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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Minolta MD 28-70 f/3.5-4.8 and MD 35-105 f/3.5-4.5


Anyone try these lenses? I'm looking for lightweight legacy normal zooms for landscape shooting while hiking- stopped down on a tripod, so wide open performance doesn't matter much. Weight does. I already have an MD 35-70 f/3.5 macro that I like on my A7rii; weight is ok, and performance is good, but I find the range kinda limited. I'd like to go a little wider and/or longer, hence my question.

If you guys have any other suggestions that meet the above characteristics and are relatively cheap, I'm open. Thanks.



Sep 13, 2017 at 02:18 AM
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What about a 50-135mm? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ex-Minolta-50-135mm-F3-5-MD-Zoom-Rokkor-for-MD-Lens-6280-/253137085545?hash=item3af0256469:g:VQ8AAOSw~jNZX9k2




Sep 13, 2017 at 01:43 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Minolta MD 28-70 f/3.5-4.8 and MD 35-105 f/3.5-4.5


I have a 35-135/3.5 MD but I haven't given it any rigorous testing, nor have I used it for the sort of shots that will show up corner or edge weakness. However, it's sharp enough at infinity. This links to a shot I took on an A7R2 with this lens and the resultant heavily cropped image is good enough for me.

https://flic.kr/p/yuLJHu

Zoom design was pretty basic in those days so don't expect miracles. There are some surprising exceptions like the 35-70/3.5 that you own but generally these lenses are not so hot. For example the MD 28-85, once touted as a great lens, is pretty weak in my opinion. The 35-135 can be bought for little money so if you don't like it you can always move it on.



Sep 13, 2017 at 01:57 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Minolta MD 28-70 f/3.5-4.8 and MD 35-105 f/3.5-4.5


What if you:

1.) Pick a couple of really nice primes, not necessarily the super fast less than 2.0 ones, but primes with good rep and take those. It's a really light bag and less concerning about having everything you need to get anything you see.

2.) Ignore what you feel like you can't get and get what you can with those lenses?

In the old days, when these legacy lenses were current - the zooms weren't consider the best optically. They were handy but there were certain lenses considered optically superior in primes.




Sep 13, 2017 at 02:41 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Minolta MD 28-70 f/3.5-4.8 and MD 35-105 f/3.5-4.5


That 50-135 looks like it might be worth trying, thanks. Most of these lenses are so cheap it can't really hurt to try them, and I did find some good reviews for the two I mentioned on aps-c; just thought it might save me some trouble asking here first.

Yeah, primes and some cropping (since I have so many pixels to work with) could be a good option; I just tend to prefer composing in camera when possible, and find zooming with my feet a little hard in the mountains. Guess I've also been a little spoiled by my md 35-70 - it's a great little lens, and was hoping to find some similarly performing ones.



Sep 13, 2017 at 04:12 PM
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"That 50-135 looks like it might be worth trying, thanks. Most of these lenses are so cheap it can't really hurt to try them, and I did find some good reviews for the two I mentioned on aps-c; just thought it might save me some trouble asking here first."

I know, right? It's just crazy how great these lenses are for stupid, stupid little money. I had a 55mm f1.7 sitting in my closet in its original box for idk - 10 years? - I just got it out yesterday and stuck it on the Sony and was blown away by how wonderful the files - even at wide open.

Aside from that, I have a 100mm f4 macro that is very light to carry and does beautiful macro work...then there's some long zooms I have just bought but not tried yet.

The point is that you can have this entire stash of Minolta lenses to try out and you will spend less than one Zeiss.

Plus, you are going hiking - it's like any other traveling, things can happen to your gear or you get in a weather situation. I don't want to trash $10,000 worth of gear on a hike IYKWIM.



Sep 13, 2017 at 05:28 PM
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pasblues wrote:
I know, right? It's just crazy how great these lenses are for stupid, stupid little money. I had a 55mm f1.7 sitting in my closet in its original box for idk - 10 years? - I just got it out yesterday and stuck it on the Sony and was blown away by how wonderful the files - even at wide open.

Aside from that, I have a 100mm f4 macro that is very light to carry and does beautiful macro work...then there's some long zooms I have just bought but not tried yet.

The point is that you can have
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Good points! I'm not sure, though, if looking at all of these old lenses is good or bad for my gear lust; I can get a fix for pocket change (practically nothing compared to Sony's/Zeiss's expensive lenses), but then there's so much to look at and try, it might just be making the whole thing worse.

For longish stuff, I have a Konica 135 f/3.5 that went with an old hand me down Autoreflex T that got me started in photography a long time ago. It's surprisingly small and good. Crazy to be back to shooting with that one after all these years.



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It is...really...I've had my Minolta SRT-101 (my first camera) sitting around for years on the closet shelf. It was so great to get the lens out and using them again. I'm really happy for all this old glass getting new leases. They are fine equipment.


Sep 14, 2017 at 06:19 PM
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Jimi3 wrote:
Good points! I'm not sure, though, if looking at all of these old lenses is good or bad for my gear lust


Then you definitely don't want to see the list of every manual lens Minolta made, lest you decide to hunt for the rarer ones (Not that I know this from experience )

http://minolta.eazypix.de/lenses/

But it is interesting to see some of the more unusual lenses in the line.




Sep 14, 2017 at 07:29 PM
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Betacamman wrote:
Then you definitely don't want to see the list of every manual lens Minolta made, lest you decide to hunt for the rarer ones (Not that I know this from experience )

http://minolta.eazypix.de/lenses/

But it is interesting to see some of the more unusual lenses in the line.




Oh god. Yup, there goes my weekend, at the very least.



Sep 14, 2017 at 08:19 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Minolta MD 28-70 f/3.5-4.8 and MD 35-105 f/3.5-4.5


18mm f/9.5 ?


Sep 14, 2017 at 08:19 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Minolta MD 28-70 f/3.5-4.8 and MD 35-105 f/3.5-4.5


There were some weird ones. I have the 40-80mm 2.8 (got it as part of a bulk lot on eBay) and it's rather odd

https://petapixel.com/2017/08/14/forgotten-solution-problems-zoom-lenses/



Sep 14, 2017 at 08:33 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Minolta MD 28-70 f/3.5-4.8 and MD 35-105 f/3.5-4.5




Betacamman wrote:
There were some weird ones. I have the 40-80mm 2.8 (got it as part of a bulk lot on eBay) and it's rather odd

https://petapixel.com/2017/08/14/forgotten-solution-problems-zoom-lenses/


So weird, but really cool. Does it perform well?



Sep 15, 2017 at 02:37 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Minolta MD 28-70 f/3.5-4.8 and MD 35-105 f/3.5-4.5


What a pleasure to read about the 40-80mm. That's a true wonder of a lens. Engineering was rampant in those days. So much cool stuff came down the pike.


Sep 15, 2017 at 04:41 AM







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