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Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by izzikiorage, May 27, 2014.

  1. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jul 30, 2013
    Hello everyone

    I have a NEX6 and I've been trawling ebay recently and trying to see if I can get a zoom lens around 70-200mm for about 50$. What would be the best lens that I can get? I already have an NEX to MD (minolta) adapter so was searching for lenses for it and came up with the following

    Vivatar 70-210 f/4.5
    Sigma zoom KII 70-210mm f/4.5
    Minolta MD zoom celictic 100-200 f/5.6

    Wish I could buy the Minolta 70-210mm f/4 beercan but it seems to be $100+ on all sites that I tried (especially since I need to get the lenses shipped to India). Please advise what I should be buying. Even lenses with non MD mounts are OK, provided I can an adapter for it
     
  2. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    I just looked on KEH.com, and they list a Minolta MD Macro 70-210 f/4.5-5.6 for US$43, in EX condition, which is usually a reliable indicator of good lens condition from KEH.
    If you are in the US, they seem to be a great, reliable source of used lenses.



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  3. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
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  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    I have this (Minolta MD 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6 and I'm very pleased with it. Significant smaller and lighter than the "beercan" (f/4) version :)
     
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  5. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Sorry, I missed the part about needing to have it shipped to India. Maybe KEH.com wouldn't be helpful for that.
     
  6. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jul 30, 2013
    That's the reason I've been trying on ebay.com, specially looking for asian sellers (japan, korea etc).

    Are any of the lenses i mentioned in my post good? As they are listed at sub 50$. Or should i be looking at a different mount?

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  7. eno789

    eno789 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2012
    NoCal, USA
    Brian
    I don't have experience with any of the three lenses you listed.

    But I can recommend:

    Vivitar 70-150mm f/3.8 1-touch
    Kiron 70-150mm f/4
    Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5
    Kiron 70-210mm f/4 zoom lock
    Tamron SP 70-210mm f/3.5-4 Adaptall-2 52A (for close focus)
    Tamron SP 70-210mm f/3.5 Adaptall-2 19AH
    Tamron 80-210mm f/3.8-4 Adaptall-2 03A or 103A (quite inexpensive)
    Tokina AT-X 50-250mm f/4-5.6

    Among old manual focus lenses, primes typically have better quality. If you still prefer zoom, I'd suggest you be a little patient, search for sample pictures, and only buy proven ones.
     
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  8. xXx1

    xXx1 TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 15, 2013
    I second Vivitar/Kiron 70-150mm/4 (I think it is the same lens). Vivitar sold also Tokina made version of the lens that isn't as good. Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm are pretty good (first 3 versions) as is Minolta 70-210mm/4. Later ones are quite heavy and big.
     
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  9. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jul 30, 2013
    Thanks, will search for one of these. I'm not against buying a long range prime. Which ones would you reccomend?

    Also is the image quality good enough to justify sacrificing the flexibility of a zoom?

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  10. pvp_victor

    pvp_victor TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 24, 2013
    bangalore, india
    Vijay
    With a long range prime, without stabilization, one has to always remember to check the shutter speed. I've missed a few moments, because I was careless when changing from wide to tele. Based on my tests on my 80-200mm CZJ, for hand-held shots and without Stabilization, 135mm is the optimum max focal length. 100mm is a sure winner.

    You may consider the following:
    1. OM Zuiko Auto-T 135mm F/2.8 (weight at 360g)
    2. Canon FD 135mm F/2 or F/2.8 (weight at 395 to 670g)
    3. Nikon Series E 135mm F/2.8 (weight at 395g)
    4. Minolta MD Rokkor-X 135mm F/3.5 (265g)
    5. OM Zuiko Auto-T 135mm F/3.5 (weight at 290g)
    6. Canon FDn 135mm F/3.5 (weight at 325g)
    7. Konika Hexanon 135mm F/3.5 (weight at 350-425g)

    Buying Legacy Glass is like a Very Good Journey. I enjoyed the "researching part" for a tele-lens and the impatient wait for a suitable lens to appear on line. Above order was as per my preference, when I was hunting. Then a Komine made M42 Vivitar 135mm F/2.8 appeared for USD 14 on an auction (poor description by seller), I bid and won. It is cute on the NEX, might weigh less than 400g, survived a drop from about 7ft height and I am happy with it. Good luck with your buy.
     
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  11. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jul 30, 2013
    Finally after a load of research i decided to get the Sigma 70-210mm f/4.5 K- II lens. It's my first push pull type lens and it just got delivered yesterday.

    7boQ35d.

    Suggestions needed on how I can test this out in terms of image clarity etc
     
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  12. pvp_victor

    pvp_victor TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 24, 2013
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    Vijay
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  13. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    So how do you like the push/pull thing.

    I bought one lens with it and it drove me nuts.
     
  14. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jul 30, 2013
    Well it creeps a little, that's irritating me a little. Other than that its pretty cool, no more fiddling with multiple rings, just use the same one for both zooming and focusing, much faster too
     
  15. Damovich

    Damovich TalkEmount Regular

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    Jun 6, 2014
    I also have one push/pull lens, a Nikon NIkkor 80-200mm f4.5 (pre-ai), and though its sharp and full of contrast I dont care for the push/pull action, it feels a bit weird in comparison to twist-zooming, though its not creeping anywhere.
     
  16. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jul 30, 2013
    That weird feeling is the first thing I encountered, but once you get used to it it's a lot quicker.
     
  17. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

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  18. Damovich

    Damovich TalkEmount Regular

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    Jun 6, 2014
    Another amazing ('sleeper') lens from the looks of it, really nice (perhaps you want to add the pictures to the "Sample images" ?).
     
  19. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jul 30, 2013
    Well it looks good till now, the the funny thing was that it had barely 2-3 reviews on the net... seems the interwebs are only obsessed with the beercan :) . What sample images do I add this to? would love to put something online that makes things easier for future buyers of this lens.
     
  20. Damovich

    Damovich TalkEmount Regular

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    Jun 6, 2014
    What I meant was the "Sample images" showcase, its the lens-database if you will. You can add another topic there and add sample photo's taken with the lens, preferrably a few of the best you have up untill now.
     
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