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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 June 2021 at 07:15
you make it sound like a funeral, B.!   
I, for one, am not ready to part with my serious sturdy cameras, (except when I have to drag them around ), and still not able to see the ergonomic virtues of E-mount? (only see benefits when used with equally small lenses, for street photographers and FFD, for the use of exotic alien lenses of course + features A99s are -still ;) - lacking). many favourites, many of them still on the wishlist ;) and in love with CZ.
if I had to pick 1 of my own, (apart from the ancient M42 ones and the CZ zooms), it would be little Minolta 135/2.8 AF.
(since I -luckily!- never had the privelege to compare it with its Zeiss counterpart, or a 85/1.4 for that matter).
 



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I've not had too much of a range of A mount higher end lenses.

but the one lens I do always goto is the sal50f18 it just seems to have something for me, i love on either APS-C or on my FF E mount
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My 1st gen. 35/1.4 is magical in it's rendering, but if I had to keep just one Minolta AF lens (I could never really do that!) it'd be the original 85/1.4.

While the 85 isn't the best at any one parameter, it's very good at all and has great image feel, with great light gathering and a somewhat versatile focal length on FF.

Honorable mention are the 50/2.8 macro, 100/2, 200/2.8 HS and 28-135/4-4.5
shiny "new" a900 with 35/1.4, 50/1.4, 85/1.4, 100/2, 200/2.8 and 28-135/4-4.5 (plus a huge stack of other less-used Maxxum glass)
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Two lists - my top three for actual personal favourites due to look/IQ/creativity/function vs. my top three for actual use/time on camera situational....

1. Sony CZ 135mm F1.8
2. Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GII SSM
3. Minolta 80-200mm F2.8 G HS

1. Sony 70-400mm G2 SSM
2. Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GII SSM
3. Sony CZ 135mm F1.8
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Thanks @MinoltaMad

The CZ 135/1.8 has several fans in this thread. The original question was to nominate the one, special A mount lens that gave you the most satisfaction and pleasure using. A somewhat onerous challenge as some of us have multiple candidates.

It's been interesting seeing what people come up with.
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

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Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:

Thanks @MinoltaMad

It's been interesting seeing what people come up with.


Agreed. I have to wonder if the same question was asked on the e-mount side of the forum, if any of the same lenses would be suggested again albeit being used via an adapter.

I was a latecomer to the world of AF Minolta lenses, but I'll always hold a special place for the Beercan lens.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MinoltaMad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 September 2021 at 09:12
I actually found it really hard to go - only this lens. I've had more time to ponder. Someone mentioned if there was a fire I could survive with x number of lenses. It would come down to the 135mm CZ or the 70-200mm G2 and whilst I'd cry watching the 135mm Zeiss melt I could do most of my activities with fun and happiness having the 70-200mm G2. It is attached to the body at all times so I think that confirms it.....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Idleidolidyll Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 September 2021 at 11:51
Hmmmm, interesting thread. Totally subjective really. My favourite A mount changes over time and depending on mood/location.
Sigma's 12-24mm DG was awesome when it was released; nothing quite like it at the time. I hd the CZ16-35 and CZ24-70 as well and would often reach for the Sigma first.
That CZ 24-70 f2.8 was my go to tool for a lot of events; on stages and at mountain bike racing. I like getting up close. It's the lens that's had the most use since I went digital I guess.
Right now it's Mamiya 645 80mm f4 Macro mounted on a Mirex tilt/shift adapter. I use it on my Alpha 7 film camera and have used it with my A7R. I also have a Mamiya 645 45mm f2.8 that's damn useful. The shift gives me 58mm wide landscape format using a stitch program or even 36x46mm negs.
In medium tele, I can never pick between the Minolta 100mm 2.8 Macro or 100mm f2.8 Soft Focue.
There's just so many to choose from and all have their own value. In the end though, the most fun has been my Minolta 16mm f2.8 fisheye. I've shot plenty of mountain biking and trials with that one and even shot an entire wedding with it (shots were turned into water colour paintings and delivered on heavy rag watercolour paper).

But hey, next week I might say it's the MD 58mm f1.2 or 35mm 1.8 with an adapter. I started shooting part time commercial with manual lenses in the late 70's so they're like 2nd nature.

Recently I had to buy a Canon. It hurt! However, I wanted to shoot unperforated film and no Minolta will do it (tell me if you know I'm wrong). Canon lenses are SO expensive. Good Minolta lenses are a bloody bargain!
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Originally posted by Idleidolidyll Idleidolidyll wrote:

Hmmmm, interesting thread. Totally subjective really.
Well, no, the Minolta 200/2.8G is objectively the best A-mount lens. Those who disagree are mistaken!

There are affordable Canon lenses. You have to know which and maybe wait for a good deal.
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Originally posted by balacau balacau wrote:

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Agreed. I have to wonder if the same question was asked on the e-mount side of the forum, if any of the same lenses would be suggested again albeit being used via an adapter.

I was a latecomer to the world of AF Minolta lenses, but I'll always hold a special place for the Beercan lens.


I think a number of us have a soft spot for the Beercan. Sure, it's not optically perfect, but its combination of colour, rendering and detail were appealing.

It would be interesting to ask this about the E-mount also. But I don't know what I'd answer. There is a lot more E-mount lenses, and the history of the mount is not as long.

At the moment it is Loxia range of lenses for me, as I just enjoy the whole manual focusing experience with them, and the landscape/seascape images they produce. Plus their whole convenience for hiking with. But I don't have enough experience to look back and go, there is one I can't do without.

a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF, SAL70-200/2.8 G
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Originally posted by Idleidolidyll Idleidolidyll wrote:

Hmmmm, interesting thread. Totally subjective really. My favourite A mount changes over time and depending on mood/location...


Of course, the subjectivity is what makes it interesting . Instead of debating lens characteristics (sharpness, distortion etc) we get to do an entirely subjective, well, "this lens is the one that sold me on the A-mount". Reading the justifications is the fun bit.

I went with the STF lens, not because I used it frequently or often. Just because the photos have a unique property that makes me go 'wow' when I view them at 100%. It was like, "this is the reason to shoot in the A-mount" for me.

a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF, SAL70-200/2.8 G
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Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:



I went with the STF lens, not because I used it frequently or often. Just because the photos have a unique property that makes me go 'wow' when I view them at 100%. It was like, "this is the reason to shoot in the A-mount" for me.



Damn! I bought that lens and didn't use it enough so sold it in a weak moment. Now I miss it and have been looking for a good used one. There's been an E Mount Laowa version on TradeMe for a while but I prefer A Mount as I can use them on my A7R as well as on all my AF Minoltas
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@Idleidolidyll

Ah, that is a shame. Many manufacturers have produced excellent macro and prime lenses. But the A-mount STF lens has for years, been something special for us. And the whole manual experience is something I also enjoy.

According to Phillip Reeve the Minolta/Sony version still has the far better bokeh compared to the Laowa. Which seems to me to be the most important thing. You get the lens to get outstanding bokeh right?

I've found it even easier to use in the E-mount world with the focus magnifying and peaking functions on the cameras.
a7riii- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2, 85/2.4, Batis 85/1.8, 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7

Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF, SAL70-200/2.8 G
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I came to the A mount for the amazing bodies (Sensor IS, SLT etc) and low cost of lenses (used) compared to Nikon and Canon. Not because the lenses were extra special. but;

Minolta 28-105 has been on both my APS-C and FF cameras forever. I had an Xi and when it died I bought an RS. The next lens I use often is the humble beercan (perfect for chasing kids around). Neither is perfect and I have better lenses but they are light, compact, decent IQ and cheap.
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