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Originally posted by Miranda F Miranda F wrote:

Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

My personal favourite A-Mount lens? Minolta AF 24-105mm F/3.5-4.5 D. I could have and probably should have "one and done" with this lens. Hind sight is 20/20. Everything about this lens is perfect. Size, weight, lens shade, focal range, distortion, colour rendering, sharpness and easy on the pocket book. I've tried the larger, faster, more expensive options and should have saved my money.

It's my favourite lens on film (600SI), with the 50mm f1.7 as second best due its smooth OOF behaviour.
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The Zeiss 135 really was an absolute stunner, but for charm, character, size and pics I'm going to say the Minolta 'pocket rocket' 135 2.8. It was a beautifully formed little thing, and my intro to the 135 length, giving a nice 200mm on A700. I loved it, and although I did let it go for the bigger Zeiss (without regret), it will always have a special place in my heart.
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Originally posted by mambo mambo wrote:

Hi Basil, I am delighted the 600/4 is being taken for a spin once in a while.


I am still in the learning curve phase of using it. The pandemic has curtailed my wildlife excursions. It is very touchy as far as vibration goes, even with a rock solid tripod and gimbal head. I need to use a remote release and be patient with my long lens technique. I am still having to think about it each time I release the shutter. It will eventually become second nature as I get more accustomed to it. I have far more out of focus shots than keepers at the moment. But when it is right.....oh my!
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Originally posted by LAbernethy LAbernethy wrote:

My personal favourite A-Mount lens? Minolta AF 24-105mm F/3.5-4.5 D. I could have and probably should have "one and done" with this lens. Hind sight is 20/20. Everything about this lens is perfect. Size, weight, lens shade, focal range, distortion, colour rendering, sharpness and easy on the pocket book. I've tried the larger, faster, more expensive options and should have saved my money.

It's my favourite lens on film (600SI), with the 50mm f1.7 as second best due its smooth OOF behaviour.
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Seeing all enthusiasm on the 100F2 I guess I need to start shooting with it more. It doesn't see much use time.
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Without a doubt my Zeiss 85mm f1.4
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My first love was 70-210 F4, it did produce classics and a great lens for portrait (yes).

BUT 100MM F2 is by far the best for me, its size, bokeh, sharpness at F2, colour wow .. this is a beauty. Has produced some great photographs.

Have been using 135mm 1.8 for sometime now and this lens is out of the world, the pictures are miles apart from any contemporary lens. Still have not used it as long as 100MM F2 but am sure it will challenge the first place.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote LAbernethy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2021 at 01:25
My personal favourite A-Mount lens? Minolta AF 24-105mm F/3.5-4.5 D. I could have and probably should have "one and done" with this lens. Hind sight is 20/20. Everything about this lens is perfect. Size, weight, lens shade, focal range, distortion, colour rendering, sharpness and easy on the pocket book. I've tried the larger, faster, more expensive options and should have saved my money.
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Different lenses for different reasons. To simplify;

Portrait; Minolta 85 f/1.4 G (D). Minolta 100/f2 honorable mention.

Everything else; Sony 70-400G (V1).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 2manycamera Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2021 at 23:46
Been thinking, picking, changing my mind, then changing again. I knew it would come down to one of the three F2.0 Minolta's: 28/2. 35/2 or 100/2.

I've had the 35/2 the longest, just about 30 years. It was my walk around lens for Maxxum 9000/600si/9 bodies. Took a back seat on the app-c sensor of the 7D, but right back on with the a850. Always loved the rendering and color. The 28/2 is probably a bit better lens optically overall, but its main advantage for my use was the 42mm "equivalent" field of view on aps-c bodies.

But when all is said and done, it's the 100/2 that still holds my heart. Film or digital, aps-c or FF, A-mount or adapted on E-mount, it does not matter. Beautiful bokeh, good transitions and lovely Minolta colors. I just love what I get from it.
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Thanks- this was a good thread to wake up to, and see all the responses. The reasons are engaging reading.

I like that some of you are going for some of those first generation lenses. Nothing wrong with a bit of nostalgia to give a lens a boost.

As for me, while I've shot a lot of classic lenses and quite a few G's, the one I think that stands out is the 135mm STF. It seemed to be the culmination of all those Minolta efforts with colour reproduction, rendering and art, to end up with something that was for years, unrivalled anywhere else. It didn't hurt that you had to go old-school and manually focus the lens. It just added to that whole, creative experience.
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First A-mount lens that I really got attached to ... Minolta AF 28-135mm f4-4.5. This was my walk-around lens.
The Sony SAL 70-400mm G1, Ok this has been the best telephoto zoom I have ever used.
I picked up a Minolta AF 200mm f/2.8 APO (v1) ... and I cannot seem to let it go, even though I have no use for it.
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I recently picked up the 135/1.8 ZA and it's an awesome lens. But the size and weight means I often won't choose to take it with me. For that reason I'd say my favourite is my Minolta 200/2.8, which is so much lighter and also pairs well with the matched Minolta 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. That provides a compact and flexible travel telephoto option, while also delivering beautiful portraits when there's enough working room.

I also love my Minolta 85/1.4(D), which replaced an original version which was just as good but which I unfortunately dropped on a hard church floor. My Sigma Art 35/1.4 is also a great lens when needing something wider.

So while the 135 delivers in terms of overall image quality, it has some stiff competition.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 May 2021 at 19:33
Hard choice. I used to be a 'zoomer', so I don't have many primes.
The use of vintage) primes only grew after joining ths great forum a few years ago.
My 70-400G (M1) is a my beloved walk around nature lens, but the rendering of my 2.8/70-200G is hard to beat and my Sigma 2.8/105 EX DG HSM Macro OS is a great macro lens. It really depends on the purpose.
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