I am watching this thread as I picked up a Minolta XE-7 recently with a MC Rokkor 50 f1.4. I have a 28 Rokkor and a 135 Tele Rokkor on the way. I love this camera and I am resisting the urge to get an SRT 201. I don't need another body (famous last words).
"Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and a while, you might just miss it."
I'm not exactly sure--one that would "cover" between my 55 -200mm fixed lenses I've got now. Is there such an 'animal'?
The Vivitar Series 1 70-210 f/3.5 or the f/2.8-4.0. Here's some info about them. The first three are all excellent lenses and they all have macro capabilities. They're sorta "cult classics," too. Great optics and undervalued.
I yoosta have a Minolta 75-150 f/4.0 which was pretty decent for a zoom, too, but not quite up to the Series 1. I'm sure there are others, and the prices on eBay are GREAT now. In fact, with the prices the way they are, it's hard to go wrong! I've seen the Series 1's go for $25! If you don't like it, flip it for a profit.