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Best Low-Light Lenses for Sony

This recommended page lists lenses that I believe work well at F/2.8 or faster, and are typically used hand-held in low light, so no big lenses like the 70-200mm or 300/2.8.  I’m only listing lenses that I’ve reviewed, owned and/or have used extensively in low light.  A lens that gets a thumbs up here has to perform very well in

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Dirty Lens

Equipment used for this article; the Sony A900 and Minolta AF 28-85mm F/3.5-4.5 lens.

 

Here’s a typical scene from a tourist trap destination, usually somewhere in the southern US: an older guy wearing sandals, dress socks and a Madras or Guayabera shirt, carrying around a Nikon or Leica camera outfit and taking snapshots at high noon.  After …

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Konica Minolta AF 17-35mm F/2.8-4 (D) Review

Here’s a brief look at the Konica Minolta AF 17-35mm F/2.8-4 (D) lens.  Scroll down for the review. Lens Konica Minolta AF 17-35mm F/2.8-4 (D) Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood, and a users manual. Cost $250-$300 on eBay Build quality Good Additional information
No longer produced and no Sony equivalent yet. Specifications below
Optical configuration 14 elements in…

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Konica Minolta AF 28-75mm F/2.8 (D) Review

Here’s a brief look at the Konica Minolta AF 28-75mm F/2.8  (D) zoom lens.  Scroll down for the main review. Lens Konica Minolta AF 28-75mm F/2.8 (D) Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood and users manual. Cost Current eBay prices run between $350-$450.  Check prices here. Build quality Good Additional information
Check out the similar Sony 28-75mm F/2.8 Sam

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Konica Minolta AF DT 11-18mm F/4.5 – 5.6 Review

Here’s a brief look at the Konica Minolta DT 11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 zoom lens.  Scroll down for the review. Lens Konica Minolta DT 11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 zoom lens Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood and users manual. Cost $649 retail Build quality Good Additional information
Good lens, but check out the Sigma 10-20mm too. Specifications below
Optical configuration 15 elements in…

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Konica Minolta AF DT 18-70mm F/3.5 – 5.6 Review

Here’s a brief look at the Konica Minolt AF DT 18-70mm F/3.5-5.6 zoom lens.  Scroll down for the review. Lens Konica Minolta AF DT 18-70mm F/3.5-5.6 zoom lens Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood and users manual. Cost $199 retail by itself, or $100 as part of kit. Build quality OK to Good Additional information
Same as Sony DT…

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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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