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Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by alaios, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. alaios

    alaios TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2013
    Düsseldorf
    Alex
    Hi all I am a happy happy owner of a minolta 28-85mm 3.5-4.5 lens and I found this to be a great lens!
    I was wondering if there are some alternatives at longer focal lengths (I guess focal lengths up to 200mm would suffice) so to have one lens for traveling (perhaps I will only pack one prime lens). Lightweight it might be also an interesting feature, or perhaps bit more compact in size.

    What do you have in mind in prices below 300 euros?

    Regards
    Alex
     
  2. f/otographer

    f/otographer TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 20, 2013
    You are asking for several mutually exclusive features in one lens, like...

    200mm
    a 'one zoom to rule them all' type lens
    lightweight
    compact

    Not many options out there that will fill all those criteria. You might look at the following Tamron Adaptall lenses. Very nice optical and build quality while remaining somewhat more compact then most zooms of the era. You can get just about any old lens mount for them due to the magic of Adaptall.

    http://adaptall-2.org/lenses/20A.html

    http://adaptall-2.org/lenses/46A.html

    I love Tamron adaptall lenses. With a CY adaptall mount I can use them on my CY speedbooster with all my other Yashica ML glass. I have used the 17a, the 52b and the 159a.

    Find out more about all the adaptalls available here. http://adaptall-2.org/ Generally look at the Adaptall 2 and the SP Adaptall 2 lenses. Some good stuff there. Here are some of my past examples.

    17a
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    52b
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    159a (This lens is probably the smallest 28-70mm ever made. Its almost the same size as my Yashica ML Macro 55/ prime lens. It has a dinky build quality but open it up slightly and optical quality is top notch. A really handy built in macro at 70mm as well. You wont find it listed on the Adaptall site, but it is a later version of the 44a, but smaller and cheaper.)
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  3. alaios

    alaios TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2013
    Düsseldorf
    Alex
    Hi
    thanks for the answer and sharing me these nice shots. I think tamron are indeed better for travelling. I am not sure how their quality differs from their respective Minoltas.

    Regards
    Alex