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    Posted: 24 July 2021 at 02:26
My 1st gen. 35/1.4 is magical in it's rendering, but if I had to keep just one Minolta AF lens (I could never really do that!) it'd be the original 85/1.4.

While the 85 isn't the best at any one parameter, it's very good at all and has great image feel, with great light gathering and a somewhat versatile focal length on FF.

Honorable mention are the 50/2.8 macro, 100/2, 200/2.8 HS and 28-135/4-4.5
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bieomax Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 July 2021 at 14:37
I've not had too much of a range of A mount higher end lenses.

but the one lens I do always goto is the sal50f18 it just seems to have something for me, i love on either APS-C or on my FF E mount
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 June 2021 at 07:15
you make it sound like a funeral, B.!   
I, for one, am not ready to part with my serious sturdy cameras, (except when I have to drag them around ), and still not able to see the ergonomic virtues of E-mount? (only see benefits when used with equally small lenses, for street photographers and FFD, for the use of exotic alien lenses of course + features A99s are -still ;) - lacking). many favourites, many of them still on the wishlist ;) and in love with CZ.
if I had to pick 1 of my own, (apart from the ancient M42 ones and the CZ zooms), it would be little Minolta 135/2.8 AF.
(since I -luckily!- never had the privelege to compare it with its Zeiss counterpart, or a 85/1.4 for that matter).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 June 2021 at 16:37
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:



If you come across one for a nice price, get it.


That's *exactly* why I have about 20 lenses in a cabinet!
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I prefer the 85/1.4 over the 100/2. But I feel that is more due to focallength then lens quality. The 85/1.4 wide open has character (technically not that good, but it renders nice), by f/2 it is fine and I think it is comparable to the 100/2 (without side by side testing).

If you come across one for a nice price, get it. But if you like your 85G, there is no real need to go out of your way to find one. IMHO. YMMV.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2021 at 14:24
I've heard a lot about the 100 F2 and considered getting one. But I already have the 85/1.4 G D and they seemed too close to me to pay for yet another expensive piece of glass.
I looked for, but couldn't find a comparison between these two.
Also considered the 100/2.8 soft focus but refrained due to above similar reasons. Besides, soft focus can be replicated in software, albeit maybe not quite as good.

@QuietOC, I've bought several lenses from eBay Japanese camera stores and don't have a single complaint. I check to make sure the sellers have good ratings and reviews and I inspect and test the glass one I get it. Maybe you could give it a shot and see.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2021 at 10:48
It's be a bit of a difficult question for me to answer really but I'll give it a go anyway.

Certainly I can't narrow it down to just one lens, I've bought too many over the years and have a much smaller collection now than I used to have by quite a fair margin.

Ultra wide lens - Sigma 8-16mm
Macro lens - Tamron 60mm F2
Telephoto zoom - Sony 55-300mm

None of those lenses are perfect and I am considering switching the 55-300 for the e-mount 70-350G but they are pretty great and hold lots of good memories for me.

It's interesting to see the Sony/Minolta 16mm fisheye being mentioned here. I would have loved to get hold of one of those but eventually went with the Sigma 10mm diagonal fisheye; an excellent lens in its own right.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2021 at 12:12
I've been looking to try a 100 F2. Where are they? I'd rather not import one.

The lack of stopped down focusing is very annoying with the Soft Focus. SA really confuses on-sensor phase-detect. I guess I should finally get an adapter with manual aperture control.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote overeema Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2021 at 11:42
Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

Where are the 100 F2's?

--snip--

My 100 F2 is always in my bag. Light weight. Sturdy. Splendid optical performance. Can be used at full aparture without hesitation.
One of the reasons I hesitate doing more with E-mount gear.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2021 at 03:48
Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

Where are the 100 F2's?...


Mentioned by @pegelli and @waldo_posth I think. Never had the chance to try one so I can't comment.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2021 at 02:09
Where are the 100 F2's?

Getting back to Addy. I am still comparing 200 F2.8's. What is the Minolta good for? My use main use would be cars in whatever sunlight. The comparison is still not going well for the Minolta.

I am looking for a Canon 300 F4 now.

Edited by QuietOC - 11 June 2021 at 02:13
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Originally posted by QuietOC QuietOC wrote:

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I am sure the 80-200 G should be considerably better.


I don't doubt it, but that seemed much, much rarer than the beercan in used-lens markets. The other popular option was the 100-300 APO.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 June 2021 at 00:18
Judging from the eight or so copies of the 70-210 F4 I've used it varies a whole lot less than the later telephoto zooms. The late 75-300 can actually be pretty decent. The original 75-300 may be even better.

I am sure the 80-200 G should be considerably better.

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Originally posted by MisterAndrew MisterAndrew wrote:

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My least favorite lens is probably the beer can. I never quite understood its popularity. It's pretty awful. Dark, slow, not sharp, and horrific vignetting.


I think part of the reputation of the beercan came from those exciting early years (2006-8) of the A-mount in Sony's hands.

People who had the standard 75-300mm lens were underwhelmed. (It was underwhelming) and the next choice up for a telephoto was the 70-200/2.8 G SSM. That was well out of budget for most.

The beercan filled a niche. It was a telephoto that filled the gap between the two aforementioned lenses, was reasonably easy to find 2nd hand, and if you got a good copy, was sharp and had appealing rendering. I've got some macro shots from it that look absolutely fine. I got some lovely portraits.

A lot of posts on Dyxum in this era were about new people to the mount asking what telephoto to get that wasn't as dull as the SAL75-300 or as expensive as the 70-200/2.8 G. The beercan became in practical terms, the default.

It also had flaws, as to be expected of a lens of that era. And if these were overlooked, its reputation could be exaggerated. It does not for instance, qualify as my favourite A mount, or even be a contender. But what it did well, it usually did very well.
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