Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!

Started Apr 17, 2012 | Discussions
onfocus Forum Member • Posts: 57
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!
2

I feel the need to diversify this question a bit

Top 5 Minolta AF lenses - unique & outstanding imaging quality
1. 58/1.2 MC Rokkor (MF)
2. 200/4 APO G Macro
3. 28-70/2.8 G
4. 35/1.4 G RS
5. 100/2.8 Macro RS

Top 5 Min AF lenses - sharpness wide-open
1. 50/2.8 Macro v1
2. 100/2
3. 70-200/2.8 SSM G
4. 200/2.8 APO G (& HS)
5. 300/4 HS APO G

Top 5 Min AF lenses - special occasions & street
1. 85/1.4 G RS
2. 35/2
3. 28/2
4. 20/2.8 RS
5. 50/3.5 Macro

Top 5 Min AF lenses - versatile & reliable Pro usage
1. 300/2.8 HS APO G
2. 80-200/2.8 HS APO G
3. 400/4.5 HS APO G
4. 17-35/3.5 G
5. ...

Top Min AF lenses - on a budget
1. 28-135/4-4.5
2. 70-210/4
3. 50/1.7 v1
4. 28/2.8
5. 24-50/4 & 35-105/4.5-5.6 v1

Top 5 Min AF lenses - honorable mention
1. 80-200/2.8 APO v1
2. 50/1.4
3. 135/T4.5 STF
4. 135/2.8
5. 16/2.8 Fisheye

Lenses I have not tested yet:

  • 600/4 HS APO G

  • 300/2.8 SSM G

  • 100/2.8 Soft

  • 24/2.8

BThurlow Junior Member • Posts: 29
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I love my 100mm macro 2.8. It practically lives on the camera.

Craigski Contributing Member • Posts: 765
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!

I like it! Great categories, excellent choices! Super duper summary.

Q: under the budget category, I think you got the f-stop wrong on the 35-105.

Craig

onfocus Forum Member • Posts: 57
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!

Thanks Craig!

Yep, sorry, should read 35-105/3.5-4.5 (full metal version).

Craigski wrote:

I like it! Great categories, excellent choices! Super duper summary.

Q: under the budget category, I think you got the f-stop wrong on the 35-105.

Craig

Gesture Veteran Member • Posts: 5,061
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From manual focus era:
58mm f/1.4, sorry I every sold it, didn't forsee digital slrs

100mm f/4 bellows lens, there seems to be quite a few out there, compared to Nikon and Olympus ones

cyainparadise Veteran Member • Posts: 5,577
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I still can't figure out why Minolta decided to release lenses that had a focal length of 58mm (and I used to be a Minolta sales rep). It's such an odd focal length. I loved the look of the f/1.2. The diameter of the lens, along with the relatively short length, made it look like a monster's eye. A 50mm f/1.4 looks like a toy compared to the 58mm f/1.2.

Gesture wrote:

From manual focus era:
58mm f/1.4, sorry I every sold it, didn't forsee digital slrs

100mm f/4 bellows lens, there seems to be quite a few out there, compared to Nikon and Olympus ones

onfocus Forum Member • Posts: 57
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!

He, he... that's another way to see the MC 58/1.2!

It's actually a very compact lens, but damn heavy for it's size: almost half a kilo! At least, every gram converts into image quality

As to the odd 58mm lens diameter implemented earlier by Minolta, Nikon, et al, the reason seems to be that the 58mm lenses were easier to design i.e., in terms of mathematics, and provided a more true-to-life perspective, from what I have read in another forum. Their demise apparently was caused by growing unpopularity, as the photography market demanded lenses that were easier to shoot with, such as the 50mm lenses.

Gesture Veteran Member • Posts: 5,061
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"the reason seems to be that the 58mm lenses were easier to design i.e., in terms of mathematics, and provided a more true-to-life perspective" Yes, the 55mm-58mm gives a virtual real-life perspective.

Tom2572
Tom2572 Senior Member • Posts: 1,129
Re: Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!

I see a lot of references to the 35-70 F4 lens, is it really that good for such a low price? I'm looking for a zoom option after owning only primes to date, and I've done a lot of research and read the Kurt Munger reviews, and what I don't get is that on the one hand Mr. Munger says the DT 35 1.8 is his favorite prime lens "period", and on the other he says the 35-70 is an awkward length which seems to be a recurring theme in the dyxum user reviews as well.

