Wish there were more SSM lenses...Im done with screw drive

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ActionPhotoPassion Senior Member • Posts: 2,857
Re: Never had a problem with screw drive

Maxxuman wrote:

I have many screw drive lenses and several SSM lenses. The SSM lenses are quieter but I don't find the autofocus on them to be quicker or more accurate than that on my similar quality screw drive lenses. In fact most of my favourites are screw drive - Minolta 200/2.8, Sony 135/1.8/ZA and Minolta 85/1.4. Admittedly the latter is slower but the accuracy is fine. And that's been the case on A99 and A99ii.

Hey there,

I have been shooting with the Sony 70-300 and 70-400 ssm lately and I must say that those are faster than my older Minolta (none of them are HS).

The real deal is "Is this relevant for my photography" ? When I shoot surfers or trackday cars I definitely can say that ssm focusing is the winner (obviously noise is not even a criteria for those scenario). If shooting anything else of my usual subject, I just couldn't care less actually.

So the big question is "Does it matter for what I shoot" ?  If no, then if one can find a good 2nd hand ssm for a nice price, go for it, otherwise a Minolta HS will do the job.

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