Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!

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Cacophonic Visions
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100mm f/2.8 VARISOFT is nice too.
In reply to William Curtindale, Dec 31, 2012

A few days ago I got ahold of an AF VARISOFT 100mm f/2.8 and am blown away by the few shots I've done with it, although those shots were done bulb shutter in the dark.

100mm f/2.8 VARISOFT:



91 seconds in near darkness, softness set to 0.

All of my examples with the softness turned up came out underexposed, as I was merely guessing at the exposure timings. I pulled one up a bit:



I forget which softness setting I used.

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Re: 100mm f/2.8 VARISOFT is nice too.
In reply to Cacophonic Visions, Dec 31, 2012

Cacophonic Visions wrote:

A few days ago I got ahold of an AF VARISOFT 100mm f/2.8 and am blown away by the few shots I've done with it, although those shots were done bulb shutter in the dark.

100mm f/2.8 VARISOFT:



91 seconds in near darkness, softness set to 0.

All of my examples with the softness turned up came out underexposed, as I was merely guessing at the exposure timings. I pulled one up a bit:



I forget which softness setting I used.

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you men the 85mm Varisoft..it is the only one I know of.... BTW I'm selling mine

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Varisoft 85mm and 58mm 1.1.2 clearance!!
In reply to heliguy, Dec 31, 2012

Hi folks!

I'm considering selling some of my MD lenses...among them the 58mm 1.1.2 , the Varisoft 85mm and the 400mm APO

Does anyone know their aprox market value and can advise?

cheers!

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Re: 100mm f/2.8 VARISOFT is nice too.
In reply to christian carneiro, Jan 1, 2013

christian carneiro wrote:

you men the 85mm Varisoft..it is the only one I know of.... BTW I'm selling mine

No, Minolta had a 100mm lens with a built in softening filter with variable steps of softening.  Great lens but it's discontinued now.

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christian carneiro wrote:

Cacophonic Visions wrote:

A few days ago I got ahold of an AF VARISOFT 100mm f/2.8 and am blown away by the few shots I've done with it, although those shots were done bulb shutter in the dark.

100mm f/2.8 VARISOFT:



91 seconds in near darkness, softness set to 0.

All of my examples with the softness turned up came out underexposed, as I was merely guessing at the exposure timings. I pulled one up a bit:



I forget which softness setting I used.

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you men the 85mm Varisoft..it is the only one I know of.... BTW I'm selling mine

I've both the MD Rokkor 85mm and the A-mount AF Maxxum 100mm. The old MD Rokkor 85 is harder to use due to the adapter conundrum.



I think it might actually be harder to track down the AF 100mm than it is the old MD Rokkor 85mm in the used market.

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Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to linzdoctor7d, Apr 30, 2013

The ones I own, beercan and 50mm 1.7

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In reply to heliguy, May 1, 2013

Of the ones I own, in order, my favorites:

1. 50mm 2.8 macro (rs)

2. Beercan, 70-210 f4

3. 35-105

4. 50mm 1.7 (lukewarm on this lens)

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Beercan beast + a200...Sunset in Puerto Rico's mountains...

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havoc315 wrote:

Of the ones I own, in order, my favorites:

1. 50mm 2.8 macro (rs)

2. Beercan, 70-210 f4

3. 35-105

4. 50mm 1.7 (lukewarm on this lens)

I just missed a nice condition Beercan for cheap, but I managed to nab a local shop's 50mm 2.8 non-RS. So far it's been a lot of fun.

On the 50mm 1.7, it's not a carry-everywhere lens to be sure, but for sharp semi-portraits at f2.8 it's pretty nice, and the colors are excellent. It's also pretty quick, and often these turn up in pristine condition (quite common) so you can't fault the bang for buck.

I've had good luck even wide open as long as you're not expecting tack sharpness with crazy contrast, or wanting to shoot in glare. I personally like its particular brand of glare.

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In reply to heliguy, May 2, 2013

I bought a 70-210mm F4 beercan on the a99.. It was €30.. It's vignetting somewhat at full aperture but the value's quite good for the invested money..

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matts1809 wrote:

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.

I'll echo the 35-105 original (2554-100, the one with the macro switch), the bokeh is all cream.

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Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
In reply to Tom2572, 9 months ago

Hi Tom,

There is a sea of heritage lenses just dying to meet you! These lenses are like a singles life letting you, try, either keep or move on with emphasis on not losing much on the deal. It beats buying something new and taking a bath on getting rid of it.

In time the inventory will concentrate down to 6 lenses, these are your kids you love and know for there little  idiosyncratics meanwhile you have given the others their marching orders and it has not cost you a house.

Cheers Lee.

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Ah yes the 58mm f1.2 All those David Hamilton posters of french nubiles, thank you for jolting the memory. ( no one winged about grain back then! it was called art.)

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In reply to havoc315, 9 months ago

My top 10  (i don't own 10 minolta lenses but my ranking from what i own)

1. 50 mm f2.8 macro (sharp little lens)

2. 135 mm f2.8 (great lens, wonderfull colors)

3. 28-105 rs (my walkaround lens - great colors)

4. 70-210 f4 "Beercan" (great lens, nice bokeh, a bit heavy)

5. others not really worth mentioning 35-70 3.5-4.5  lens and 70-210 f4.5-5.6

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In reply to heliguy, 9 months ago

heliguy wrote: 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?

