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    Posted: 13 January 2020 at 21:01
Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

@mainoo,
Welcome to Dyxum, and looking forward to seeing more of your posts, including images.

+1 ! Nothing wrong with your line up. Looking forward to some of your work.
There is also a special thread for new members to introduce themselves
 



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@mainoo,
Welcome to Dyxum, and looking forward to seeing more of your posts, including images.

As for your line-up, I'm sure there are lots of people here with opinions about your kit.
Basically, what you've listed is all very good, and I guess as with everyone it's 'horses for courses' depending on genre, style, subject matter, and especially budget.

Of the lenses you've named, I've owned the Minolta 80-200mm f2.8 HS APO as well as the Minolta 100-300mm APO and they are both very fine. I've since moved on to the SAL70200G2 SSM in that range and am more than happy with it.

I own and regularly use both the CZ 135mm f1.8 Sonnar and the Minolta 500mm f8 AF Reflex and love them for what they can each deliver. The 135mm is probably my favourite lens although for most of my shooting I tend to use CZ Vario-Sonnar fast zooms and Sony G fast tele zooms.
As for your future Minolta lens purchases, you'll find they are quite affordable and will deliver high quality.

I also have an a99ii as my primary camera and am a big fan - it's capabilities and ergonomics are outstanding.

As you'd be aware, the Dyxum lens data base is full of all the information and technical details of every lens that can be used with any of the cameras in the a-mount and e-mount world, including professional as well as Dyxum member user reviews and sample images. If you've not yet dipped into this treasure trove, I highly recommend you do.

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New here and in the foothills of my lens collection. Thought I'd post to see whether there are flaws in my approach.

Love minolta colour so I am centering my equipment around them. Mainly shoot street and belong to the telephoto tribe. So far I have the following a mount lenses:

Zooms
28-135 about 40 quid so I couldn't resist. Went straight out and started shooting on my A6500 via an LA EA2.

100-300 APO - (again under 40) . my copy is fantastically corrected - shot a chrome structure against the sky (not overly bright admittedly) and there wasn't a hint of purple.

80-200 2.8 APO HS - amazing lens (need to MFA it) but I like everything about it (even the machine gun AF)

Primes
135mm 1.8 Sonnar - still shooting it manually as AF was way off. Shooting street manually is a challenge but I'm loving it. This lens is the reason I'm about to get an A99 II. The aim is to use eye af across the sensor (assuming micro adjustment restores AF sharpness - is eye AF affected by MFA?)

500 Reflex - fantastic lens. Got it to shoot surf photography and found it was very useful for street too and the quality is amazing (for the money).

Cameras
A6500 - fantastic camera - I only discovered just how fantastic when I got an A7R2 and realised how shallow the buffer is, that you are restricted to AF-S when you shoot silent, etc. Only problem is that I can only shoot the minolta lenses I like so much via the LA EAX with its few centred phase detect points - so I'll keep the A6500 mainly so I have something that can be completely silent and for adapting lenses and for it's sport shooting ability and for the extra reach....

A7R2 - only bought recently but will almost certainly sell in favour of A99 II.

A99 II - am about to buy this in the hope that it will free me from the constraints of La EA4 adapters (no AF-C mid or High speed), restricted PDAF points, old tech - I'm expecting all my lenses to be much more usable on the A99 II but the star will be the 135/1.8 which is compatible with hybrid AF.

One day in priority order:
400/4.45 APO HS
28-70 2.8 G (preferred colour and rendition) or 28-75 SAM (only because it will do hybrid AF)
28/2
100/2
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Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:


I've been lusting after a Minolta AF 300 f/4 HS APO G but can't really justify the expense or the pain in my back.

There's a Toking 300/f4 available on eBay right now for what seems to be a reasonable price.
By some accounts, it's sharper than the MAF 300/f4 so why not give it a try?
C'mon, you can do it!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 November 2019 at 03:08
Originally posted by pbcbob pbcbob wrote:

Good collection Lee. You have me beat by a bit; however, I feel you need Minolta prime 200 and 300mm F2.8 lenses!

I've been lusting after a Minolta AF 300 f/4 HS APO G but can't really justify the expense or the pain in my back.
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Good collection Lee. You have me beat by a bit; however, I feel you need Minolta prime 200 and 300mm F2.8 lenses!
 



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I have tried to like the EVF but I keep going back to the OVF when I can. Most used *

Cameras:

Minolta 7D
Sony A700 *
Sony A850 *
Sony A77 *
Sony A99

Every pot needs a lid. I have found I like different lenses on different bodies for different applications depending on weather and lighting conditions. More than I need really.

