Minolta 80-200 F2.8 or Sony 70-200 F2.8

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RoxanneY
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Minolta 80-200 F2.8 or Sony 70-200 F2.8
Jun 7, 2013

Hi,

I've decided to invest in either a Minolta 80-200 F2.8 or a Sony 70-200 F2.8 lens.  I've seen the Minolta go for $1.1K and I can get the Sony for $1.5K.  Which would you recommend?  I want the one that is optically better since they are pretty close in price and this is a lifetime investment.  Or do you think I should wait for the new Sony lens?  I'm also considering the possibility that the older Sony lens will drop when the new one is released.

Thanks for your help!

Roxanne

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RoxanneY wrote:

Hi,

I've decided to invest in either a Minolta 80-200 F2.8 or a Sony 70-200 F2.8 lens.  I've seen the Minolta go for $1.1K and I can get the Sony for $1.5K.  Which would you recommend?  I want the one that is optically better since they are pretty close in price and this is a lifetime investment.  Or do you think I should wait for the new Sony lens?  I'm also considering the possibility that the older Sony lens will drop when the new one is released.

Thanks for your help!

Roxanne

If I didn't mind +$400, I would go Sony 70-200/2.8 SSM. Also, if you do consider the older Minolta models (80-200 or 200), it might be better to look at "HS" models to better take advantage of their AF speed.

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If you say "lifetime investment" it may be better to purchase Sony. This way, should you need a repair ,it would be a lot easier to find a place that can do it. Just an opinion. Good luck with your choice.

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In reply to romicva, Jun 7, 2013

Have you looked at the SIGMA F2.8 APO EX DG OS?

I've been using it for a year and I've been very happy with it - its quite fast takes some great shots in low light - the HSM motor seemed like a better option to me than the Tamron screw drive which was the alternative at the time

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123Mike wrote:

Would the Tokina one perhaps be an alternative?

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Tokina-80-200mm-f-2-8-AT-X-PRO-AF-lens-for-nikon-Excellent-/221214844209

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Tokina-80-200mm-f-2-8-AT-X-PRO-AF-lens-for-Minolta-EXC-/221230379535

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Minolta-AF-200mm-f2-8-APO-Lens-200-2-8-Mint-/321136750292

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Minolta-AF-200mm-F-2-8-APO-G-Lens-Sony-/330933005682

I went super cheap. $40 including shipping for a Vivitar M42 135 f2.8... sharp wide open. Manual focus, but I've got some amazing results with it. Not bad for $40...

I have the Tokina 80-200mm  f/2.8 for Minolta. While it has a great build (all metal) and can produce nice pictures it also suffers from a bad case of Purple Fringing. I have photos taken with that lens where there are clearly visible purple fringes all over regions of high contrast.

Surprisingly I did not see the purple fringing on pictures taken at similar time with the same lens but a film camera.

You're  better off with a Sony lens if you're willing to pay the prices that used Minolta 80-200 or 70-200mm lenses go for.

For lower price you could go with Tamron or Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses.

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romicva wrote:

If you say "lifetime investment" it may be better to purchase Sony. This way, should you need a repair ,it would be a lot easier to find a place that can do it. Just an opinion. Good luck with your choice.

I would say the Sony, because it will be supported more, as far as in camera features..... however, I think the SSM is complicated and expensive to repair.

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I have a Minolta 80-200mm f/2.8 HS White Model, it's a nice lens, focus is very fast and accurate, nice sharpness at all focal lengths. Fairly small and light. On the downside there is no focus limiter switch which can be annoying.

I havent handled the Sony 70-200mm but I would say main advantage would be the Focus Limit Switch, probably faster AF due to Electric AF Motor And serviceability.

Heres a link to a few Flickr Sets using the Minolta:-

http://www.flickr.com/photos/92628666@N00/sets/72157633984510120

http://www.flickr.com/photos/92628666@N00/sets/72157628030916873

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Thank you all for your thoughtful advice.  It is alot of money to spend so I really have been thinking about it quite a bit.  I purchased the SAL2875 instead of the Zeiss and now I have buyers remorse.  I don't want to make that kind of mistake again so thank you all for helping me.  I'm going to go for the Sony 70-200...hope I can hold out for the newer version.

