Minolta MD 75-200 f4.5 or MD 70-210 f4.0?

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by JazzMan, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. JazzMan

    JazzMan Guest

    Hi

    My local camera shops have the following two Minolta MD zoom lenses for sale
    second-hand

    - Minolta f4.5 75-200mm
    - Minolta f4 70-210mm

    I am quite interested in buying one of these, and the 75-200mm f4.5 is
    considerably cheaper than the 70-210mm f4

    I read on an FAQ that the 70-210mm may be a 'Leica' design and was
    considered reasonably good, but I couldn't find anything out about the
    75-200mm (are they basically the same design or are they competely
    different?)

    The difference in actual focal length is negligible for me, but I would like
    to purchase the best quality optic...

    Does anybody have any experience of these two lenses? Is the 70-210
    noticeably better than the 75-200?

    Many thanks
     
    JazzMan, Jan 23, 2004
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  2. JazzMan

    Colyn Guest

    I have the 70-210mm f/4 lens and as someone who does not care much for
    zooms I find it to be an excellent lens.

    I have never used the 75-200mm f/4.5 so I cannot comment on it..


    Colyn Goodson

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    Colyn, Jan 23, 2004
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  3. I've got the AF version of the 70-210 f/4 lens, which, I understand, is
    basically the same as the MD version internally - it was an early AF lens,
    from what I've read. It's a pretty good lens, as far as zooms go, and I've
    found mine pretty handy for a variety of roles. My biggest gripe with this
    lens, slow autofocusing, doesn't really apply to you.

    As for the differences between the two zooms you mentioned, I have no idea.
    Unfortunately, neither lens shows up on photodo.com, and I haven't been able
    to track down too many other details on 'em.

    Hope that helps.

    --Jason
     
    Jason Donahue, Jan 26, 2004
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  4. The f4 is legendary for being as sharp as a Minolta G lens, if not as flare
    resistant. I'd go for the f4.

    Mike
     
    Mike Lipphardt, Jan 26, 2004
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