Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!

Started Apr 17, 2012 | Discussions
linzdoctor7d
Contributing MemberPosts: 738Gear list
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to linzdoctor7d, Apr 18, 2012

These are the lens I have! I love them all and I do use them! But the one I use the most is the 80-200 APO HS then everything else in no order:
28-135
28-70 G
35 F2.0
85 F1.4
100 F 2.0
70-210 F 4.0 (Beer Can)
50 F 1.7 (2)
I think I will be adding the 100-300 APO to the list soon!
Would like a 300 F2.8 APO G , 200 F 4.0 G macro , 600 F4.0 APO G some day!

 linzdoctor7d's gear list:linzdoctor7d's gear list
Minolta DiMAGE 7 Minolta DiMAGE A1 Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 +28 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
jerome_munich
Contributing MemberPosts: 738
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to heliguy, Apr 18, 2012

If you are thinking full-frame, the following lenses are very interesting:

-20mm f/2.8 (still available new): good results, better corners than the CZ16-35 and much, much lighter

-24-105 f/3.5-f/4.5: this lens is very useful because the range is perfect and it is incredibly small. It is a good walk-around lens on the A900. People criticize its sharpness, but used at f/8 it is quite good and full open the center resolution is great (which is fine in practice).

-50 f/1.8: just as good as the f/1.4 in practice and a lot cheaper

-85 f/1.4: I actually prefer this lens to the CZ version, full open it has a more dreamy look which is perfect for portraits

-135 f/2.8: small and light, and you would be hard pressed to see the difference with the CZ at f/4

-200mm f/2.8 and x1.4 converter: a perfect 200mm and a very good 300mm in a very compact package

-500mm f/8 mirror: the most compact 500mm, AF and stabilized.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Eiffel
Forum MemberPosts: 98
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to jerome_munich, Apr 18, 2012

My favourites (from experience... and still in my collection since 1989):

In decreasing order of preference

100F2.0
200F2.8HS
50F2.8
50F1.4 (My copy is the Sony version)
35F2.0
24F2.8 (bettered by the 24F2.0 Zeiss)

I have also used the 35-70F4, 75-300 Big Bearcan, 28-85, 50F1.7, but have moved on.

Based on what I read, the 20F2.8, 300F2.8, 80F1.4, the 100 and 200 macros and 135STF have good reputation, but I never got a chance to own them

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
stol2004
Contributing MemberPosts: 533Gear list
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to heliguy, Apr 18, 2012

I've got :
1- 28-135 f4,5
2-2 baby beercans 35-70 f4
3- 35-105 f4,5
4-70-210 f4
5-50 f1.7
6-24 f2.8
7- 35-80 f3,5-5.6
8-24-80 f3,5-5,6
9-80-200 f4,5-5,6
10- 100-200 f4,5

total of 11 minoltas

 stol2004's gear list:stol2004's gear list
Sony SLT-A77 Sony Alpha 7S Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
zackiedawg
Forum ProPosts: 21,126Gear list
Like?
APOs and Gs for me...
In reply to heliguy, Apr 18, 2012

Not in order, but top 10 in general:

200mm F2.8 APO
300mm F2.8 APO
300mm F4 APO
400mm F4.5 APO
600mm F4 APO
100-300mm APO
135mm STF
85mm F1.4 G
35mm F1.4 G
80-200mm APO

I'd be very happy with all of those.

-- hide signature --
 zackiedawg's gear list:zackiedawg's gear list
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Sony Alpha NEX-5N Sony a6000 Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Sony E 16mm F2.8 Pancake +24 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
emmanuelg
Senior MemberPosts: 1,539Gear list
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to heliguy, Apr 18, 2012

Yes, I forgot the 100-300G lens. Excellent colors and bokeh. I took this picture using the 100-300G with my Maxxum 9xi back in film days and scanned it using the Minolta DImage scanner.

Emmanuel

 emmanuelg's gear list:emmanuelg's gear list
Sony SLT-A57 Sony a77 II Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G Sony 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Sony 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* +1 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Craigski
Contributing MemberPosts: 752
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to emmanuelg, Apr 18, 2012

Which 100-300G are you referring to?

Perhaps you meant 100-300 APO?

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
emmanuelg
Senior MemberPosts: 1,539Gear list
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to Craigski, Apr 18, 2012

Craigski,

I am sorry. Yes, I am referring to the 100-300 APO.
The colour reproduction is excellent just like the Sony 70-300G.

