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Re: Looking For Minolta Maxxum Zoom AF Lens For Sony A99
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2017, 11:47:01 PM »
We can only hope....
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Re: Looking For Minolta Maxxum Zoom AF Lens For Sony A99
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2017, 11:28:17 AM »
Samyang have started making autofocus lenses, but so far only for E mount.

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Re: Looking For Minolta Maxxum Zoom AF Lens For Sony A99
« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2017, 06:51:30 PM »
^^^Looks like they think Sony mirrorless is the future of ILC photography...
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Re: Looking For Minolta Maxxum Zoom AF Lens For Sony A99
« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2017, 01:43:21 PM »
^^^Looks like they think Sony mirrorless is the future of ILC photography...

Possibly, but it's also a sector where Sony is a clear leader, with few native alternatives to the expensive (but good) Sony full frame lenses - IE there is a clear segment where then have no particular competition.

If they tried to compete in A mount, there are Sigma and Tamron AF lenses, plus a large volume of s/h Sony & Minolta lenses. Much harder to produce something which there is not an existing alternative to.
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Re: Looking For Minolta Maxxum Zoom AF Lens For Sony A99
« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2017, 09:30:27 PM »
True.

But if they produced a HIGH Image Quality, Well Built, LOW COST AF alternative for the A mount line-up I would CERTAINLY give them a SERIOUS look.
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« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2017, 09:37:57 AM »
same here Cholly, I saw one review where the Samyang 85mm f1.4 gave the Zeiss a good run for the money, at a fraction of the cost.

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Re: Looking For Minolta Maxxum Zoom AF Lens For Sony A99
« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2017, 07:10:14 PM »
Yep!
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Re: Looking For Minolta Maxxum Zoom AF Lens For Sony A99
« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2017, 06:09:01 PM »
Just getting back on topic, I have the Minolta 28-135 f4-4.5 which will give the CZ a run for its money. I remember a comparison by a pro that showed it to be sharper than the CZ in many ways. It has greater range than a 28-70/80 and is sharp if you get a good one, however it is heavy, just like the CZ.

You must be careful when buying these Minolta 28-135mm lenses. They have a macro feature which works by pushing a switch and turning the zoom into the macro range. It then changes to manual focus, which is fine for macros. However some bright spark came up with a method of modifying it to do macro in AF mode. This entailed taking the lens apart and that was the problem. For everyone who managed to do it correctly, there were ten who did not, making the lens all manual focus and totally messing it up. If you can get one of these lenses, make sure it has not been tampered with. Pay a bit extra and get one form a dealer, not from eBay, You will not be sorry. It is truly a nice if heavy lens, 770g. See Here
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Re: Looking For Minolta Maxxum Zoom AF Lens For Sony A99
« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2017, 11:17:54 PM »
I agree with you on the 28-135mm... ESPECIALLY on full-frame cameras.

It's excellent.... IF as Charles said, you can get one in good condition. It's one of my favorite go-to lenses for everything from landscape to portraiture in good light.

And because Minolta made so many of them you can usually find a good copy for a VERY reasonable price. ;)
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Re: Looking For Minolta Maxxum Zoom AF Lens For Sony A99
« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2017, 09:05:16 AM »
is the 28-135 the one nicknamed `the secret handshake` due to Minolta being in collaboration with Zeiss?

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Re: Looking For Minolta Maxxum Zoom AF Lens For Sony A99
« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2017, 04:19:06 PM »
That's the one....

It's an EXCELLENT optic.

Slow AF... but the image quality is VERY good.

You'll have to buy a lens hood for it... and don't buy a petal hood 'cause the front element rotates. But it's a NICE piece of glass.
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« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2017, 06:24:25 PM »
Actually it is an internal focus lens (one of the first, if not the first) and the front element does not rotate (unless it's broken). The internal focus is one of its quirks as the focus ring is at the rear, quite close to the mount, and is therefore harder to get used to as your hand naturally goes to the front. I would not say that the AF was slow, on my A850 and normal decent light it focuses as quick as other Minolta lenses, Quite fast but a bit noisy. No good for movie mode if you want that.

I have a circular 72mm rubber hood with a polarizer permanently mounted on the front. The rubber hood allows for folding back various amounts to prevent vignetting when shooting at wide angles.

If anyone is interested in a high quality for a small price, this is in my opinion the way to go. I will not deny that there are equally good buys in Minolta or other makes, but not with the great glass of this lens. Minolta sold it with a hard black circular leather case, which they did with their best white and G lenses only. It has its quirks and being a 'secret handshake' is a myth. I am not saying that Zeiss did not have a hand in its design (I do not know) but Minolta did not hand it out free to special customers with a secret handshake, what nonsense!!! It was a very expensive lens in its day and Minolta needed the money to stay competitive with the two big boys. 
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Re: Looking For Minolta Maxxum Zoom AF Lens For Sony A99
« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2017, 05:46:58 AM »
Charles, my front element rotates. Always has.

Maybe it's a different lens?
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Re: Looking For Minolta Maxxum Zoom AF Lens For Sony A99
« Reply #28 on: August 17, 2017, 01:05:34 PM »
Charles, my front element rotates. Always has.

Maybe it's a different lens?

According to the Dyxum lens database, the front element rotates when Zooming, but not when Focussing.
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Re: Looking For Minolta Maxxum Zoom AF Lens For Sony A99
« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2017, 03:02:05 PM »
That is correct guys. You focus after you zoom then set your polarizer etc after you have attained focus. Why does it matter if the front element turns when zooming. That's why it is called Internal focusing, not internal zooming.
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