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For an idea of relative size:



All at maximum extension from left to right: 35-70mm f4, 24-105mm f3.5-4.5 D, 24-85mm f3.5-4.5, 28-105mm f3.5-4.5.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote LeReilly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2020 at 10:25
Alright, sounds super good!

I'll try to upgrade my 35-70 to a 24-85/105 if I can find a cheap one.
Seems like I'd get a bit more range in exchange for a somewhat bulkier lense.
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Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:


The Minolta a7 , aka, Minolta Dynax 7 , aka , Minolta Maxxum 7 .


Ah, Ok ... makes sense now. I missed your film reference.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2020 at 23:22
Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

Why is almost everyone forgetting the 35-105 original?
Mine's damn near the sharpest lens in my kitty and can be had for a song on ebay!


That is a really nice lens , but as a walk around lens I find 35mm just that bit too long .
28mm is fine for me though .
All depends on your needs or if your carrying more than one lens around .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2020 at 23:16
Originally posted by dxqcanada dxqcanada wrote:

? Hmm, is this discussion about A-mount with adapter or native FE-mount lenses for the A7?


Nothing to do with E mount cameras .
This is about a Minolta film camera ( or rather what lenses to use on it ).
The Minolta a7 , aka, Minolta Dynax 7 , aka , Minolta Maxxum 7 .

So all full frame A mount lenses .
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? Hmm, is this discussion about A-mount with adapter or native FE-mount lenses for the A7?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2020 at 18:47
Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

Doesn't go wide enough
That is a personal opinion. I used my 24-85 as my main lens on the Konica-Minolta Dynax 7D and Sony A100. Wide enough for most situations. In fact, I would prefer a 28-85/2.8 lens over a 24-70/2.8 lens. 24mm is problematic to me.
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Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

Why is almost everyone forgetting the 35-105 original?
Mine's damn near the sharpest lens in my kitty and can be had for a song on ebay!

Doesn't go wide enough, too much distortion for use with film (not so easy to correct in PP).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2020 at 16:58
Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

Why is almost everyone forgetting the 35-105 original?
Mine's damn near the sharpest lens in my kitty and can be had for a song on ebay!
probably the same reason nobody mentioned the 28-85.

The 35-70/4 is small
The 24-85/28-105/24-105 fit the gestalt of the 7
The 28-135 is a halo lens
The 35-105 and 28-85 do not really fit like these. But you're right, no real reason to exclude these.


@LeReily: if the range is fine, why not try it? It is at least a decent lens. Looking at the reviews in the Dyxum lensdatabase it seems there is little wrong with this small lens, yes, some lenses are better, but for film, it is more then good enough. That is also the opinion of Kurt Munger who described it as "a very good lens". And maybe take a look at the sample thread.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2020 at 11:23
Why is almost everyone forgetting the 35-105 original?
Mine's damn near the sharpest lens in my kitty and can be had for a song on ebay!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2020 at 11:07
The 35-70mm f/4 if a decent lens .
It's limiting factors are just the focal length and no AF in close focus .
There is another 35-70mm lens with a variable maximum aperture which is a poorer lens .

Use what you have first before deciding on what lens to get next , if any .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2020 at 11:05
The 35-70/4 is a pretty good lens, both buid quality and optical quality. The newer 35-70/3.5-4.5 (RS styling) has a much lower reputation.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LeReilly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2020 at 10:52
Thank you for the warm welcome that's really appreciated!

I think the kit I've bought has a 35-70/4 in it. But it was my understanding that it was ok at best and a bit limited.

The endgoald of all this is my next trip to japan, shooting provia film in the city and on a couple of day trips to the countryside.
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If you don't need going to wide the 35-70/4 is perfect
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