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#1 Pat

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 09:10 AM

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#2 PeterWa

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 09:25 AM

which lens did you use?



#3 Pat

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 11:44 AM

Minolta AF 70-210 mm f/4 with adapter

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 10:21 PM

Minolta AF 70-210 mm f/4 with adapter

 

Not sooprized in the least. Thaz a legendary

optic. Treasure it. :-) If I bought one [used to

have two of it], testing it would not be on my  

agenda, cuz I'm fully aware what it can do !  



#5 Pat

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 04:40 PM

Good point, I read very good reviews. Just wanted to ensure I got a good copy (ebay at $100)



#6 PeterWa

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Posted 04 March 2017 - 12:31 PM

I have got the older version manual focus MD 4 / 70-210 mm and I often use it for dragonflies



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 03:20 PM

What camera was it mounted?  'Just curious.  I have several 30 yr old Canon FD lens.



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 10:31 AM

Wow, its amazing to see such kind of lively shot from a 30 year old lens!



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Posted 15 April 2017 - 12:54 PM

Funny to see comments on the age of the lens. Lenses were manufactured to supreme quality standards 30-40 years ago. These kinds of lenses were not consumerised, so they underwent strict quality control.

The Minolta beercan is typical of their design philosophy, with an emphasis on overall rendering, colour and contrast, but a bit weak in micro contrast. Of course, the Minolta lens team moved to Sony when they bought the camera business. When they teamed up with Zeiss, they put out some lenses with great rendering and micro contrast.

The older manual MD version mentioned above has even better optics and it is quite easy to zoom and focus due to the push/pull and twist mechanism. It was also sold as a Leitz lens, which is a testament to its quality.

If you're new to photography, I guess it's easy to think that newer is always better. Sometimes newer just means that the bean counters found some new way to cut production costs.

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 07:14 AM

What camera was it mounted?  'Just curious.  I have several 30 yr old Canon FD lens.

I used the Sony A7ii with the LA-EA4 adapter




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