After all , the Sony cameras and lenses are Minolta's. I used to work for Minolta for 9 yrs at Ramsey, NJ and accumulated a lot of Minolta lenses.

Emmanuel

Craigski wrote:

Which 100-300G are you referring to?

Perhaps you meant 100-300 APO?

 emmanuelg's gear list:emmanuelg's gear list
Sony SLT-A57 Sony a77 II Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G Sony 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Sony 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* +1 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
camperbc
Senior MemberPosts: 2,014
Like?
Can someone explain...
In reply to emmanuelg, Apr 18, 2012

My apologies if I might be getting a wee bit off topic, but I have noticed a few of you listing the 100-300mm APO after I mentioned my 100-300mm APO(D), and I am wondering what distinguishes these two lenses apart. All that I have gleaned from the Dyxum site is that the "D" APO has a higher review rating in each of the six categories, and weighs 50 grams more than the "non-D". Have also noticed that the APO(D) is more expensive. Someone once told me that the only difference between the two is the coating, which seems odd, as this alone should not make one weigh about 11% more than the other. So, it makes me wonder if most people own the regular APO simply because it is more affordable, more readily available, or...?

I cannot vouch for the regular APO, having never used one, but can attest to the superb colours, contrast and incredible sharpness of the APO(D), along with accurate focus, nice bokeh, and lack of CA/PF, not to mention how compact and lightweight it is. I call it my poor-man's G lens.

It would be interesting to hear if any of you have experience with both of these lenses, and what your thoughts may be regarding any similarities/differences?

Glen
http://www.FocusOnNewfoundland.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fogoislanders/

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
RandyPD
Regular MemberPosts: 250
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to heliguy, Apr 18, 2012

Just from the top of my head, and unscientific data I remember from years of browsing ebay, I think the following non-G AF lenses have earned the 'mystical legendary' status:

70-210 f4 (the most popular legendary lens, I think)
100-200 f4.5 (baby tele zoom beercan)
35-70 f4 (baby beercan)
28-135 (legendary in price also)
28-85 (first gen)
70-300 (first gen)
85 f1.4
50 f1.4
first gen macro lenses (50 and 100)

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
cyainparadise
Veteran MemberPosts: 5,577
Like?
Re: Can someone explain...
In reply to camperbc, Apr 18, 2012

The 'D' version had circular aperture blades, so the boken would be better.

camperbc wrote:

My apologies if I might be getting a wee bit off topic, but I have noticed a few of you listing the 100-300mm APO after I mentioned my 100-300mm APO(D), and I am wondering what distinguishes these two lenses apart. All that I have gleaned from the Dyxum site is that the "D" APO has a higher review rating in each of the six categories, and weighs 50 grams more than the "non-D". Have also noticed that the APO(D) is more expensive. Someone once told me that the only difference between the two is the coating, which seems odd, as this alone should not make one weigh about 11% more than the other. So, it makes me wonder if most people own the regular APO simply because it is more affordable, more readily available, or...?

I cannot vouch for the regular APO, having never used one, but can attest to the superb colours, contrast and incredible sharpness of the APO(D), along with accurate focus, nice bokeh, and lack of CA/PF, not to mention how compact and lightweight it is. I call it my poor-man's G lens.

It would be interesting to hear if any of you have experience with both of these lenses, and what your thoughts may be regarding any similarities/differences?

Glen
http://www.FocusOnNewfoundland.com
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fogoislanders/

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
RandyPD
Regular MemberPosts: 250
Like?
Re: Can someone explain...
In reply to cyainparadise, Apr 18, 2012

The 'D' version also has the extra electronic contacts that transmit 'distance' information (hence the D). The D information is what makes the ADI flash metering supposedly better.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
MaxIso
Contributing MemberPosts: 621
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to linzdoctor7d, Apr 19, 2012

got the 50 1.7 and i love it. i piced it up , perfect condition at a pawn shop for 60 bucks. great for portraits or i can teleconverter it for a short zoom, i also use it when i need some serious low light help. minolta value is amazing.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
osu
osu
Regular MemberPosts: 178Gear list
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to heliguy, Apr 19, 2012

1. 135mm STF
2. 50mm 2.8 Macro
3. 85mm 1.4
4. 35mm 1.4
5. 100mm 2.8 Macro

 osu's gear list:osu's gear list
Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Sony SLT-A77 +1 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
RussAdams
Contributing MemberPosts: 766Gear list
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to cyainparadise, Apr 19, 2012

cyainparadise wrote:

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

This is a great list! I have the Rokkor 58mm f/1.4 and lust after the 1.2... the 1.4 has beautiful bokeh in it's own right, but that extra .2 calls... Paired with the Focus Peaking in the A77, being a manual lens does not detract.

