Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!

Started Apr 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
cplunk Senior Member • Posts: 1,834
Re: Silly evaluation

Different people have different opinions, and for most, it's the best lens they can afford, or the best owns they've owned that they are listing. I'd guess the 600mm f4 oughta be one of the best lenses Minolta ever made, but I wouldn't really have any first hand experience with that, and probably never will.

I do have a 28-105 Xi, and I even bought it with a broken zoom motor gearing. The "feel" of using it just sucks, set on MZ (there's s switch for Auto Zoom and Manual Zoom) it still works good enough, but it does appear to be compatible with the A77, the motor tries to zoom when you turn the on lens switch (I guess the Xi bodies had zoom buttons, but I also have a 7Xi and can't find them). And there's no focus ring. But the IQ is great, it's sharp and produces beautiful colors. I still prefer to use the 28-105 RS that I purchased after owning and using the Xi for a bit.

If everyone was listing the biggest bargain, I think there'd only be 1 (not a list of 10). The 35-70 f4!!!

My favorites, that I've owned and used:
50mm f1.4
28-105mm f3.5-4.5 RS
100-300mm f4.5-5.6 APO D
70-210mm f4
75-300 F4.5-5.6 v1
24mm f2.8
35-105mm f3.5-4.5 v1
500mm f8 Reflex
135mm f2.8
35-70mm f4

I've also been wanting to get an 85mm f1.4 prime and a 70-210 or 80-200 f2.8 APO, but I haven't convinced myself that I have I really need them at the price range they go for.

cyainparadise wrote:

When the Xi lens system first came out, the whole idea was laughed at. Why do you think that Minolta didn't develop any more Xi cameras or lenses? I think in all the years I've been involved in photography, you're the first to think that the 28-105 Xi lens was one of the best lenses Minolta made. And, of course the lens is a bargain, as it is crippled on any non-Xi body.

Honestly, didn't you see the topic for this thread? It asks for the "Best legacy" lenses, not the biggest bargain.

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