Minolta AF lens without the "Maxxum" word

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by bubba, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. bubba

    bubba Guest

    Hi,

    I have a Minolta Auto Focus 70-210mm f/4 old style macro lens. The odd
    thing about it is that it does not have the word Maxxum anywhere on the
    lens, unlike most of its peers.

    I wonder if this could be a relic from the "crossed X" battle. Maybe
    there's a brief period that Minolta decided against putting the Maxxum
    name on its lenses altogether?

    Also, the lens had a eight-digit serial number, which is unlike any
    other 70-210 f/4 I've seen. It is made in Japan though, so I am
    intrigued.

    Any insights?

    James
     
    bubba, Nov 25, 2005
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  2. bubba

    Alan Browne Guest

    Could be they removed all branding but kept production going until the
    Exxon situation settled.
    All my Minolta lenses and bodies have 8 digit sernos.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Nov 26, 2005
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  3. bubba

    TLR Guest

    The word "Maxxum" only aplies to the cameras and lenses sold by Minolta in
    the US, so it apears that the lens was purchased is another part of the
    world.
    Regards
     
    TLR, Nov 26, 2005
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  4. bubba

    xiongnu Guest

    hi,

    i got a related question and hope someone can answer

    being a photography novice, i recently picked up the same lens from
    ebay. but when i fitted with my Minolta Maxxum 5 SLR camera, i didn't
    see much big difference between it and the 28-80mm lens comes with my
    camera. this is supposed to be a Macro telephoto lens and should allow
    me to zoom in on the objects in distance, right? or i miss something
    here?

    thanks
     
    xiongnu, Dec 1, 2005
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  5. bubba

    no_name Guest

    Macro means you can focus close up. Technically macro means the lens
    can produce 1:1 (lifesize) or greater magnification.

    If you took a macro photograph of a penny, you could then lay a penny on
    the negative. The image and the penny would be the same size.

    This lens probably gives 1/4 lifesize at closest focus when zoomed out
    to 80mm. That would be a couple of feet from the end of the lens.
    Someone who actually has the lens can probably tell how close it will
    focus. I'm guestimating based on a similar "macro" lens I've had.

    For a film camera 28-80mm zoom would be slightly wide to slightly
    telephoto. You can use it as a telephoto and make far things look
    closer, but it's not going to do a whole lot.

    Or you can use the telephoto magnification to make something close up
    produce a larger image on the film.

    http://opd.usa.canon.com/html/eflenses/lens101/focallength/index.html

    This Canon site has a Flash application that shows the different views
    for lenses at 15, 20, 28, 35, 50, 85 ... 1200 mm

    The Flash application takes a while to load even on a fast connection.
    For some reason it loaded faster clicking on the link for the comparison
    chart and then clicking on that page's link to the flash application to
    bring you back.

    It also shows the angle of view at various focal lengths.
     
    no_name, Dec 2, 2005
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  6. bubba

    xiongnu Guest

    yeah, it helps a lot :)

    the higher the zoom number, the closer the camera can bring the distant
    object to the observer

    i need to take some shots in the field to see the difference myself and
    learn it first-hand

    thanks for the explaination
     
    xiongnu, Dec 5, 2005
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