I do believe we all maybe suffering from the same malady. I find the glass piling up, even MF glass. But, when I look at the incredible prices for each new SONY piece ... I retreat.
I've posted: asking for a retreat in prices for Carl Zeiss
glass, in order for me to even get past this $1000 stuff ... but, I just cannot bring myself to pay that, considering images I was able to acheive with the MF ... at a tenth the cost!
One of the main reasons I am entertaining and going ahead with the Katz Eye
upgrade to the A700
, is to once again, make a run at MF optics, that I already own. Sure, I have duplicated the range ... through zooms, but PRIMEs are cool in the studio ... where autofocus
is really not all that important.
I have a TAMRON AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 LD
that is nearly new ... and it never gets used, because of the older Tokina AT-X 840
80-400mm f/4.5-5.6. The TAMRON is much lighter, but the Tokina's range just is incredible for basically the same amount of light. The Tokina also seems faster to focus, compared to the TAMRON. Do I feel guilty ... nah, the TAMRON also was only $150. The Tokina ... $500+, when new. Heck, I feel lucky just being able to get one of these older Model I
for the SONY/Minolta mount.
Yeah, let's just call it "backup-glass" ... and feel better about it.