Minolta Maxxum 7000 inquiry

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by ColynG©, Nov 20, 2004.

  1. ColynG©

    ColynG© Guest

    I was given a Maxxum 7000 camera today with 2800af flash and 50mm
    lens.

    Everything appears to be in good working order so I was wondering if
    Minolta made a 35-70mm macro zoom which is as good as the mf version
    35-70mm f/3.5 macro..

    Any other lens recommendations??


    Colyn Goodson
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    http://www.colyngoodson.com
     
    ColynG©, Nov 20, 2004
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    Paul Evans Guest

    The lenses Minolta released when they went AF were all very good indeed.
    The 35-70 macro is an f4 (constant) and is extremely highly rated. It uses
    aspherical components to achieve small size with excellent sharpness and
    contrast. I have one coming to me shortly.

    Among other lenses the 70-210 is a big beast but is f4 right the way through
    and boasts a construction that just isn't seen these days outside of
    professional lenses costing £000s. The pictures are pin sharp even at f4 and
    the internal zoom with the lens staying the same size at any focal length is
    good.

    The jewel for travel photography is the 28-135 f4-4.5. This is a superb lens
    contrary to what you might think from the ambitious range. It is heavy, has
    a flare prone big (72mm) front element, won't focus closer than 5ft and has
    slight pincushion distortion at the 135 end, but is also sharp and contrasty
    at every f stop and focal length and built like a tank. The rear element
    focussing keeps things easy for the AF motor too. Apparently this lens cost
    more to make than the selling price which was circa £600 in the mid-late
    '80s!

    Paul.
    http://www.pevans.me.uk
     
    Paul Evans, Nov 21, 2004
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    Magnus W Guest

    The world's first aspherical compound element in mass production. Glass and
    plastic in a beautiful combination ;-) Yes, it's a good lens.
    If focuses slower than... something really slow... on a x000 camera though.
    Built like a tank -- well, a tank with a soft and chewy internal then. it
    has a metal exterior, but its zoom mechanism is very fragile and breaks
    easily, and I am told this was a major reason for Minolta to discontinue
    the beast. It's a stellar performer, probably one of the best zooms ever
    built, but I don't recommend it to anyone. Too many drawbacks. I am
    thinking of trading mine.

    The 24-50/4 is always mentioned as one of the best -- I have one but
    haven't had the time to test it...
     
    Magnus W, Nov 21, 2004
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