Well one tends to be reticent about talking up lenses that you might buy some day. Would just as soon people continue to think that the Minolta AF 50/1.7 is a terrible lens...because look how bad it is at precisely f/1.7 all over, and still bad in the extreme corners wider than F/3.2. Considering that my copy (that someone gave me for nothing) took a short roll on the sidewalk yesterday. Wondering if it's worse for wear/bears replacement.

So remember, dear reader, that the Minolta AF 50/1.7 has just terrible lens tests compared to the Sony FE 55/1.8, Zeiss Otus 55, Sigma 50/1.4, Sony/Zeiss ZA 50/1.4, etc. Surely to your photographic skills, that lens brings no justice.

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Are they really legacy lenses?
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Should the A mount AF Minolta Maxxum lenses be considered Legacy Glass? I feel legacy applies to the older manual focusing, with aperture rings. Am I wrong?

Owen

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Mine has it, I solved it by putting one of those plastic bracelets that everyone wears around the lens. Got mine in a pack of 5 from a dollar store.

Works great.

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heliguy wrote: 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?

Well one tends to be reticent about talking up lenses that you might buy some day. Would just as soon people continue to think that the Minolta AF 50/1.7 is a terrible lens...because look how bad it is at precisely f/1.7 all over, and still bad in the extreme corners wider than F/3.2. Considering that my copy (that someone gave me for nothing) took a short roll on the sidewalk yesterday. Wondering if it's worse for wear/bears replacement.

So remember, dear reader, that the Minolta AF 50/1.7 has just terrible lens tests compared to the Sony FE 55/1.8, Zeiss Otus 55, Sigma 50/1.4, Sony/Zeiss ZA 50/1.4, etc. Surely to your photographic skills, that lens brings no justice.

I was shooting with the 50-1.7 last night. Rarely use it, but giving it a second look with the a99.

It is capable of good shots and a great value for $60-$80. But it is not a particularly good lens. Need to stop it down just to get acceptable sharpness. Bad contrast. For a prime, it has a lot distortion.

Yes, when used properly, with good post processing, it can deliver. But I would never use it as a model of Minolta lenses.

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In reply to havoc315, 8 months ago

heliguy wrote: 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?

Well one tends to be reticent about talking up lenses that you might buy some day. Would just as soon people continue to think that the Minolta AF 50/1.7 is a terrible lens...because look how bad it is at precisely f/1.7 all over, and still bad in the extreme corners wider than F/3.2. Considering that my copy (that someone gave me for nothing) took a short roll on the sidewalk yesterday. Wondering if it's worse for wear/bears replacement.

So remember, dear reader, that the Minolta AF 50/1.7 has just terrible lens tests compared to the Sony FE 55/1.8, Zeiss Otus 55, Sigma 50/1.4, Sony/Zeiss ZA 50/1.4, etc. Surely to your photographic skills, that lens brings no justice.

havoc315 wrote: I was shooting with the 50-1.7 last night. Rarely use it, but giving it a second look with the a99.

It is capable of good shots and a great value for $60-$80. But it is not a particularly good lens.

So true.

Need to stop it down just to get acceptable sharpness.

Yes, was forced all the way down to F/2.2 today for this one.

Bad contrast. For a prime, it has a lot distortion.

First time have heard of 0.4% as "a lot of distortion." Can you link us to sub-$1000-dollar 50mm F/1.7 fixed-focal length full frame lenses with significantly less?

Yes, when used properly, with good post processing, it can deliver. But I would never use it as a model of Minolta lenses.

While we're at it, would pity owners of the Minolta AF 85/1.4's bad corner resolution wide open.

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heliguy wrote: 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?

Well one tends to be reticent about talking up lenses that you might buy some day. Would just as soon people continue to think that the Minolta AF 50/1.7 is a terrible lens...because look how bad it is at precisely f/1.7 all over, and still bad in the extreme corners wider than F/3.2. Considering that my copy (that someone gave me for nothing) took a short roll on the sidewalk yesterday. Wondering if it's worse for wear/bears replacement.

So remember, dear reader, that the Minolta AF 50/1.7 has just terrible lens tests compared to the Sony FE 55/1.8, Zeiss Otus 55, Sigma 50/1.4, Sony/Zeiss ZA 50/1.4, etc. Surely to your photographic skills, that lens brings no justice.

havoc315 wrote: I was shooting with the 50-1.7 last night. Rarely use it, but giving it a second look with the a99.

It is capable of good shots and a great value for $60-$80. But it is not a particularly good lens.

So true.

Need to stop it down just to get acceptable sharpness.

Yes, was forced all the way down to F/2.2 today for this one.

Bad contrast. For a prime, it has a lot distortion.

First time have heard of 0.4% as "a lot of distortion." Can you link us to sub-$1000-dollar 50mm F/1.7 fixed-focal length full frame lenses with significantly less?

Yes, when used properly, with good post processing, it can deliver. But I would never use it as a model of Minolta lenses.

While we're at it, would pity owners of the Minolta AF 85/1.4's bad corner resolution wide open.

Your picture is a good example though full resolution would be better. Poor contrast and soft through out the frame even at 2.2.

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