Roxanne

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The new Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 is supposed to be an excellent value. I have the Sigma (as I also use NEX series with LA-EA2 so the in-lens stabilization seemed appropriate).

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The Sony while expensive is built like a tank, and gives great photos and quick. When you receive it and pick it up any buyers remorse will be lessened. When you shoot some photos any buyers remorse will be gone! I also have the 24-70Z and that is another very expensive lens but it's a gem... On order is the 70-400GII. I bought cheap lenses and always have regrets. NO MORE... BUT I'M BROKE.lol

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RoxanneY wrote:

Thank you all for your thoughtful advice.  It is alot of money to spend so I really have been thinking about it quite a bit.  I purchased the SAL2875 instead of the Zeiss and now I have buyers remorse.  I don't want to make that kind of mistake again so thank you all for helping me.  I'm going to go for the Sony 70-200...hope I can hold out for the newer version.

Roxanne

Congrats and good luck with your new lens!

I bought my Sony 70-200G second hand at $1500 and it's a very sharp lens, the only issue is that I need to apply micro adjustment at various focal length (I am using A99), for the sack of simplicity I use "-4" most of time but if I am shooting small subject at distance (i.e. bird) I will have to dial "-8" at 200mm. I did test a Sigma 70-200 OS on my other camera (Canon EOS 7D) it was tack sharp at 200mm, even with 1.4xTC image is still wonderfully sharp. So keep this in mind, if your Sony doesn't work out you can always give Sigma a try.

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In reply to RoxanneY, Jun 8, 2013

If you want go for the Minolta Lenses they will be a cheaper option but you will find that digital is a smaller format so allow for an increase of about 20-25% in focal length a 70-210 will become a 100-300 as a rough guide I have just bought a Sony A 200 charger software boxed with instructions minus the 18-55 mm Sony lens for £100 so my 28-80 and 70-210 Minolta AF lens from an old Dynax 505si super 35mm camera works fine both lens equate to 35-300 mm zoom range but does the job also a Minolta RC1000 cable switch will fit any Sony DSLR-Hope this puts a better prospective on it

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jmknights wrote:

The Sony while expensive is built like a tank, and gives great photos and quick. When you receive it and pick it up any buyers remorse will be lessened. When you shoot some photos any buyers remorse will be gone! I also have the 24-70Z and that is another very expensive lens but it's a gem... On order is the 70-400GII. I bought cheap lenses and always have regrets. NO MORE... BUT I'M BROKE.lol

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I agree. Go for the best lenses. I sold all my lenses and bought the Sony 70-200G and 24-70CZ. My next will be the Sony 70-400G II then I will be done.

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In reply to emmanuelg, Jun 8, 2013

The Sony 70-200mm F2.8 is supported by the dual sensor AF-D and virtual range limit modes on the A99.  The Minolta legacy lens unfortunately is not supported in these new modes on the A99.

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Old Man River wrote:

The Sony 70-200mm F2.8 is supported by the dual sensor AF-D and virtual range limit modes on the A99. The Minolta legacy lens unfortunately is not supported in these new modes on the A99.

Thanks to you and the others for the helpful advice.  I had some other great responses in another thread and the one thing they mentioned was the great Minolta colors that can't be had with the Sony...or is there some way to get these using a photo editing system like Photoshop?

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In reply to RoxanneY, Jun 17, 2013

I have Minolta 80-200/2.8 HS G and the colors out of this lens are absolutely amazing. The lens is also faster and slightly smaller compare to the SSM version (which I also had, so compared). You can probably achieve a lot of things in PS, given time on hand, but out of the box the colors this lens provides are truly awesome and very “Minoltan”. I will not part with this lens, until it breaks and dies, but it’s built as all the rest of best Minolta G glass, so I am hoping it is NOT going to happen any time soon. Yes, it does not support new features of A99 like AF-D and range limiter, but for that lens, I couldn’t care less about these features.

Now, would you be better off by buying a new lens (SSM) with warranty and support and all other good stuff included? Sure, it’s hard to recommend 20 year old glass for buying today, but if you had it and tried, you wouldn’t let it out of your hands.

Hope it helps…

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