Lenses:

Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF
Tamron AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD *
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro *
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro

Sigma 10-20mm/f4.5-5.6
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 EX DG *
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO *
Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM *

Minolta AF 24mm f/2.8
Minolta AF 28mm f/2.8
Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4
Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7
Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7 RS
Minolta AF 50mm f/2.8 macro *
Minolta AF 50mm f/2.8 macro RS
Minolta AF 85mm f/1.4
Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 D macro
Minolta AF 135mm f/2.8

Sony DT 30mm f/2.8 macro
Sony 35mm f/1.4 G *
Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 *
Sony 50mm f/1.4
Sony DT 50mm f/1.8
Sony 50mm f/2.8 macro
Sony 85mm f/2.8

Minolta AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 D
Minolta AF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5 *
Minolta AF 28-70mm f/2.8 G
Minolta AF 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta AF 28-135 f/4-4.5 *
Minolta AF 35-105 f/3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta AF 70-210 f/4
Minolta AF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 100-200mm f/4.5 *
Minolta AF 80-200 f/2.8 HS APO G

Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM *
Sony DT 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 CZ
Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 *
Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM II
Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6
Sony DT 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
Sony DT 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM
Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM
Sony 70300mm F4.55.6 G SSM *

Flashes

Sony HVL-F20AM
Sony HVL-F36AM
Sony HVL-F42AM *
Sony HVL-F43AM
Sony HVL-F58AM *
Sony HVL-F20M
Sony HVL-F43M


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Cameras:
a99ii
a99
a77ii
Vertical control grips:
VG-C77AM
VG-C99AM

Full Frame:
Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Planar
Zeiss 85mm f1.4 Planar
Zeiss 135mm f1.8 Sonnar
Zeiss 24-70mm f2.4 Vario-Sonnar
Zeiss 16-35mm f2.4 Vario-Sonnar

Sony 70-200mm f2.4 G SSM ii
Sony 70-400mm f4-5.6 G SSM ii

Sony 100mm f2.8 Macro
Sony 300mm f2.8 G SSM

Minolta 500mm f8 AF Reflex

Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX DG diagonal Fisheye

Sony 1.4x APO teleconverter
Sony 2.0x APO teleconverter

Cropped APSC sensor:
Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC APSC wide-angle zoom

Flashes:
Sony HVL-F20AM
Sony HVL-F43AM
Sony HVL-F58AM
Sony HVL-F60AM

Definitely a horses for courses mix and match depending on subject matter and occasion.
Mostly a99ii and CZ 24-70mm f2.4, but really enjoy the Zeiss primes. And of course the big guns for wildlife and sport.

Edited by Jozioau - 03 November 2019 at 06:14
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My lineup has grown a bit since my last post:

Cameras:
  • a99ii
  • a99

Lenses:

  • Zooms:
    • Tamron 15-30/2.8
    • Sony 16-50/2.8 (crop)
    • Minolta 35-70/4 (micro-beercan)
    • Minolta 70-210/4 (beercan)
    • Tamron 70-300 SP USD

  • Primes:
    • Samyang 7.5/3.5 fisheye
    • Sigma 15/2.8 fisheye
    • Zeiss 24/2
    • Minolta 35/1.4G
    • Sigma 35/1.4 Art
    • Sigma 50/1.4 EX
    • Zeiss 50/1.4
    • Rokkor 58/1.2
    • Lensbaby 60/2.5 "Twist"
    • Sigma 70/2.8 macro
    • Lensbaby 80/2.8 "Edge"
    • Minolta 85/1.4G
    • Tamron 85/1.8 SP
    • Sony 135/2.8(T/4.5) STF
    • Zeiss 135/1.8
    • Sigma 180/2.8 macro

Some get more use than others :)
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I have trimmed my A-mount kit by selling anything APS-C and picking up a 24-70 to replace the 16-50 last year. I'm under 10 A-mount lenses for the first time in years:

Bodies:
Sony A99II with VG
Sony A7 w/ LA-EA4

Zooms:
Sony 24-70/2.8 ZA
Minolta 28-105 RS (backup/light travel)
Minolta 80-200/2.8 HS G
Sony 70-300G1
Sony 70-400G1
Minolta 100-300 APO D (backup/light travel)

Primes:
Minolta 20/2.8 RS
Sony 50/1.4
Minolta 100/2.8 RS Macro

I think that this will be my final A-mount kit and should serve me well for the next 5+ years. Technology has reached a level where the camera doesn't get in my way and progress has slowed down, so no need for me to upgrade or switch anytime soon. I also have the Sony FE 24-70/4 ZA OSS for travel with the A7 and a number of old Minolta SR lenses from the 16 to 200mm for slow projects.




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Good to see that the old minolta lenses are still in use.

Cameras
Sony A700
Sony A77 (most in use)
Minolta Dynax 800si (not in use anymore)

Lenses
Minolta 50mm/f2.8 macro
Minolta 100mm/f2.8 macro
Minolta 50mm/f1.4
Minolta 24-50mm/f4.0
Minolta 400mm/f4.5
Sony 1.4x converter (doesn't fit on the Sigma tele's)
Sony 16-80mm/f3.5-4.5
Tamron 70-210mm/f2.8
Sigma 10-20mm/f4.5-5.6
Sigma 12-24mm/f4.5-5.6
Sigma 70-300mm/f4.0-5.6
Sigma 300mm/f2.8
Sigma 500mm/f4.5
Sigma 1.4x converter (bought this week second hand for 75)

Flashes
Minolta 5600HS
Sony HVL 58AM

Recently sold
Sigma 18mm/f4.0
Novoflex pigriff + Leitz 560mm/f6.8

A lot of overlap. Thinking about selling some stuff, would make my wife happy!
I am concentrating on bird photography, so I keep the tele's.
I am not thinking about changing to E-mount, though I get a bit jealous when I see the results of the new Sony A7Riv in combination with the 200-600mm.
Bought my wife a Sony RX10miv and sometimes I am allowed to use it too
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Been using A mount since the early 90s when I picked up a Minolta AF 7000 (which I still have). Also have a 600si classic which I used a lot and its now dead. Still use a 800si when I want to use film.

