Minolta Maxxum 7 lens recommendation

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by BillR, Sep 17, 2004.

  1. BillR

    BillR Guest

    I was looking for a Maxxum 7 50mm lens and would like opinions on the
    best choices out there. I assume there F1.7 is fair because it is so
    cheap at $30-45 on Ebay The F1.4 is around $100-150 on Ebay
    Are any of the aftermarket lenses worth recommending ? Vivitar,
    Tamaron etc.
    F1.4 is my priority choice for low light shooting.
    appreciate any replies

    BillR, Sep 17, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Just read your question again and then fearlessly get the Maxxum
    f/1.4 .. stipulate rear element in immaculate condition.

    f/1.7 is nifty too.

    Alan Browne, Sep 17, 2004
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  3. They are both good lenses. The 1.7 is cheaper because most people will
    always think the 1.4 is better because it originally cost more. It is
    faster, not by much, but I would not say better, just different.
    Joseph Meehan, Sep 17, 2004
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    Paul Evans Guest

    The 50 1.7 is a very sharp and contrasty lens. I use mine for
    astrophotography which places great demands on a lens as stars will show up
    any spherical abberation towards the edge of the field. In this respect my
    50/1.7 AF is visibly better wide open than an earlier MF Rokkor 50/1.4 which
    for other purposes is also an excellent lens.

    There really is such a thing as a bargain!

    Paul Evans, Sep 18, 2004
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    Ming Guest

    I got both. Both are good.
    Get the f1.7 version first. It is good enough.

    Ming, Sep 24, 2004
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    John Doe Guest

    I posted a similar requirement for Maxxum 5 and concluded that the
    following are good budget buys:
    - 50mm f/1.7
    - 28-85/105mm
    - 70-210mm f4

    Take a look at www.keh.com. They have these in excellent condition at
    great prices.


    John Doe, Sep 24, 2004
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    Magnus W Guest

    Ditto. Seconded.
    Magnus W, Sep 25, 2004
  8. BillR

    BillR Guest

    Thank you all for the replies
    I got the F1.7 and will see how that performs

    BillR, Sep 28, 2004
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