Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!

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heliguy
heliguy Regular Member • Posts: 404
Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
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Minolta made a lot of good glass both AF and MF. Was wondering what the ultimate top 10 list of Minolta lenses would be. I have the Minolta 50mm f1.4 that should surely make the list, it's my fave legacy lens. I'm not very familiar with the entire product family. What's your Minolta top 10?

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Edward Sargent
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35-70 f4
50mm f1.7
200mm f2.8 G HS
70-210 f4

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I use this lens alot. Small and easy to carry.

Minolta 100-200mm f/4.5 AF

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dodgebaena
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AF 28F2.8 very small and for me is my ideal focal length of 42mm (equivalent)
AF 50f1.7
AF 50f3.5 macro
AF 100-200 f4.5
Still looking for a reasonably-priced 24 or wider.

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tomhongkong
tomhongkong Senior Member • Posts: 2,996
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I suggest you look at the lens database at Dyxum.com.

I don't know what your favourite FL is, whether you like primes or zooms or how much you are prepared to spend but you can make a decision based on your needs and others' ratings. You need to be a bit aware that some folks are carried away by the cheapness of the lenses on the s/h market, though, when giving out their ratings.

Generally, G lenses are the best and if you can afford them, and don't mind the weight are the ones to go for.

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pureaxis
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The Minolta F2 series (28,35,100) would easy be among the top ten.

My other pick would be:
35mm 1.4
50mm 3.5 Macro
100mm 2.8 Macro
135mm STF
100-200mm f4.5 (small beercan)
28-105mm RS

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cyainparadise
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1) Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2
2) Minolta Maxxum 85mm f/1.4
3) Minolta Maxxum 17-35mm F/2.8-4
4) Minolta Rokkor 300mm f/4.5
5) Minolta Maxxum 16mm f/2.8
6) Minolta Maxxum 20mm f/2.8
7) Minolta Maxxum 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6
8) Minolta Maxxum 100mm f/2.8 Soft-Focus
9) Minolta Rokkor 135mm f/2.8
10) Minolta Rokkor 100mm f/4.5 Auto Bellows Macro

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digitalshooter
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28-85 2.8
50 1.7
70-210 4.0
135 2.8

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PS: all posts are just my opinion!

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matts1809
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35-105 original (The 35-70 F4 is also a pearla).
50-1.7 (am nt lucky enough to have th 1.4)
I have a sharp 75-300 II but it has taken me 4 goes to get one as good as this.

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emmanuelg
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My favorite lenses

Minolta 28-70 f2.8 G
Minolta 80-200 f2.8 APO G
Minolta 100 f2.8 macro
Minolta 85 1.4

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JimmyMelbourne
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1. Minolta 50 f2.8 macro
2. Beercan f4
3. Big Beercan 75 - 300
4. 50 f1.7
5. 35 - 70 f4

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1- Minolta 28.135
2- Minolta 28.135
3- Minolta 28.135
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MC Nguyen wrote:

1- Minolta 28.135
2- Minolta 28.135
3- Minolta 28.135
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Hahaha, good one. Maybe best walk-around zoom for FF? But it does have its issues.

My favorites, and the ones I own and carry with me from Florida to the Philippines and back, despite the weight (in order of, which one would be the last to go if I needed to sell):

(All a-mount)
10 - 50/1.4
9 - 50/3.5 macro
8 - 28-135/4-4.5
7 - 28-70/2.8 G
6 - 17-35/3.5 G
5 - 80-200/2.8 HS APO G
4 - 85/1.4 G (D)
3 - 200/2.8 HS APO G
2 - 135/2.8(4.5) STF
1 - 35/1.4

Well, what do you know, looks like I've got 10 total.

Still lust for the 300/2.8 and 400/4, but I can wait.

I have no Sony lenses, just an a850 and a700 and a couple of flashes.

Once you shoot 'G'....

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MC Nguyen wrote:

1- Minolta 28.135
2- Minolta 28.135
3- Minolta 28.135
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Dittos on that brother. It's heavy and clunky but it sure does render nicely.

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camperbc
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I am quite surprised that no one has mentioned the compact, lightweight and very sharp 100-300mm APO(D). I find that (when stopped down) it is unbeatable by anything even double its price.

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romicva
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Thank you!

I was just about to ask "Why no love for 100-330 APO?"

Great shots, the content and the colors are beautiful.

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imarollingstone
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135 STF
100 mm Macro

500 mm Mirror - small light sharp and inexpensive - not G quality, but not G price
28-75 2.8 (Konica Minolta)
100-400 APO Nice lightweight telephoto zoom. Great Bokeh
Of course the G lenses, but I could never afford them.
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jadawgis732
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digitalshooter wrote:

28-85 2.8
50 1.7
70-210 4.0
135 2.8

I see a 28-75 2.8 on Dyxum but no 28-85.

Also to the OP: Great post!

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dlkeller
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He might have ment the 28-85 f3.l5-3.4 which is an amazingly good lens especially for the really great price on it.
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I just picked one up for 90.00 but I haven't tested it yet except for a couple of snaps but Shazam! It sure is sharp!

camperbc wrote:

I am quite surprised that no one has mentioned the compact, lightweight and very sharp 100-300mm APO(D). I find that (when stopped down) it is unbeatable by anything even double its price.

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