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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.
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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.
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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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The original 85 1.4 is my favorite. And it was a beautiful lens to boot. Imo the 200 2.8 is Minolta a best lens and I donít think itís close. A shoutout to the 100f2 which is almost as good optically as the 200. So why did I pick the 85 1.4? I had an amazing copy that was sharp wide open with beautiful bokeh. The portraits were magical.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote eddyizm Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 May 2021 at 22:11
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.
 



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The 50/1.7 and the beercan got me hooked on photography and are therefore my favorites.
The 135/1.8 was nice, but my copy developed a loose front and the screwdrive was loud and primitive even at the standards of that time.
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While I enjoy many Minolta lenses and can see the attraction of several mentioned (especially the 80-200/2.8 and the 35/2) it is the 100/2.8 macro D that is the one I am most comfortable with, an old friend that always provides. If I feel jaded and uninspired I will often plug this lens on to a camera and go for a walk, it's a great macro lens and a brilliant portrait lens that also takes super landscapes and architectural shots - I love it.
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

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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That would be the 135ZA 1.8
It delivers great photos, that can easily be recognized.
From a practical viewpoint, it would be the 1680CZ that has been my most used lens on my A700. Always with me, never failed me.
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There are so many.... General Purpose? 35-105 original. Daytrips with fam? 80-200/2.8. Portrait magic? 85/1.4 original.... though the 80-200 is no slouch there either.

Just one? 80-200/2.8 - by far and away I have taken more magical shots with this lens than any other I have, or have had - all the way back to my A700 days.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2021 at 16:12
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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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tricky01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2021 at 15:48
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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