General purpose lenses for Minolta/Sony

Discussion in 'Sony' started by Padu, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. Padu

    Padu Guest


    I have a sony a100 with the kit lens. I also have two prosec lenses, a 28-70
    (3.4-4.5) and a 80-200 (don't remember apertures, nothing special) from my
    old minolta maxxum.

    I'm starting to think that instead of having 2 lenses (the kit and the
    28-70) that are very similar and both mediocre, it's better to have one
    general purpose good zoom lens.

    What should I look for when I go shop for such a zoom lens? Does minolta
    lenses also have anti-shake? Can I use the lens antishake AND the camera


    Padu, Sep 22, 2006
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  2. Padu

    bmoag Guest

    Actually the kit lens for the Alpha has been favorably reviewed. I do not
    have experience with that lens but it has been compared to the Nikon 18-70
    which is a wonderful lens for the price.
    Minolta Maxxum lenses are available used. Sony has rebadged a few and
    promises a new line although it is unclear if these will be at premium
    prices. The latter would not be a wise marketing decision for Sony as it has
    still to prove itself as a high end dSLR vendor.
    bmoag, Sep 23, 2006
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  3. There are no image stabilised lenses made for the Minolta mount (I don't
    think you can even obtain the Sigma 80-400mm OS) but the in-body AS/SSS
    handles all lenses pretty well, as long as they are not T-mount things
    bolted on. If the camera gets information on the focal length, it will
    optimise the SSS.

    I would suggest you pick up a 75-300mm Minolta or Sony at the best
    possible price, and leave your 28-70 and 80-200 in the cupboard. The kit
    18-70 and the additional 75-300 will do everything most users need.

    David Kilpatrick, Sep 23, 2006
  4. Padu

    Alan Browne Guest

    The A/S as others have said is in the body, not the lens, so don't worry
    about it.

    If your 80-200 is the f/2.8 then that's a great lens if a bit big & heavy.

    Given the two lenses that you have, I'd look instead at a fixed-focal
    length lens such as the 85 f/1.4 or 100 f/2.8 macro.

    Alan Browne, Sep 23, 2006
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