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Lens Talk / Re: A prime question....
« Last post by CHOLLY on July 19, 2017, 05:12:47 PM »
I've not used the Minolta 85mm f/1.4, but I LOVE the CZ version.

You're right; the Minolta AF glass DOES tend to be "warmer" than the modern Sony and Zeiss versions... even when the lenses have the SAME Optical formula.

Minolta Colors... EXCELLENT.
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Lens Talk / Re: A prime question....
« Last post by Faldrax on July 19, 2017, 09:29:27 AM »
^^^Have you tried the CZ 85mm f/1.4? If so, how would you compare the performance of the two?

I've not tried the CZ - Those who have compared them on Dyxum rate both highly, with the Minolta having a 'warmer' tone, but the CZ having perhaps a touch better micro contrast (so it looks a touch sharper).
I think the consensus is that you will be very happy with either, and that there is an element of personal choice as to which is better.
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Lens Talk / Re: A prime question....
« Last post by swanseadave on July 19, 2017, 09:08:58 AM »
I`ve been more than satisfied with the 70-210 3.5-4.5 I got from a local shop.It`s razor sharp from 5.6 up.



looking on ebay they don`t turn up often whereas the 4.5-5.6 are plentiful.
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Lens Talk / Re: A prime question....
« Last post by CHOLLY on July 18, 2017, 02:45:21 PM »
^^^Have you tried the CZ 85mm f/1.4? If so, how would you compare the performance of the two?
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Sony Alpha SLT Camera Discussion / Re: Sony A99 - Tips and Tricks
« Last post by jaribecker123 on July 18, 2017, 11:45:24 AM »
Very helpful tips, thanks
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Lens Talk / Re: A prime question....
« Last post by Faldrax on July 18, 2017, 11:05:07 AM »
You may be able to find a copy of the Tamron cheaper and if you do then you may want to get it as it is supposed to be as good as the Minolta. I personally would go for the Minolta over the Tamron at any price. Focusing speed wise they are both about the same. They are very good for portrait work but they are really designed as close up lenses. The Minolta can get as close as 1:1, is very sharp and does great close-ups. however it is not a speed demon, as it's design precludes that (it has very close gearing to ensure accuracy). As a general purpose lens with 100mm focal length it is fast enough for most types of photography but certainly not birds in flight. If you want the best in portraiture lenses, the Minolta 100mm is second to the Minolta 85mm f1.4 G but at $1000 +/_that lens is for the pros or well heeled.

I have both the Sony version of the 100 macro (optically the same as the Minolta), and the Minolta 85 f/1.4 G RS (there were several variations on this lens, with the 85 f/1.4 G D Limited being the most sought after - the price for a good copy of that makes the other versions look cheap!).

I tend to to use the 100 Macro much for portraits, and keep it just for macro, as I have the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 USD which is much more convenient as a zoom, and has fast and silent AF.

The 85 f/1.4 is, however, a step up from either - a great focal length on FF, with lovely rendering of the image - from very sharp on the point of focus, to silky smooth OOF areas. It was expensive (~ £600, s/h, from memory, I've had it a while), but worth it!

Sample



A900, Minolta 85 f/1.4 G RS, 1/125 f/1.4
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Lens Talk / Re: A prime question....
« Last post by Gordon McGeachie on July 18, 2017, 06:36:18 AM »
It's another solid lens. If you can buy a good copy jump on it. You won't be sorry.
I am very very tempted, but would really like the 200mm f2.8, 300mm f2.8 or even the 200 f4 macro.
will have to see how the finances go at the end of the month
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Lens Talk / Re: A prime question....
« Last post by CHOLLY on July 18, 2017, 03:44:04 AM »
It's another solid lens. If you can buy a good copy jump on it. You won't be sorry.
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Lens Talk / Re: A prime question....
« Last post by Gordon McGeachie on July 17, 2017, 09:59:35 PM »
I have considered the Beercan a few times, just had a look at the site where I get my second hand stuff from, and they have 3 priced between £79 and £99
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Lens Talk / Re: A prime question....
« Last post by CHOLLY on July 17, 2017, 05:10:16 PM »
Well, I have certainly been EXTREMELY satisfied with the Minolta 100mm f/2.8 AF original style.

It's literally one of my favorite lenses.

BTW, see if you can get your hands on the original Beercan; the Minolta 70-210mm f/4 AF... another OUTSTANDING lens.

It also gives you exceptional image quality... but is much more susceptible both Chromatic Aberration and flare depending on the light angle. Still, it's VERY sharp, has those Minolta Colors... and since hundreds of thousands of them were made... CHEAP.

It's another GREAT portrait lens.
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