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Steve, thanks for the comment. Love the look of your 400APO, what does the MFD work out to be on that? Flower shot looked decent magnification.
jgaster, ummm yeah. That is why this thread exists. Many of us are hooked on Rokkors or other old Minota lenses. What you describe about apertures is less a property of Minolta and more so of lenses in general.
If you paste the BBcode from flickr, it will display the image here rather than a text link. Pictures speak louder than words. Welcome to the party.
Thanks, Jim. I find the 400 APO to be a great character lens. Nice bokeh for an APO lens, basically no CA either in the focus plane or out and a very nice rendering to my eye. There are sharper lenses, but if you have good light it is a great lens. My biggest gripe is that it is only f/5.6 and it is a long lens. I find I need a monopod to get sharp shots even at 1/400 shutter speed (but I am sure my long lens technique could be better). I prefer the shots when I use a tripod, but I don't always want to schlep one around and you need a bigger tripod for such a long lens. The MFD is listed as 5 ft., but I find it seems to be a bit less. That flower shot wasn't even quite at the MFD, so not a bad magnification at all, and I like the bokeh in that shot. Modern long lenses have a much shorter MFD, but I have never been bothered by the MFD on the Minolta. It certainly could be an issue for some people though.