I have never been much of a Minolta fan. I never had anything against them I just and not ever used their gear. Well, recently I got some in a trade and I have to say I have been vey impressed. I also did some reading about the Leica/Minolta cooperation and that a few lenses (Minolta design) made their way into the Leica's R line. The ones I had heard about before were the MD 24/2.8, MD24-50/4 and the MD 35-70/3.5 (both macro and non macro versions). I have a nice 24/2.8 already so i decided to go with one of the zooms. So far my experience with using adapted zooms has been good but not great. I used an OM 35-70/3.5-4.5 with close focus and while it was pretty nice for what it was I never thought it was great. Then again that was with m43 and I think adapted lenses are a lot more fun with the NEX. So, I found a nice 35-70/3.5 macro and decided to give it a go. It should arrive in about a week (it's coming from the U.K.) and I'm excited to see what it can do. From everything I have read the 35-70 is very similar in performance to the primes between 35-50. I tend to shoot in that 4-5.6 range anyway so the fact that it's not a fast lens shouldn't be too much of an issue. I'll check back when it arrives and post some samples. In case anyone is interested the Leica version runs about $400 used. This one was just a bit over $40. I also understand that they are identical optically. Should be a fun.