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Konica Minolta AF DT 18-200mm F/3.5 – 6.3 Review

Here’s a brief look at the Konica Minolta DT 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 zoom lens.  Scroll down for the review. Lens Konica Minolta DT 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 zoom lens Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood and users manual. Cost $499 retail, but much cheaper when purchased in a kit. Build quality Good Additional information
Plastic lens mount.  Optically identical to the Sony…

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Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod and 410 Geared Head Review

Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod and Manfrotto 410 geared head

 

This is a quick review of the relatively small and lightweight Manfrotto 055XPROB (new version now called MT055XPRO3) tripod, along with the Manfrotto 410 (formerly 3275) geared head.

 

Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod Manfrotto 410 geared head

 

The combination tripod and head is available as a B&H Photo kit, …

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Manfrotto 058B Tripod and 222 Joystick Head Review

Manfrotto 058b (formerly 3251) tripod and Manfrotto 222 (formerly 3265) joystick head

 

This is a review of the big and heavy Manfrotto 058b tripod, and light but handy Manfrotto 222 joystick head.

 

Manfrotto 058B tripod Manfrotto 222 Joystick head

 

 

The Manfrotto 058B tripod is marketed at medium and large format photographers working in the …

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Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4 Review

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4 telephoto zoom lens.  Scroll down for the main review. Lens Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4 Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood, nice hardcase and users manual. Cost $229 retail in the 1980s, now hundreds available on eBay for less or more than that depending on condition. Build quality Very good…

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Minolta AF 17-35mm F/3.5 G Review

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 17-35mm F/3.5 G  lens.  Scroll down for the main review. Lens Minolta AF 17-35mm F/3.5 G  Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood, hard case and users manual. Cost $1000-$1500 used price at the time of this review. Build quality Very good Additional information
Don’t confuse this lens with the much less…

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Minolta AF 24-50mm F/4 Review

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 24-50mm F/4  zoom lens.  Scroll down for the main review. Lens Minolta AF 24-50mm F/4 Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood, and users manual. Cost In the range of $110-$160 used. Build quality Good Additional information
Frequently found on eBay. Specifications below
Optical configuration 7 elements in 7 groups Angle of

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Minolta AF 24mm F/2.8 Review

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 24mm F/2.8 lens.  Scroll down for the review. Lens Minolta AF 24mm F/2.8 Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood and users manual. Cost $150-$250 used on eBay Build quality Very good Additional information
Full frame and no Sony equivalent yet. Specifications below
Optical configuration 8 elements in 8 groups Angle of

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Minolta AF 28-70mm F/2.8 G Review

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 28-70mm F/2.8 G  zoom lens.  Scroll down for the main review. Lens Minolta AF 28-70mm F/2.8 G Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood, case and users manual. Cost Current eBay prices run between $750-$1000.  Check prices here. Build quality Very good Additional information
Also consider the Konica Minolta AF 28-75mm F/2.8

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