Happily still using my Dynax 7D which I purchased new, the only piece of photography kit Ive ever purchased new. It has the first frame black issue but just turn it off and on again a couple of times and its good to go.

Main camera is an a850.

Zooms

Sigma 17-35 f2.8-4
Tokina 28-80 f2.8 ATX pro
Tokina 80-200 f2.8 ATX pro
Minolta 28-85 f3.5-4.5, kit lens with my Minolta 7000

Zeiss primes

Lucky to have the full set so,

ZA 24 f2
ZA 50 f1.4
ZA 85 f1.4
ZA 135 f1.8

G primes

Sony 35 f1.4
Minolta 85 f1.4 (rs)

The f2s

Again lucky to have the set so,

Minolta 28 f2
Minolta 35 f2
Minolta 100 f2

The rest

Minolta 20 f2.8
Minolta 50 f1.7 (have 2 of these little gems)
Minolta 135 f2.8
Sigma 300 f4 tele apo macro
Set of extension tubes
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Recently changed over to predominately A mount, previously was shooting with a NEX-6 with Sigma Primes and adapted Nikon Series E, alongside a Nikon D7000 with a 55-300mm.

New lineup
Sony A7R with LA-E4 full frame main camera
Sony A68 APS-C fast action and telephoto camera.
Minolta 7000 35mm film

The A-mount lenses
Minolta 28mm /f2.8
Minolta 50mm /f1.7
Konica Minolta 17-35mm f/2.8-4
Minolta 28-70mm f/2.8 G
Minolta 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta 70-210mm /f4 "Beer Can"
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM
Kenko extension tube set

The only new item above was the LA-E4 the rest are all used.

I did own the Sony/Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS for a couple of weeks but quickly changed tack from FE to A mount and traded it in.

Other lenses
Adapted Nikon E Series 50mm f/1.8, 100mm f/2.8 and 75-150mm f/3.5 zoom
De-baffled Sigma 19mm,30mm and 60mm f/2.8 E mount primes.
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I have a pile of lenses, most of which are cheapo Minolta zooms bought more out of curiosity than any real photographic reason. Few of them get much use.

My go to lenses are a mix, reflecting my use of APS-C (A77 & A58) as well as FF (A900). ** indicates frequent use, * shows less frequent use.

Primes (all get occasional use)
Minolta 20mm f2.8
Minolta 24mm f2.8*
Minolta 28mm f2.8
Sony DT 30mm f2.8 macro
Sony DT 35mm f1.8*
Minolta 50mm f1.4
Minolta 50mm f1.7*
Sony DT 50mm f1.8
Minolta 50mm f2.8 macro**
Minolta 50mm f3.5 macro
Sony 85mm f2.8*
Minolta 100mm f2.8 D macro**
Minolta 135mm f2.8*
Vivitar 500mm mirror

Zooms
APS-C
Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6*
Sony DT 16-50mm SSM**
Tamron 16-300mm**
Sony DT 18-55 SAM
Sony DT 18-55 SAM II*
Minolta DT 18-70
Sony DT 18-70
Sony DT 18-250

FF
Minolta 24-50
Minolta 24-85*
Minolta 28-80xi f4-4.5
Minolta 28-80 f4-4.5
Minolta 28-80 f3.5-5.6 II
Minolta 28-80 f3.5-5.6 D
Sigma 28-80
Minolta 28-85 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-100 D
Minolta 28-105xi
Minolta 28-105 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 28-135 f4-4.5*
Minolta 35-70 f4
Minolta 35-70 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-80 f4-5.6
Minolta 35-80xi
Minolta 35-80 f4-5.6 II
Minolta 35-105
Minolta 35-105 N
Sigma 60-200
Minolta 70-210 f4*
Minolta 70-210 f3.5-4.5*
Minolta 70-210 f4.5-5.6
Minolta 70-210 f4.5-5.6 II
Sigma 70-210
Sigma 70-300
Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6
Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 N
Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 II
Minolta 75-300 f4.5-5.6 D
Minolta 80-200 f4.5-5.6
Minolta 80-200xi
Minolta 100-200 f4.5*
Minolta 100-300 f4.5-5.6
Sigma 170-500*

I also have TCs and a number of old bodies (5D, A100, A350, A390).

In general I use the A900 with primes, the A77 with the 16-50 SSM or a prime (with the 18-55 SAM II in my pocket) and the A58 with the Tamron 16-300 on tourist jaunts. The Sigma 10-20 & 170-500 cover very occasional needs to stray outside my normal range.
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