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Minolta 2.8
« on: July 02, 2014, 09:14:54 PM »
Hey everyone, I've been away for awhile and just wanted to give an update on my latest.

I scored a Minolta 80-200 f/2.8 APO G lens on theBay. It's the white one & should be here tomorrow. It's going on my a77, so does anyone have any guidance as far as setup. Such as Micro adjustment, etc? I've only read the rave reviews, & the majority negative is the noisy AF & tremendous torque. So, it'd be nice to hear feedback from those who have a copy. Peace,

BobbyJack

P.S. I missed this forum. It's good to be back
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Re: Minolta 2.8
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2014, 11:52:38 PM »
I don't have the Minolta 80-200 f/2.8 APO G, I have the 200mm f2.8 APO G. However to answer one question, the micro adjustment is dependent on both the lens and the camera. Adjusting the lens on one camera will not make it correct for another camera. Micro adjustment is a bit of a hit and miss affair. especially for a zoom lens. So don't expect miracles. Adjust it at the focal length you use most often and leave it at that.

One other point about all these Minolta white lenses is that some, not all, can have poor paint which chips easily.
Sony A7, A850, A77, A700 || Sony>> 70-300G, 28-75 f2.8 SAM, 16-80CZ, 50 f1.4, FE 28-70 OSS, FE 24-70CZ f4 OSS, LA-EA4 || Minolta>> 300 f4 G HS, 200 f2.8 G HS, 100 f2.8 (D) Macro, 50 f1.7, 28 f2.8, 28-135 f4-4.5, 70-210 f4, 500 f8 Reflex, TC x 1.4 HS, TC x 2 HS. || Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2. || Tamron SP 24-135.

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Re: Minolta 2.8
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2014, 11:49:20 PM »
Word of caution.  Micro adjustment is new (to me) on the A99 and I decided to test a lens.  Convinced myself it was back focussing and was about to adjust it but thought I would just repeat the test.  The second time around I was convinced it was front focussing so decided my testing was not good enough to pick the difference and have left well alone !!
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Re: Minolta 2.8
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2014, 12:39:34 AM »
I bought the 80-200/2.8 HS and used it on my A77. I had focus issues and could not correct these with the micro adjust. I ended up sending my lens and camera off where they were calibrated together. Have a read of this, http://elekm.net/zeiss-ikon/repair/collimate/ I had my lens collimated, focal plane in camera reset and whatever other adjustments needed doing done. Hopefully yours may not need any adjusting as I have not read anywhere else about any problems but if there are focus issues it seems an easy fix for the service center. Mine works great now and is very sharp both on my A77 and I'm now using it on my A99 and can't fault it.

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Re: Minolta 2.8
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2014, 10:32:47 PM »
Thank you, friends for the input.
Perhaps I am in need for an eye exam. Because so far the images I've taken are tack sharp. Granted, I have not shot anything other than in bright sunlight, but the bokeh is milky smooth.
The seller (supposed photog teacher) assured me he would assist me in getting the most from the lens for a small fee. Which I agreed to, seeing that I'm a noob. What I've received so far as instruction is a YouTube link. 45 minutes to learn how to use HDR. I've watched 10 min so far, & not a word about an a77. Since it has only been less than a week more teacher instruction may arise.
So while it is supposed to feel like 110 degrees here in The Heartland; guess I'll watch the Utube vid.

Prolly be better off reviewing Friedman's book.


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Re: Minolta 2.8
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2014, 12:57:35 AM »
Sounds like you scored one that needs no adjustment. Don't go looking for problems that aren't there. It's funny what John said as I had exactly the same issue when I tried to adjust the micro focus. Sometimes it seemed to front focus then sometimes back focus. It is great after I had it serviced and calibrated. Enjoy your lens.
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