lenses for a65

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QuietOC Senior Member • Posts: 1,518
Re: lenses for a65

Minolta AF 50mm F1.7 can be found very inexpensively. The RS version with the plastic grip and shorter focus throw might be slightly better than the older version.

The Sony DT 50mm F1.8 SAM will likely be sharper wide-open. It has a bit less focal length than the 50/1.7. I like a little bit more focal length like the Tamron 60mm F2 1:1 Macro.

I liked the Minolta AF 50mm F3.5 1:2 Macro for portraits. There is also the Minolta/Sony AF 50mm F2.8 1:1 Macro.

The 1985 Minolta AF 35-105mm F3.5-4.5 is a nice portrait zoom range for APS-C . At close focus it is longer than the internal focus x-105 mm zooms, and it just has nicer image quality too--though also a definite warm color cast. The Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 is a nice longer range option. There are so many of these available that they often go for very little.

And there's the Minolta/Sony AF 50mm F1.4 that came in a few versions. These seem to vary as much as the cheap 50/1.7.

The little Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM is nice, as is the Minolta AF 135mm F2.8, and the Minolta/Sony AF 100mm F2.8 1:1 Macro. These might be a bit more than the others, but they are still pretty affordable. The RS and newer versions of the 100/2.8 have quite fast AF. The 85/2.8 has slow AF.

Even the little Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM is pretty good.

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Sony SLT-A68 Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN | A +79 more
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