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    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.

Edited by QuietOC - 11 June 2021 at 12:17
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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?

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My 100 F2 is always in my bag. Light weight. Sturdy. Splendid optical performance. Can be used at full aparture without hesitation.
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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.
a77ii- Sony 135/2.8 STF, 16-50/2.8, 70-200/2.8 G
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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.
a77ii- Sony 135/2.8 STF, 16-50/2.8, 70-200/2.8 G
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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.

Edited by QuietOC - 11 June 2021 at 00:58
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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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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 June 2021 at 13:53
Since buying into full-frame the AF 135 F2.8 Pocket Rocket has literally been my favorite A-mount lens--as in the most used one. It is a bit wide for my uses though, and has some optical qualities I don't like.

The Tamron SP 85 F1.8 USD is the best A-mount lens I have optically and seems worth the bulk over the inferior FE 85 F1.8. The Tamron has a noticeably tighter angle-of-view than the Sony but is still wider than I have much use for. It is not A-mount exclusive other than lacking VC.

I am liking the Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Soft Focus so far--more than the Canon EF 135 F2.8 Softfocus. It seems a much better general prime than the Minolta/Sony Macro too.

Edited by QuietOC - 11 June 2021 at 02:12
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Dark? What do you mean?
Slow AF, yep
Sharpens when you stop down, fine at f/5.6
Never really noticed vignette - so, not horrific

Giving this picture:


But I agree, it is not as good as some people claimed. But also is not as bad as some others claim. I found it a good people lens: nice bokeh, nice colour, nice focallength. But as always, YMMV and it did.
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The Minolta 80-200 mm F2.8 APO HS is the nicest lens I've used. Beautiful color, rendition, and bokeh. I haven't tried the 200 mm prime, so I should give that a go. The Zeiss 50 mm F1.4 is also nice, as is the Zeiss 24mm F2.

Edit: I was saying the Beer Can was probably my least favorite lens, but I was just testing it out on the A7RIV with LA-EA5 and I got some wonderful results. I'm amazed.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote jvandegr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 2021 at 15:32
Curiously, I'd have to say the Minolta 100-200mm f/4.5. It was the first lens to make me question whether I really needed to lug my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 ED VR everywhere. For a fraction of the weight and size, the little Minolta really performs well, especially on APS-C. The diminutive Minolta 35-70mm f/4 did much the same for my Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8. Sure the Nikon was wider and sharper but for me, I often didn't need focal lengths much shorter than 35mm and the Minolta never disappointed.
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Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

As someone said earlier in the thread, this is a hard one; not so different from having to choose a favourite child...

But, as the question revolves around the lens that makes me glad to shoot A mount, it has to be my STF. I don't think there is much like it for any other mount. Most of my other favourites have close cousins in other mounts.


It was an apt observation. And I think anyone who has been in the A-mount a long time will have a few favourites.

Some of the choices I completely understand. The 85/1.4 lens is a sublime portrait lens and the shots I got from mine were wonderful portrait images. But I didn't shoot enough portraits for this to be 'the one'.

Like you, I went for the STF for much the same reasons.
a77ii- Sony 135/2.8 STF, 16-50/2.8, 70-200/2.8 G
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Originally posted by eddyizm eddyizm wrote:

I'm in the easy camp here.

Sony Fisheye 16mm f/2.8

Got it for my a100 and quickly bought a maxxum 5 and learned to shoot film just to shoot the fisheye. The color and sharpness and being able to shoot right into the sun without issue still blows me away to this day.
I've got to say I had a lot of fun with that lens. With the right angle view finder adaptor it made me see the world in a whole new light
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As someone said earlier in the thread, this is a hard one; not so different from having to choose a favourite child...

But, as the question revolves around the lens that makes me glad to shoot A mount, it has to be my STF. I don't think there is much like it for any other mount. Most of my other favourites have close cousins in other mounts.
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