.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote glefebvre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 March 2019 at 22:19
I was thinking of doing just that, get another 80-200. I've been keeping an eye on eBay.
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Also, instead of either eBay or Yahoo Japan Auctions, why don't you look at the below link to KEH camera, where there is an 80-200/2.8 in Excellent+ condition and available for $849? I recently purchased a 300/4 from KEH in Excellent+ condition and I agree with the KEH rating system - my 300/4 is in Excellent+ condition. Maybe KEH would be less risky than dealing with a random seller in Japan (most of the Minolta eBay inventory is coming from Japan these days).

https://www.keh.com/shop/minolta-80-200mm-f-2-8-apo-g-high-speed-white-alpha-mount-autofocus-lens-72.html
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Something to consider.
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Another option would be look out for the Sony ssm g equivalent. I sold my 80 200 recently because for £100 more I could upgrade to the Sony 70-200 g mark 1. With MA lens prices dropping it might be worth buying one instead?
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