Minolta AF 100-400 f/4.5-6.7 APO

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Alan Browne, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Opinions?

    There is one for sale (used) nearby.

    A bit slow for me, but perhaps for a friend of mine...

    photozone:
    mags (5) : Minolta AF 4.5-6.7 100-400mm APO 3.35 (5) = good
    user (11) : 3.19 (11) = good

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Apr 28, 2004
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  2. Alan Browne

    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Minolta AF 100-400 f/4.5-6.7 APO
    Have never shot with it. My only suggestion is the obviousone. If they'll allow
    you, bring along some film and ask them if they'd let you shoot some photos
    (with flash and/or using their tripod) within or just outside their store under
    a salesman's supervision (depends on the store and the salesman). Failing to be
    allowed to do this, see if they'll allow you to rent the lens and be able to
    put the price of the rental to a purchase should you decide to buy it. Test at
    open aperture at both exptremes and stopped down a couple of stops too,
    sel-timer/mirror up if on a tripod. Not a fan of test charts but aiming
    perpendicular to some brick walled buildings and/or at people (maybe even the
    salesperson will pose for you, you never know - just don't try this in NY or
    your subject will be gone/hailing a cab in a NY minute ;-)). You know the
    routine, Alan, blah blah blah, etc. etc. etc., yadda yadda yadda and then some.
     
    Lewis Lang, Apr 29, 2004
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  3. It's surprisingly good. Don't forget a tripod though. It is unfortunate
    that it doesn't have a tripod collar, since it's fairly heavy for a consumer
    zoom, and extends waaaay out there. But if your cameras' tripod socket can
    take it. you're OK. Better is to support it in the middle somewhere.

    Mike
     
    Mike Lipphardt, Apr 29, 2004
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  4. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    The store knows me well enough that there would be no problem...
    That third 'blah' and second 'yadda' could really use further elaboration.

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Apr 29, 2004
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  5. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Very good point, thanks. It is intended as a gift for my SO and her
    maxxum 5. It has a good collar, but the tripod mount is (I believe)
    embedded in plastic...
     
    Alan Browne, Apr 29, 2004
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  6. Alan Browne

    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Re: Minolta AF 100-400 f/4.5-6.7 APO
    Ok, fair enough, the third 'blah' refers to Abott & Costello's third base in
    their "Who's On First" routine in which the unkown part of the third part is
    referred to as an unkown party of an indeterminate apellation when divided by
    the viscosity of baking soda at room temperature, the second yadda just refers
    to the fact that there may be a Minolta 100-400 slae going on in an alternate
    dimension or at B&H, whichever tastes more like grape flavor.

    Any further questions may be addressed to:

    Lance A Lot Link, secret chimp
    FRPS, UPS, ISO, Comsat satellite
    United States of Freedom Fries 07?6&

    or may be addressed directly to the next rout that lifts its head above water,
    whisper softly in its gills as its ears have fallen off listening to too much
    of "American Idol".
     
    Lewis Lang, Apr 29, 2004
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  7. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    That's what I thought but was too shy to say in case I was wrong.
     
    Alan Browne, Apr 29, 2004
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  8. Time to reboot, Lewis. Your OS has crashed again :)

    Mike
     
    Mike Lipphardt, Apr 30, 2004
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    Magnus W Guest

    The 5 bayonet is plastic -- be warned. It may look like metal on the
    outside (and it is!) but that is only a face plate so they can claim "metal
    mount". The inside where the wear and tear is going on is, in fact, 100%
    plastic.
     
    Magnus W, Apr 30, 2004
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  10. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    I'll have to look at it again, 'cause all the parts in wear contact
    looked metal to me...
     
    Alan Browne, Apr 30, 2004
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  11. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Thanks for pointing that out Magnus.

    I took a good look at the mount on my SO's Maxxum 5.

    The "bayonet" 'clicks' are indeed plastic. So whenever putting a lens
    on or taking it off, there will be some wear there, but only during the
    rotating 'movement'.

    But once the lens is mounted, the weight of the lens, from its 'tabs'
    (top) or the ring (bottom) will be 100% against the metal ring in front
    (front at bottom; back at top from weight of lens).

    What remains unseen (and I didn't remove the ring to look) is how those
    loads are transmitted from the metal ring to the camera body and thence
    to the tripod socket.

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, May 4, 2004
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