Russ

 RussAdams's gear list:RussAdams's gear list
Sony SLT-A77
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Ed at Ridersite
Forum ProPosts: 15,385
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to heliguy, Apr 19, 2012

Of course, all the G lenses would be on the list, but for us mere mortals ....

Beercan (70-210mm f4)
Big Beercan (75-300mm f4.5-5.6 with focus limiter)
28-135mm f4-4.5
50mm f1.4

At least those are the ones I use a lot - each costing me less than $250.

-- hide signature --

AEH
http://aehass.zenfolio.com/
http://aehass.zenfolio.com/blog
Question: What do you do all week?
Answer: Mon to Fri. Nothing, Sat & Sun I rest!

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
stevemark
Regular MemberPosts: 400
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to heliguy, Apr 20, 2012
  • MinAF 1.4/85mm

  • MinAF 2.8/300mm APO G (D) SSM (NOT the same as the MinAF 2.8/300 mm APO!!)

  • MinAF 2.8/200mm APO G

  • MinAF 4.5/400mm APO G HS

  • MinAF 2/100mm

  • MinAF 1.4/50mm

  • MinAF 2/35mm

  • MinAF 2/28mm

  • MinAF 2.8/20mm

  • MinAF 4-4.5/28-135mm

  • MinAF 3.5-4.5/35-105mm (first full metal version!)

  • MinAF 2.8/70-200mm APO G (D) SSM

I have owned all these (and many more) lenses, tested them on the A900, and published the results in my book "Sony Alpha Full Frame System" (details see http://artaphot.ch/alpha-systembuch )

Steve

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
cyainparadise
Veteran MemberPosts: 5,577
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to RussAdams, Apr 20, 2012

RussAdams wrote:

cyainparadise wrote:

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

This is a great list! I have the Rokkor 58mm f/1.4 and lust after the 1.2... the 1.4 has beautiful bokeh in it's own right, but that extra .2 calls... Paired with the Focus Peaking in the A77, being a manual lens does not detract.

Russ

I remember one of the first shots I took with the 58mm f/1.2, back in the late 60's. It was in the late afternoon, and I think the film speed was ISO 100. Shot wide open, and the bokeh was so creamy and the colors were fantastic, due to the 'green eye' coating Minolta used.

Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Robert Yuill
Contributing MemberPosts: 591Gear list
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to cyainparadise, Apr 20, 2012

I have a 20 f2.8, 24-105 f3.5-4.5, 100 f2.8 macro, 70-210 f4 and a 28-135 f4-4.5, but the one that I use the most on the A900 is the 100 f2 - that has to be my favourite.

 Robert Yuill's gear list:Robert Yuill's gear list
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
William Curtindale
Veteran MemberPosts: 5,482Gear list
Like?
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to stevemark, Apr 20, 2012

16mm f/2.8 fisheye
20mm f/2.8
24mm f/2.8
28mm f/2.8
35mm f/1.4 G
50mm f/1.4
85mm f/1.4 G
100mm f/2.8 Macro
100mm f/2.0
135mm f/2.8
200mm f/2.8
24-105mm f/3.5-4.5 (D)
28-85mm f/3.5-4.5
28-135mm f/4.0-4.5
70-210mm f/4.0 Beercan
100-200mm f/4.5

Above is summary of my Minolta legacy lenses I've collected over the years (owned many since 1985 / 86). I started using the Maxxum lenses on two Maxxum 9000 bodies and still have the original bodies.

It's really hard to say but I think the best are 16mm, 35mm, 85mm, 100mm f/2.0, 200mm and 28-135mm. I would give the optical quality to 100mm f/2.0 and 200mm f/2.8.

The one I use the most is the 24-105mm. The 24-105mm has a decent zoom range and is a light weight lens that often meets my needs (just a nice all around lens). I pick from the others as specific needs arise.

For me it's got to be the 24-105mm.

-- hide signature --

A900 w/Zeiss Glass + Sony G
View My Images: http://picasaweb.google.com/BillCurtindale

 William Curtindale's gear list:William Curtindale's gear list
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 Sony SLT-A99 Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G +10 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads