Minolta Maxxum Lenses

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by RBrickston, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. RBrickston

    RBrickston Guest

    I'm in the market for a DSLR and just noticed an ad for the Sony A700 that
    says that the camera will take all 15 million Minolta Maxxum lenses made
    from 1985 on. Are this lenses in any quality comparison to what a similar
    lens for a a D300 or 40D would take?
    RBrickston, Sep 21, 2007
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  2. I'd guess that the fixed focal length primes are fine, but in my experience
    they're quite rare, very expensive or both, apart from the Minolta 28 f2.8
    AF. I've got two "consumer" Minolta zooms, and they seem OK on slide film
    on my Dynax 7 film SLR. How they would stand up to the scrutiny of digital
    I have no idea.
    Malcolm Stewart, Sep 21, 2007
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  3. RBrickston

    RBrickston Guest

    I was considering the Sony A700 and found that compatible Minolta Maxxum
    lenses are both numerous and dirt cheap on Ebay.
    RBrickston, Sep 22, 2007
  4. RBrickston

    RBrickston Guest

    I've never used a image stabilized camera, learning about camera shake
    from the Kodak Brownie days of adolescence, which stood me well in my 35mm
    era. So I haven't given it much thought as a deciding factor. However,
    those Maxxum lenses are dirt cheap on Ebay (hence my question), but maybe
    you get what you pay for in this case. Thanks for the heads up on another
    factor to maybe consider.
    RBrickston, Sep 23, 2007
  5. [A complimentary Cc of this posting was sent to
    Stephen Henning
    This is similar to what I saw published in January. In their tests,
    Sony beats 4 other technologies. See


    What is the source for your data?

    Ilya Zakharevich, Sep 24, 2007
  6. [A complimentary Cc of this posting was sent to
    What I saw published, is that Minolta 50mm 1.4 of '97 was considered
    (well, at least by one review ;-) (one of) the best 50mm dSLR lens as
    far as the optic quality goes. The quality was judged to be
    comparable to best rangefinder lenses... It is on the expensive side
    of 50mm (but comparable to others 1.4) though. [Myself, I do not use
    50mm, so can't contribute personal experience...]

    Of course, a lot of things could have been changed in the last 10

    Hope this helps,
    Ilya Zakharevich, Sep 24, 2007
  7. [A complimentary Cc of this posting was sent to
    Bill Tuthill
    True [I hit a wrong pasting key].

    Thanks. And I see now what I wrote is not clear in the context.

    What I wanted to say is that the 3 major "wide range of cameras"
    companies (Minolta/Nikon/Canon) ALL had some lenses of stellar
    quality, and all had their dudes (just look at xi line of lenses, if
    you know what I mean :-[). So when buying Minolta lenses on EBay, one
    needs to investigate first...

    [And do not discount Minolta just because they were spending a lesser
    part of their budget on advertisement. This just meant that what they
    (IMO) had a better features/price ratio than the competitors.]

    Hope this helps,
    Ilya Zakharevich, Sep 24, 2007
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