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    Posted: 07 September 2019 at 17:34
I'm looking for a suggestion to add a wide angle zoom or prime lens for cityscapes/street shots to my current 50mm F1.7 on a Maxxum 70 for a walkabout smaller/lighter/quicker carry compared to my other manual metal bodies. Some of the time I'll just set it to program mode and one hand it for street stuff. While not a robust body it's at least cheap enough to replace or just toss. One thing I would like tho is a fast focusing lens like the 50mm.

 



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The Minolta 28/2.8 or 24/2.8 seem like logical choices to go with your 50/1.7. If you want a zoom, there's the Minolta 24-50/4. There are numerous other options, of course, described and reviewed in the lens database.
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How wide do you want to go? The Konica-Minolta 17-35/2.8-4 is a nice lens. Minolta had the 24/2.8 and 28/2.8 primes Sybersitizen mentioned as well as the Sony 20/2.8.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pbcbob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 September 2019 at 18:03
The 28-85mm or for a bit more reach the 35-105mm. Neither will break the bank and both are of good quality.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 September 2019 at 18:09
Originally posted by wacrider wacrider wrote:

I'm looking for a suggestion to add a wide angle zoom or prime lens for cityscapes/street shots to my current 50mm F1.7 on a Maxxum 70 for a walkabout smaller/lighter/quicker carry compared to my other manual metal bodies. Some of the time I'll just set it to program mode and one hand it for street stuff. While not a robust body it's at least cheap enough to replace or just toss. One thing I would like tho is a fast focusing lens like the 50mm.

The 70 can focus any A-mount lens. The Sony Distagon 24mm F2 SSM works on it. That is a fairly large, heavy lens.

I like the Sigma 12-24 as an ultra-wide zoom, but it is even bigger.

The Minolta/Sony 20mm F2.8 can be pretty decent.

The Minolta 24-50mm F4 was the zoom I most liked to use on the 70.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 September 2019 at 18:24
Oh, almost forgot, the Sigma 24/2.8 - nice small AF lens, even if the AF is a bit noisy. KEH has one in BGN condition for $45,-.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wacrider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 September 2019 at 19:53
I think that I'll look at the 20 & 24mm. Would love a zoom as I shoot alot of landscapes and will be living in north Georgia soon and doing alot of hiking and checking out the waterfall's.
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Then you may find the Minolta 24-50 f4 a good fit. It's fairly light and has excellent color and image quality.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 September 2019 at 22:26
Wide zooms tend to be a bit on the large size, if you are looking for something on the scale of the 50mm then the 24-50 is pretty much it. I have to say that I'm not that impressed by mine - but it's probably just a sub-standard copy since it seems well liked by many. I certainly prefer the 24-85 (mine's the RS) - it's not huge (and you get a short tele thrown in).

I am happy with my Sigma 12-24 - seriously wide but pretty chunky. I also like the Minolta 20 and 24mm primes (a lot). My favourite budget FF all-purpose zoom is the 28-105, but it probably isn't wide enough for you.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 September 2019 at 00:46
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

How wide do you want to go? The Konica-Minolta 17-35/2.8-4 is a nice lens. Minolta had the 24/2.8 and 28/2.8 primes Sybersitizen mentioned as well as the Sony 20/2.8.

Good suggestions +1. The Minolta AF 24-105mm f/3.5-4.5 D is a nice lens that I use a lot.   
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The Sigma 12-24, as mentioned by several folks above, is a fabulous lens. It is bulky and will not accommodate filters but if beyond landscapes you also might be shooting interiors and architecture it performs quite well. And/or if you like the effect in landscape shooting of enlarging a foreground element like a flower relative to the background, this is the lens for you.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil Wood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 September 2019 at 18:29
It is worth noting that the zooms mentioned (Sigma 12-24 & Minolta 17-35) each come in two versions and that, in each case, the versions are very differently rated (check the lens database for details). My Sigma is the older/lesser quality screw drive lens. As the OP is using film the differences in IQ may not be as apparent - so the cost saving of the lesser lenses may be attractive.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 September 2019 at 19:17
Well, there is only ONE Minolta 17-35, the other one is a KONICA-Minolta lens

Okay, for completeness:
The Minolta 17-35/3.5G is a Minolta a professional G-lens with a constant f/3.5 aperture. It is great lens, beautiful colour, extreme corners could be better.

The Konica-Minolta 17-35/2.8-4 (D) is a newer lens build by Tamron. It is a lesser lens then the 17-35G, but not by much. It is solid performer and IMHO the best bang for your money in A-mount wide angle. It is also a light lens.

I did not really like the 17-35/2.8-4 (D) and replaced it with the Minolta 17-35/3.5G because of its lovely colour rendering. But it is more expensive and for film, I would go with the cheaper one.

For more opinions, like Philip said, take a look at the lens database.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wacrider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 September 2019 at 23:38
Thanks for all the suggestions. I've been reading reviews in the database for three days now and ran across Kurtmunger.com site yesterday and reading that as well. I'll probably skip the 24-50, 17-35 and longer and just look for a 24mm or a 28mm depening on codition and price.
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