Minolta Thoughts..

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Kramer, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. P.S., I forgot, your 14mm *would* be a 21mm...

    So you'd be missing one or two *real* wides.
    Chris Loffredo, Jul 16, 2006
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  2. Kramer

    no_name Guest

    One too many zeros.

    K-100 ... actually K-100D

    Looks like a rebadged *ist-Ds with image stabilization (apparently from
    Konica-Minolta, licensed thru Sony).
    no_name, Jul 16, 2006
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  3. Kramer

    Annika1980 Guest

    Dude, if I could afford all those lenses I could spring for the full
    frame 1DsMKII.
    Annika1980, Jul 16, 2006
  4. Kramer

    Annika1980 Guest

    I rented one and wasn't overly impressed with it. Of course, it hardly
    suits the type of shooting I do the most. If I was into architectural
    photography or shooting a lot of interiors, then it would be a boon.
    Annika1980, Jul 16, 2006
  5. Kramer

    Annika1980 Guest

    Hey, I like the way you think!
    Maybe we should start a campaign?
    "Stop Lung Cancer. Buy more L glass!"
    Annika1980, Jul 16, 2006
  6. Kramer

    tomm42 Guest

    Agreed, but I have them spread out over 4 camera systems, my Nikon
    digital D200, a Canon FD system (that is probably going with my son to
    college where his classes require film), 1 Leica M2s 3 lenses 25 f3,5
    Canon, Sumilux 35 f1.4, Nikon 85 f2, a Rollei twin lens (f2.8 Planar)
    and 2 4x5s, a Linhof and a Calumet monorail, 90f8 Schneider linof Super
    Angulon, Voigtlander 150f5.6 Apo Lanthar, Nikon 120mm f5.6 Macro Nikor,
    and a 300mm Rodenstock f9 Apo Ronar.
    Where i agree with you a digital P&S has no soul, shooting high end
    digital is more like film , better in most cases too (let the flames
    come). I printed large format digital for 4 years and know what files,
    film and digital, look like.
    Also I am loosing professional outlets, the one pro store in my area
    closed their doors, the only processing lab in the area is being run
    only by the owner (layed off his staff), he is not getting any younger
    and I'm seeing it is only a matter of time. Having spent most of my pro
    career 30 years with 4-24 hour E6 service, I just wouldn't be able to
    wait weeks for film to come back.

    tomm42, Jul 16, 2006
  7. Well, all those (good quality super-wide) lenses *are* available
    cheaply, if you just give up being "on the cutting edge of photographic

    Buy a used Leica M / M39 compatible body and some used
    Cosina/Voigtländer super-wides and you can have LOTS of fun, but - oh
    no! - you'd have to use film and they aren't branded Canon...
    Chris Loffredo, Jul 16, 2006
  8. Kramer

    Annika1980 Guest

    A friend of mine has a Lecia M3 which I have used on occasion. What
    would be the sharpest lens I could find (reasonably priced, used) that
    would fit the M3?
    He has a Summicron 50mm f/2 (screw on, I think).
    Annika1980, Jul 16, 2006
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    jeremy Guest

    A friend of mine has a Lecia M3 which I have used on occasion. What
    would be the sharpest lens I could find (reasonably priced, used) that
    would fit the M3?
    He has a Summicron 50mm f/2 (screw on, I think).

    Check here for a detailed comparison of the three normal lenses currently
    available, plus some comments on how previous Leica lenses look by

    jeremy, Jul 16, 2006
  10. The sharpest? What FL?

    The "sharpest" are probably the latest Leica ASPH or the new Zeiss-Ikon

    And old Summicron screw-on lens is probably better for its special
    "look" than for super-sharpness (meaning it is still plenty sharp but
    not a record holder and not the main reason to get it).

    The Cosina/Voigtländer lenses are generally comparable to the previous
    generation Leica lenses; as value they are very hard to beat.
    In the super-wide category I can recommended the 15 & 21mm.
    The 12mm also has a good reputation (excellent for its FL & price).

    There are also the Konica KMs and the *many* M39 screw mount lenses made
    by many manufacturers, including the old Soviet stuff (great old Zeiss
    designs; great quality - if you are lucky) and even many old Canon
    lenses (including the infamous 50mm f/0.95; record holder but a real dog
    - Canon in a nutshell!).

    Executive summary; lot of sharp lenses out there, just what do you want
    and how much do you want to spend?
    Chris Loffredo, Jul 16, 2006
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    J. Clarke Guest

    Not sure about _the_ sharpest at this time, but the 50mm Summicron leaves
    little to be desired in that regard. If it is clean and in good working
    order it is certainly adequate for any purpose which can be served by a
    50mm f/2 non-macro lens on a rangefinder camera.
    J. Clarke, Jul 16, 2006
  12. A friend of mine has a Lecia M3 which I have used on occasion. What
    would be the sharpest lens I could find (reasonably priced, used) that
    would fit the M3?
    He has a Summicron 50mm f/2 (screw on, I think).

    I don't think Leica made an M3 with a screw on lens mount. All the M series
    have a bayonet type mount.
    William Graham, Jul 17, 2006

  13. => Adapter.
    Chris Loffredo, Jul 17, 2006
  14. Kramer

    Bandicoot Guest

    That's the Canon way though: they make long lenses that suit sports types
    extremely well, but their wide stuff is pretty sucky.

    Of course, if you want to use the professional market as a selling tool -
    which is what Canon has done, taking a sales technique developed by Nikon
    and beating them at their own game - then long lenses are the ones that get
    seen being used at all the televised events, so from a marketing perspective
    they've put all their effort into the end that makes the most sense. Very

    That means the Canon lens range suits some types of shooter MUCH better than
    others. Personally I don't like the 'look' Canon glass gives anyway, but
    their long lenses are certainly plenty sharp and free from chromatic
    aberration - which their wides are not.

    Bandicoot, Jul 17, 2006
  15. Kramer

    J. Clarke Guest

    All Leica Ms take M39 screw mount lenses with the appropriate adapter, sold
    by Leica for the purpose and attaching to the lens so precisely that if you
    don't know that it's a screw mount lens you probably wouldn't guess by
    examining it.
    J. Clarke, Jul 17, 2006
  16. Gotcha.
    William Graham, Jul 17, 2006
  17. Oh.....I wonder if the old collapsible lenses will fit on the M series too?
    William Graham, Jul 17, 2006
  18. Kramer

    J. Clarke Guest

    Sure, with the exception of the M5 and the CL which put the meter on an arm
    in front of the shutter--the arm will interfere with the collapsible lenses
    in the collapsed position.
    J. Clarke, Jul 17, 2006
  19. Kramer skrev:
    I'm a Minolta user, my current body is a 700si (what 800si replaced,
    then the 7 some years later) - It's about 12 years old i think. Works
    like a charm, never had any problems at all in those years.

    So I've been wanting a 8mpixel or more cam for ages. The Minolta 7d was
    nice, but at 6 megapixles it wasn't all what I wanted.

    The a100 looks fairly good. the inclusion of picture modes might tip
    some off but as long as I can tune in to aperature priority or shutter
    priority I don't complain.

    But what I wonder is - what is wrong with the a100 that I haven't
    noticed? My 700si I've used on aperature priority most of the time I've
    had it, a couple of times on shutter priority and on program only the
    times I've lended it to others without the right knowledge. But I have
    never had a digital camera before.
    Geir Eivind Mork, Jul 17, 2006
  20. Kramer

    Paul J Gans Guest

    Back aches?

    ---- Paul J. Gans
    Paul J Gans, Jul 19, 2006
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