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Budget 300mm

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Hawkman, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    While our recent unexpected expenses have left me truly unable to splurge for awhile on any serious photo gear, I do find myself somewhat anxious to plug a gap in my lens collection... a telephoto of more than 210mm (that's not also a bulky f/10 telescope). And roundball's increasingly excellent bird shots have been a true inspiration. But I'm afraid I can't afford something like his Canon FD 400/4. So I've been eyeing some Minolta MC/MD 300mm telephotos, mostly the MD 300/4.5, since I already have adapters for Minoltas. However, copies of those 300/4.5s seem to be somewhat rare and over US$100, which is more than I can likely justify to the household Finance Committee of One.

    But then I saw some info on a Minolta MD Tele-Rokkor 300 f/5.6... and for under $100. So, my question to you all is whether anyone has any experience with the MD 300/5.6 and if so, how it might compare to the 300/4.5 models.

    And if there are any other recommendations for a good legacy 300mm that might be had for under US$100, those ideas are welcome too.

    Thanks all.
     
  2. michelb

    michelb TalkEmount Regular

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    Oct 27, 2013
    Greater Montreal area in Quebec, Canada
    Michel Brien
    See here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55173440@N08/sets/72157644651188732/
    Comparison of Tamron 18-200, Minolta MD Tele-Rokkor-X 300mm F 5,6 and Minolta 500RF on NEX-7

    I sold the 300 and kind of regret it but i now have 2 X 4.5's ( MC-Rokkor-X that has huge AC and is very prone to flare due to hood being probably too short, newer MD Tele-Rokkor with IF that i just got and had no time to test yet) and rare Vintage Rokkor-QD from about 1965 that i also have not tested much due to work and deep freezing temperatures here these last few months.
     
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  3. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Steve
    Thank you Michel. Good comparison shots, and reassuring as well.
     
  4. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    I have Tair 4 (in the funny lens collection), Tamron 54B and Nikon ED 300mm/4.5. If you have car or don't plan to walk a lot around Tair 4 is viable option, Tamron is quite light but does have some CA.
     
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  5. slothead

    slothead TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Mar 1, 2015
    Maryland
    Tom
    I've got a Nikon 500mm f/8 reflex that I'm dieing to try on either my a600, my a5100 or even my Oly OM-D E-M5 (I). One of its advantages is that it has its own tripod mount and thus does not load the camera lens mount with cantilever shear loads. Adding a 1.4 teleconverter would bring the equivalent to 1050mm for the Sonys and 1400mm for the Oly, but cut the aperture to f/9 or f/10.
     
  6. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Steve
    Well, I "pulled the trigger" on the Minolta MD Tele Rokkor 300mm f/5.6 today. We'll see how it performs in a few days... assuming the weather cooperates, "April showers" and all.
    At $69 it seemed the best value, especially considering that the very limited info I was able to dig up on it was all positive.
     
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  7. Dan Euritt

    Dan Euritt TalkEmount Regular

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  8. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    I was searching for the ideal 300mm (zoom) for portable shooting. If your Tamron is the 23A, you're not going to find much better.
    When I got my SP 60-300 23A, the search was over. Performance is outstanding even compared to primes.
     
  9. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Steve
  10. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Here is perhaps my best shot with this 300mm lens so far:
    Near-Half Moon, today, 4/26/15 at 8:18pm EDT, before sunset...
    17096996798_485e7c7847_o. Near Half Moon 4/26/14 (cropped) by SRHawk64, on Flickr
    Minolta MD Tele Rokkor 300mm f/5.6 @ f/11, ISO 400, 1/200. SOOC JPEG, cropped to 1536x1024 for a 100% view.
    I notice some CA, which is to be expected with this lens. And it may be a bit soft or otherwise not quite truly focused to infinity... and it was focused all the way to the infinity stop.
    But, overall, I'm pleased with this one.
     
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  11. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 17, 2015
    Is this on a Nex-7 or A7?
    I'd be happy if I could get that out of my Nex-7 with my Nikkor 300mm.
    Nice shot.
     
  12. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Steve
    Neither. MD Tele Rokkor 300/5.6 on my A3000.
     
  13. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Feb 17, 2015
    Sorry, I didn't see your sig for some reason.
    I like the results you're getting.
    We've got too much moisture in the air tonight to make it worth while to shoot.
    Tomorrow night should be different though.
     
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  14. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    That looks excellent!