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I've had v1 Tam 150-600, currently have v1 Tam 150-600 in a-mount, Tam 150-600G2 in EOS mount, Minolta 400/4.5, Sony 70-400G2.
You saw the Nuthatch posted above with the v1 Tam on the a99ii.
My Minolta 400/4.5 is a big disappointment (used/e-bay).
The TamG2 is way nicer build quality and the hockey puck for firmware update but I wouldn't buy it for huge increase in IQ....if it is better than the v1 it is just marginally so.
When I grab a lens in this focal length for the a99ii it is the 70-400G2. Tried, proven and sharp at 400mm.
Now, the v1 I
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I wonder if the Tam excels in A mount over EF because lens stabilization has been locked down in the Sony?



Jan 08, 2017 at 04:26 PM
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Does anyone know if the A99ii suffers the same long exposure high ISO thermal noise issues that the A7rII does?


Jan 08, 2017 at 05:37 PM
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MedicineMan404 wrote:
I've had v1 Tam 150-600, currently have v1 Tam 150-600 in a-mount, Tam 150-600G2 in EOS mount, Minolta 400/4.5, Sony 70-400G2.
You saw the Nuthatch posted above with the v1 Tam on the a99ii.
My Minolta 400/4.5 is a big disappointment (used/e-bay).
The TamG2 is way nicer build quality and the hockey puck for firmware update but I wouldn't buy it for huge increase in IQ....if it is better than the v1 it is just marginally so.
When I grab a lens in this focal length for the a99ii it is the 70-400G2. Tried, proven and sharp at 400mm.
Now, the v1 I
...Show more

Thanks for the detailed explanation. I wish the Minolta 400 4.5 would have been sharper, but that's the way it goes. It went back to KEH. Too bad, for only $1,350 I felt like it was a bargain find. Assuming I don't see some incredible deal for the G1 Tamron, I'll wait until the G2 Tamron comes out for the a-mount and decide from there.

Anyone have experience with those older Tokina 300mm 2.8's? Reviews seem to suggest AF is a little slow but IQ is ok. They appear a bargain though.

My quick thoughts on the A99ii after using it over the weekend with the Minolta 80-200 2.8 for my daughters indoor cheerleading...it feels like a full-frame version of my old Canon 7DII. I'm happy with it so far. As long as the lenses you need are of good quality and available in a-mount (which they are for me with the 80-200 & 70-400) I have no reason to go back to Canon with the 5D4, which is the camera I was considering along with the A99ii.



Jan 09, 2017 at 06:42 PM
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I've finally MFA'd my Minolta 400 APO, and results are much better than before, or at least I think so-

Minolta 400mm APO MFA +7 by MedicineMan4040, on Flickr



Jan 09, 2017 at 10:31 PM
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I've seen a few Minolta 300 2.8's on ebay, that with a 2x tc might be a good combo and can be had in the $1500 range

gocolts wrote:
Thanks for the detailed explanation. I wish the Minolta 400 4.5 would have been sharper, but that's the way it goes. It went back to KEH. Too bad, for only $1,350 I felt like it was a bargain find. Assuming I don't see some incredible deal for the G1 Tamron, I'll wait until the G2 Tamron comes out for the a-mount and decide from there.

Anyone have experience with those older Tokina 300mm 2.8's? Reviews seem to suggest AF is a little slow but IQ is ok. They appear a bargain though.

My quick thoughts on the A99ii after using
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Jan 09, 2017 at 11:23 PM
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MedicineMan404 wrote:
I've finally MFA'd my Minolta 400 APO, and results are much better than before, or at least I think so-

https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/615/31841373090_368b0aa7eb_o.jpgMinolta 400mm APO MFA +7 by MedicineMan4040, on Flickr


Looking good, now let's see some wide open.



Jan 09, 2017 at 11:35 PM
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pizdets17 wrote:
I've seen a few Minolta 300 2.8's on ebay, that with a 2x tc might be a good combo and can be had in the $1500 range



I've been considering this. I used to have a Canon 300 2.8 as it gives a lot of options between speed & length due to TC use. And reviews I've found on the old Minolta 300 2.8 suggest it's a sharp lens.



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if its anything close to the Minolta 200 2.8 I have, it will be a razor

gocolts wrote:
I've been considering this. I used to have a Canon 300 2.8 as it gives a lot of options between speed & length due to TC use. And reviews I've found on the old Minolta 300 2.8 suggest it's a sharp lens.





Jan 11, 2017 at 02:06 AM
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The 200 HS G is a very special lens. This is a lens to get the matched 1.4x and even the 2x teleconverters. Minolta made 3 versions of their teleconverters. APO, APO II, and APO D. The D allows operation with 8 pinned D lenses with or without SSM/SAM.... So it would work with the 100/2.8 D Macro.

Now then, according to Dyxum, whic cites Sony's website as the source, the 70-400G is comaptible with the Sony 1.4x and SHOULD work with the Minolta APO D 1.4x. The earlier Minolta Teleconverters were all 5 pin and do not support SSM/SAM lenses.

For more into on teleconverters, check out Dyxums excellent write up.

http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/teleconverters.asp

Oh, the 80-200 is compatible with the Kenko 300 Pro t/c's, but not the Minoltas due to physical design (seems a huge oversite).



Jan 14, 2017 at 05:59 PM
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TheEmrys wrote:
The 200 HS G is a very special lens. This is a lens to get the matched 1.4x and even the 2x teleconverters. Minolta made 3 versions of their teleconverters. APO, APO II, and APO D. The D allows operation with 8 pinned D lenses with or without SSM/SAM.... So it would work with the 100/2.8 D Macro.

Now then, according to Dyxum, whic cites Sony's website as the source, the 70-400G is comaptible with the Sony 1.4x and SHOULD work with the Minolta APO D 1.4x. The earlier Minolta Teleconverters were all 5 pin and do not support SSM/SAM lenses.
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I can vouch for the Kenko 1.4 MC4 DGX working well with the 80-200 & A99ii.



Jan 14, 2017 at 07:53 PM
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Minolta 2x II works well with the 200 2.8 on my A99II. Also works with the 70-400 g2 (but manual focus of course)


Jan 15, 2017 at 07:30 PM
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A decent real-world review of the A99ii from a sports photographer...

https://www.slrlounge.com/the-sony-a99ii-pro-sports-photographer-davey-wilson-pits-it-against-the-d5-1dx-mark-ii/




Jan 27, 2017 at 03:10 PM
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Kai out it again




Jan 27, 2017 at 11:55 PM
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not exactly a technical review lol. He's a goof ball. This f3.5 thing is being beaten to death


Jan 29, 2017 at 02:47 AM
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