I have a DT 35 1.8 and that focal length (52.5mm) happens to be my favorite on a crop camera as well, so I'm trying to understand what about that that length is awkward. I suppose for under $50 it's a low-risk chance to take, but was looking to see if anyone went through the same thought process as me after reading the reviews.

jimrpdx
jimrpdx Veteran Member • Posts: 3,473
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For zoom on a budget, I found the 100-200 and 70-210/3.5-4.5 to be closely matched. The 100-200 min focus is its only real issue. My list would include that 35-105 metal model too, and the 50/1.7. Wish I had tried a few more, but that's all the Maxxi I owned - I liked the compact gen.2 35-105 but it couldn't compete on IQ below f/5.6.
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matts1809 Regular Member • Posts: 476
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the 35-70 f4 is definatly a pearla when it come to sharpness and colours, it does suffer from flare as do all the original minolta AF lenses do. The 35-105 original has all the attributes that the 35-70 has but a much more usable focal lenth, even the macro works a lot better.
As the 35-105 are still very cheap I would chase one of them as
i did.
Enjoy

the_rascal Forum Member • Posts: 75
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200/2,8 G HS

100/2

35/2

135 STF

100/2,8 macro

300/2,8 SSM (but insane price)

28-70 G (most beautiful lens ever)

85/1,5 G (limited)

400/4,5 G HS (I want so much a modern ssm one..)

dresner
dresner Regular Member • Posts: 313
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Just bought the
35-70 f4
50mm f1.7
70-210 f4
last week...Thanks to everyone's feedback here.

Go fedex go!

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mlblum Contributing Member • Posts: 562
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Hi Craig. I brought some of those with me from Florida to the Philippines a few years ago. You commented on some of the those PIX and recent ones from Morocco as well. I have the 80-200 2.8 APO G, The 400 4.5, and the 600 4.0 from Minolta. Zackiedawg has seen them all for himself. Not going to Manila again, but am going to Cuba in a few weeks, and hope to post some of those pix when we return. Michael

Craigski Contributing Member • Posts: 765
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mlblum wrote:

Hi Craig. I brought some of those with me from Florida to the Philippines a few years ago. You commented on some of the those PIX and recent ones from Morocco as well. I have the 80-200 2.8 APO G, The 400 4.5, and the 600 4.0 from Minolta. Zackiedawg has seen them all for himself. Not going to Manila again, but am going to Cuba in a few weeks, and hope to post some of those pix when we return. Michael

Yes, Michael, I remember those shots of yours quite well.

The 400 is next on my list to acquire.

Happy shooting in Cuba!

Craig

Craigski Contributing Member • Posts: 765
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the_rascal wrote:

200/2,8 G HS

100/2

35/2

135 STF

THE reason to stay with alpha mount.

100/2,8 macro

300/2,8 SSM (but insane price)

Yes, but sharper wide open than any other 300 mm stopped down.

28-70 G (most beautiful lens ever)

Sounds like a model lens.

85/1,5 G (limited)

!!!!!!!!!!!!!

400/4,5 G HS (I want so much a modern ssm one..)

Me too! And weather-sealed!

Great list! I only have three (so far), but at least I know I'm on the right track.

Craig

Anthony Sullivan Regular Member • Posts: 384
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My top lenses are:

-28-85 F3.5-4.5 (42-127mm reach on APS-C, good metal build-weighs about 500 grams)
-50mm F1.7 use this for low-light and portraits on my A390 a lot

-35-70mm F4 takes nice macro photos with a +4 close up filter, constant F4 aperture
-28-80mm (plastic build but nice enough zoom action)

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splugnut2000 Regular Member • Posts: 351
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i'm surprised so few mentioned the 400 F4.5G...my favourite Minolta/sony lens of all, way better than the long end of my 70-400.

ValeryD
ValeryD Regular Member • Posts: 161
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Minolta 50 / 1.7

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jayceeart Junior Member • Posts: 42
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I have a 50mm macro 2.8..just beautiful. I also love the 28-105. Also tokina made a great 20-35 and 19-35 mm. Sooo sharp.
Cheers

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