Hi David,

The older metal bodied lenses with the metal Mounts are far better than the newer plastic bodied lenses, which were made during the transition between Minolta and Konica, who now owns the company, I have been shooting Minolta for work for about 25 years now, and recently tried one of the newer non G lenses and it died after about a month, and they would not honor the warrantee, due to the clause that non-pro use only, if you want to purchase the G lenses they will honor the warrantee. Also, we have noticed the coatings are not the same for color rendition and flare in the newer lenses with the plastic bodies as they were with the older metal bodied lenses.

If you need more info, please let me know, I can pretty much let you know what is good and what is not so good in the Minolta lines.

Dave Parker
Satin Snow Ground Glass