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Re-visiting Minolta AF lenses

Do you really want to spend $10,000 USD on a few good lenses to put on your $3000 full frame body?  If you're going to buy the 35/1.4 Zeiss, 50/1.4 Zeiss, 85/1.4 GM, 24-70/2.8 GM and 70-200/2.8 GM lenses, plan on spending just that!

I'm not going to spend that much, even though I run a photography business and can afford to buy every lens in the Sony line-up.  Why would I not buy the best lenses  since I do use the equipment every day?  Well, because I don't think it's necessary. I've never needed more than about 24mp for any finished work, and after re-visiting my images from almost 10 years ago, I honestly can hardly tell the differences from a brand new expensive 'e' mount Zeiss lens from many of the old Minolta AF lens I used and reviewed years ago; so I've decided to go back and dig through some of my test shots and see which lenses I can recommend for the new Sony Mirrorless high megapixel cameras.  The first lens I re-visited was the Minolta AF 135/2.8, see the post below.

Currently there are some big holes in the Sony 'e' mount line-up, and I'll be covering those areas first; so stay tuned for more Minolta AF lens recommendations!

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Revised Minolta AF 135mm F/2.8 review

Tired of paying thousands of dollars for the new 'GM' and Zeiss lenses from Sony?  I am!!!  It's getting freakin ridiculous!  Let's begin to re-visit some of the old Minolta AF lenses and see if we can get some bargains.

I've updated the Minolta AF 135mm F/2.8 review by adding some full resolution shots from the A900 and A580 cameras, go to the bottom of the review and click on the yellow tabs for each camera.

This little lens will fully function on the latest Sony mirrorless camera with these adapters, even auto focus!  This Minolta 135/2.8 offers outstanding performance for the price, eBay runs around $100-$300 USD depending on condition.

When I looked at the full size images a few days ago, I was surprised at  how good this lens performed overall.  It works surprisingly well at F/4, (it can handle a high megapixel sensor), very sharp with only a little color fringing, almost no distortion, and did I mention it's cheap?

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Kodak Moment #4

Here’s another addition to our “Kodak” moments portfolio; brought to you by Kodak Gold color negative film from the early 2000s. For the second time the subject is a home in Charlevoix Michigan, (first time here); It’s special in that it was made in a quirky way.  Earl Young, a Realtor who enjoyed photography and architecture, designed …

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Fuji GW690III 90mm F/3.5 Camera Review

Check out my latest camera review for film lovers, this one took me two years to complete(!) It's the companion to the wide angle GSW690III.  Also available in the review are super high res samples!!

If you're looking for a little more resolution than what you're getting from your 35mm film cameras look no further!  The Fuji 'G' 6x9 series cameras are great, with enough resolution for really big prints, or future proofing on the coming 8k screens if you like to scan your pictures and look at them on your computer.

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Watkins Glen State Park 1920s No. 1

Up for close inspection is a nice photograph of Watkins Glen State Park main entrance from the 1920s. I purchased a set of 8 1/2 x 6 1/2″ glass plate negatives off eBay, which included 11 images of the park, this one was probably the first picture, or the last, the others show landmarks along the way up.

I have …

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Pentax ME Super review

Are you looking for a small interchangeable lens 35mm camera that will work without batteries? One that you can actually stick in your pocket with a small lens? Look no further than the excellent Pentax ME Super camera.

This popular model from Pentax was made from the very late 1970s to the mid 1980s, and was probably discontinued due to …

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Polaroid one step; great for budding artists

I'm always glad to see more instant analog cameras coming out, and now we can add the once very popular Polaroid One Step back to the current inventory of cameras that shoot out an image that develops by itself.  Of course there are Zink cameras, but they simply print from the digital camera memory, not from the actual scene or film from the camera; this difference is very important to a real artist.  As Polaroid correctly states on their boxes; It takes a moment and turns it into something you can hold, something you can share, something real!

A minor down side to all this fun; don't get to crazy with the shutter button, it'll cost you north of $2 a shot for good film.

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Me want…..

Cookies!! Quick snap of a prickly pear cactus pad that resembles the cookie monster from Sesame Street!…

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