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    Preferred Minolta Maxxum/Dynax Lenses???

    Okay...I know there aren't a huge number of us (Minolta afficionados) out there, but I interested to learn what lenses have shown their mettle, now that Sony is about to put its stamp on the line.

    In particular, I'm interested in the preferred WA, midrange zoom or portrait (35-80) and long lenses (100-300 range).

    I've been disappointed by Sigma, but I have to admit my experience with that brand has been at the low end of their product line.

    So...whattayalike and why?

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    Well I have Started out with SRT101 and still shoot maxxum 9 and 9xi's for work, my favorite lenses are

    28-105xi
    35-105 macro
    20-50 WA zoom, not easy to find
    of course the 50mm f/1.7 is always a favorite, probably the best lens they ever offered
    100-300 APO, this is such an underated lens for what it can do
    70-300 another great lens, not an APO though

    I really in over 25 years of shooting them have never found a dog lens in their line, I also own the 300 f/2.8, 200 f/2.8 and the 600 f/4 for wildlife work and I just sold my 3-1x specialty macro lens, but it was a barnstormer..

    I don't think for the most part, your going to find a bad one, there are regular lenses, but I don't purchase the plastic mount lenses, and have stuck to the metal mounts and such and have alway been happy, I guess it all depends on what your budget is, albeit, you can get some great Maxxum lenses for a fraction of the cost of the other big names, (Nikon, Canon) and you would be hard pressed to show me any difference.

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    I shoot with SRTs, so my lenses are all MC and MD types. Favorites? I guess the 50/1.7 is at the top of my list. The 135/2.8 is a nice one, too. I also like the old Vivitar Series 1 stuff. I have one of the original 70-210's and, despite its weight, most of the time I like to have it with me. I've got a few others, but these are the ones I use the most.

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    I'm guessing that they're all Minolta branded lenses?

    Which AF lens keeps getting attached to your Maxxum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyk49
    I'm guessing that they're all Minolta branded lenses?

    Which AF lens keeps getting attached to your Maxxum?
    99% of the time the 28-105xi or the 35-105 macro is on one of my bodies, if I am shooting any landscape stuff, the 24-50 zoom is on one of them, but the 28-105 or the 35-105 get the most work..I have a few tamrons and sigmas, but the Minoltas get the most amount of work.

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    Oops! Didn't see the "Maxxum/Dynax" part of the thread title. Just saw the word "Minolta." Please ignore!

    (My bad.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob01721
    I shoot with SRTs, so my lenses are all MC and MD types. Favorites? I guess the 50/1.7 is at the top of my list. The 135/2.8 is a nice one, too. I also like the old Vivitar Series 1 stuff.
    Bob:

    I've got plenty of MC and MD fun to share, too..I've got the RokkorX 135/2.8 and I've been spending some time with the 50/1.7; both formerly on my X700, now on my 370s...

    But, my reason for the thread is to find the best one or two values for my 600si...my autofocus experience/reprtoire has been limited....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob01721
    Oops! Didn't see the "Maxxum/Dynax" part of the thread title. Just saw the word "Minolta." Please ignore!

    (My bad.)
    With so few of us (in a Nikon/Canon world), I wouldn't ignore a single one (Minolta user)....feel free to comment anyway.

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    Joey, having recently separated from my beloved Maxxum lenses; here is my angst-filled report.

    50mm f/1.7, 85mm f/1.4 (a beautiful lens); 70-210 f/4 and 135mm f/2.8. I also had the 300mm f/4 and truly loved to shoot with it. Good luck, prices are all over the place with the Sony takeover and all. Scalping seems to be the norm for these best lenses these days. Happy shooting!
    Luke

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    Quote Originally Posted by unohuu
    85mm f/1.4 (a beautiful lens);

    Good luck, prices are all over the place with the Sony takeover and all. Scalping seems to be the norm for these best lenses these days. Happy shooting!
    There is a bit of unsettledness in the Minolta-KonicaMinolta-Sony/Minolta world these days...especially in that other format...

    My self interest in this is that since Minolta has sold out, there may be many users bailing out as well. Some useful Maxxum glass may be showing up on the market and this may prove beneficial to a die hard, like me... Since my Maxxum experience is limited, I hope that that the users here could help guide me toward the winners of the Maxxum lens group...

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