Just one more lens... no really, I promise!

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Just one more lens... no really, I promise!

Postposted on Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:15 am

OK..... So I was happy with my purchase of the Minolta AF-50...... so now I'm thinking I'd like something in the telephoto range. I was looking at another little hole in the wall like camera store (they are the best) and I asked about what he had in the way of Minolta or Alpha mountable lens. He pulled out the only lens he had which so happen to be this one.

http://www.dyxum.com/reviews/lenses/rev ... IDLens=250

Tonika AF 70-210mm/4-5.6 (beer can equiv) and had a price-tag of 95.00 on it if memory serves me right. Just curious the thoughts on this one, I'd talking the guy to 75.00 on it, but someone I think that's not going to happen since he actively sells film cameras to college/high-school photography teachers, ect. The lens itself was immaculate, it didn't appear to have had more than maybe a few shots taken with it, so im not sure I could talk him down any, plus this isn't exactly a pawn shop. Whats the take on this affordable glass looking glass? Having the 18-55 kit lens, the 50/1.7 and this... would adding this tie me over for awhile (id have a general use, portrait/night shot and a telephoto). The only thing missing from that list is Macro and I think i'll do without until much later.
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Re: Just one more lens... no really, I promise!

Postposted on Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:28 am

The Minolta beercan gets better reviews (particularly for image sharpness), has a one-stop larger aperture, and the filter doesn't rotate when you focus (making it easier to use a circular polarizer). However, that's a good low price for an auto-focus telephoto zoom lens. Here are a few at KEH to compare:
http://www.keh.com/Product-Details/1/MA ... 07/FE.aspx
http://www.keh.com/Product-Details/1/MA ... 09/FE.aspx
http://www.keh.com/Product-Details/1/MA ... 09/FE.aspx
http://www.keh.com/Product-Details/1/DS ... 07/FE.aspx
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Re: Just one more lens... no really, I promise!

Postposted on Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:11 am

Some nice pics in the Dyxun link.
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Re: Just one more lens... no really, I promise!

Postposted on Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:41 am

Welch wrote:Tonika AF 70-210mm/4-5.6 (beer can equiv)

Just to nitpick, it's not a "beer can equiv". It's a stop slower where it counts.
JustAnEngineer wrote:However, that's a good price for an auto-focus telephoto zoom lens.
If you want a cheap telephoto to play with, it's a reasonable price. I don't know that it's particularly "good", though. One of the local shops here has an AF Tokina 70-210 of some sort for Minolta mount at around 50 bucks, along with a number of other cheap AF telezooms. It's easy to go cheaper. Whether this one is a good value depends on your budget and needs, and on how well it performs.
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Re: Just one more lens... no really, I promise!

Postposted on Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:39 am

Does the shop have a beercan in its collection? Because that would be a better buy. $95 for a Tokina that sells for €25 on ebay is not a great deal.
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