My first few shots using a legacy lens (Minolta MD 35-70mm F/3.5 macro zoom)

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by dshin525, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. dshin525

    dshin525 TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 4, 2013
    New Sony NEX 5r owner. After reading thru various forums, wanted to pick up some legacy lens on the cheap. This was the 1st to arrive and played around with it in the back yard. I'm new to "photography" in the sense that the NEX was my 1st non point and shoot camera. More often that not, my iphone was my primary camera! Anyhow, while my pic taking abilities still needs a ton of work, enjoy!

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  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Some very nice shots there!!!
    Particullary like #4 ;) 

    Also, I bought the same lens a few days ago :) 
  3. dshin525

    dshin525 TalkEmount Regular

    Jan 4, 2013
    Thanks. I saw that you did in your reply on another post. From what I have read, this particular lens was "licensed" for leica/leitz??
    Cant wait to get my 50mm 1.4. I'm thinking about just selling all my e-mount lens and going 100% MD! They are sooooo much more fun to use! It's like driving a manual vs an automatic car!
  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    ^^:thumbup: ;) 

    I will however keep at least 1-2 AF E-mount lenses in my collection for those times when AF is needed ;) 
  5. Orange

    Orange TalkEmount Veteran

    Jan 4, 2013
    It's not Orange!
    That's a great analogy!
  6. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    I agree with your analogy too, dshin525. I'm down to one AF lens now (Sony 16-50), and enjoy using my five MF lenses much more than I ever imagined that I would. With focus peaking, AF is almost an annoyance, as if some invisible hand is trying to take control of the camera from me.

    Of course there will be still times when I'll want to have it, with fast moving targets especially. But I do enjoy photography more when I take my time and deliberately compose a shot before I click the shutter. It's like enjoying a fine meal instead of wolfing it down.
  7. zapatista

    zapatista TalkEmount Rookie

    Sep 4, 2012
    Denver, CO (USA)
    The 35-70 is a very nice video lens as well, surprisingly sharp.
  8. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Some great first shots with your new lens.
  9. kevistopheles

    kevistopheles TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    I love that lens. It's mounted on my 5n right now. The way I understand the Leitz/Minolta connection is that they had a working agreement and Minolta built some products that were sold a Leica R lenses such as the MD 35-70/3.5, the 24/2.8 and I believe the 70-210/4. In addition some of the Minolta SLRs of that generation were the basis of the Leica R cameras. There was also the Leica CL and Minolta CLE RF cameras and the M-Rokkor 40/2 and Summicron 40/2.

    I'm not clear as whether or not the products were designed by Leitz, Minolta or a little bit of both, but I do know that I got the 35-70/3.5 macro in mint condition for about $40 and found a Leica R 35-70 for $400 that looked to me to be the same lens. I can also attest that the Minolta lens is superb.
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