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biting the bullet and upgrading from the 80-200/2.8
« on: July 08, 2014, 02:51:22 AM »
I'm off to Thailand tomorrow for a little R&R and have decided not to travel with my 80-200 HS with the hope of getting a good deal a 70-200/2.8 G. l decided the Gll is not worth the extra $$$'s but would appreciate others views on this. My main reason for upgrading is so I can use AF-D.
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Re: biting the bullet and upgrading from the 80-200/2.8
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2014, 05:33:44 AM »
Thailand is always nice for a visit. I am not sure on prices but in general compared to Malaysia the good deals can be found around KL. The 70-200/2.8G was in my possession for a number of years and I bought it in Taipei coming back with a very good price. Any place specific you visit in Thailand for Sony equipment?

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Re: biting the bullet and upgrading from the 80-200/2.8
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2014, 02:11:42 PM »
I go to the camera stores on the 5th floor at MBK in Bangkok. Last trip I bought my A99 for a really good price at the Sony store which I think is 3rd floor at MBK market. Paid about $900NZD less than retail here. I talked with them then about prices for the 70-200 and think I can save about $550NZD I went to a store here at home just to see what they would do for cash and they wouldn't budge a cent but gave me the usual story about warranties.
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Re: biting the bullet and upgrading from the 80-200/2.8
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2014, 07:25:21 PM »
I used to have the minolta 80-200 HS a number of years ago and must admit when I switched to the Sony 70-200 my initial impression was that the minolta focused quicker than the Sony but the image quality on digital was better
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Re: biting the bullet and upgrading from the 80-200/2.8
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2014, 10:01:21 PM »
Hi Fud I have read similar comments about focus speed on the HS being faster and IQ on the Sony slightly better. I do like the 80-200 and it us lighter and smaller than the 70-200 but I want the AF-D available and I know it is only 10mm but will enjoy the extra 70-80 at the wide end. I never thought I would sell all my Minolta glass but this will leave me with only my 100/2.8 macro.
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Re: biting the bullet and upgrading from the 80-200/2.8
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2014, 07:22:07 AM »
Just bought the 70-200. Cost me about $1800USD. I don't know how that compares to overseas but just under 1/5th less than in New Zealand. When I sell my 80-200 HS it will not have cost me too much for the upgrade. Now to get out on Bangkok heading south and start using it.
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Re: biting the bullet and upgrading from the 80-200/2.8
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2014, 01:20:53 AM »
Went and fired a few shots last evening in the fading light. First impressions are focusing was fast, don't know if it is as fast or not as my 89-200 HS but noticed the lack of noise. Images seemed very sharp and bright. I will not post them here as subject matter was pretty boring but already think IQ is better than my old lens.
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Re: biting the bullet and upgrading from the 80-200/2.8
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2014, 05:20:23 PM »
Congratulation for the new lens. Post up some pictures when you can
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