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What minolta should I buy?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by weirdo, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. weirdo

    weirdo TalkEmount Rookie

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    Oct 7, 2014
    Looking for a zoom and been looking at the 35-70. Either the 3.5 or the 4.0. Which one is the best? Using it on a A7.
     
  2. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    I use the 35-70/3.5 macro quite a lot on my 5n and it's wonderful. I especially like the ability to get close. It's prime sharp at 35 and 50 and softens up a bit at 70. You might also consider the 24-50/4 although they're a bit tougher to find. Here's an example:

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  3. f/otographer

    f/otographer TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 20, 2013
    I would go with the f/3.5 version. This lens is one of the ones that Leica actually bought from Minolta and had it rebadged as one of their own R lenses for use on R mount Leica camera. Those cameras were also developed in conjunction with Minolta as well. Seriously, there is no difference between the Minolta 35-70/3.5 and the Leica R version, except for external design. But the Leica version sells for hundreds more because its a 'Leica'. If it was good enough for Leica....

    Oh, and in case you dont have this reference page....
    http://minolta.eazypix.de/lenses/index.html
     
  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    I think OP's referring to the AF version of the lenses since there never was an MD 35-70 f/4
     
  5. f/otographer

    f/otographer TalkEmount Regular

    196
    Aug 20, 2013
    Derp. Must be having a senior moment. The good new is the older MD lens will work nicely on the a7 as well..... :)
     
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  6. weirdo

    weirdo TalkEmount Rookie

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    Oct 7, 2014
    Thanks! Will try to find it on ebay. Is there a big difference between the one with macro and the one without? I would prefer the former but cant find it.
     
  7. dixeyk

    dixeyk TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 18, 2012
    Bellingham . WA
    Kevin
    I find the one with the macro to be a lot more useful but I tend to like to get close to stuff. As far as I understand the lens quality is similar.
     
  8. weirdo

    weirdo TalkEmount Rookie

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    Oct 7, 2014
    Bought the 35-70 3.5 macro. Is there any1 who used close-up filters? How does they fare on this lens?