PING Tuthill and other Minolta lens owners

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Alan Browne, Jul 10, 2005.

  1. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest


    What would be your choice? (and if you care to say, why).

    Maxxum 17-35 f/3.5 G ~$1,900 CAD

    Maxxum 17-35 f/2.8-4 ~$650 CAD

    Tamron 17-35 f/2.8-4 ~$650 CAD

    Temptation is to say screw it and shop for a 500CM and 150 f/4.

    Alan Browne, Jul 10, 2005
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  2. Alan Browne

    Bill Tuthill Guest

    This is the best lens from what I've seen, although not worth $1900.
    Look at it this way: if you had a film SLR instead of a DSLR, would
    you be excited by a 26-52/3.5 lens for $1900?
    These are the same lens. Optical quality is good but not stunning,
    as is true of the Tamron/Maxxum 28-75/2.8 Di.

    One downfall of the Minolta DSLR system is lack of wide-range lens.
    I don't think a 17-35 is a solution to this problem. How many shots
    are you going to miss when you have to change to a > 52mm perspective?
    How many dust particles are you doing to get on your CCD every time
    you change lenses for a longer perspective?
    Bill Tuthill, Jul 11, 2005
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  3. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    Thanks for the reply Bill. Given that I've never been a "wide weenie",
    my 20mm f/2.8 has been a great lens nonetheless.

    I do have two film bodies as well, not to be neglected.

    I'll put off deciding for now...

    Alan Browne, Jul 12, 2005
  4. Alan Browne

    Bill Tuthill Guest

    IIRC you have the superb Minolta 28-70/2.8 G.

    Are you satisfied with how wide it is, 28mm perspective
    with 42mm angle of view?

    I had a 38-90mm camera (actually still have it at home,
    where it sits in a drawer) and absolutely hated it.
    Never could get enough scenery into most pictures.
    Bill Tuthill, Jul 15, 2005
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