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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 every few …

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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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Minolta AF 28-85mm F/3.5-4.5

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 28-85mm F/3.5-4.5  zoom lens.  Scroll down for the main review. Lens Minolta AF 28-85mm F3.5-/4.5 Box contents
Front and rear caps, hood, and users manual. Cost Available on eBay for around $100, depending on condition. Build quality Good, to very good Additional information
This is the original mid 1980s model, the newer…

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Minolta AF 28-135mm F/4-4.5 Review

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 28-135mm F/4-4.5  zoom lens.  Scroll down for the main review. Lens Minolta AF 28-135mm F4-/4.5 Box contents
Front and rear caps, users manual, no hood came with this lens. Cost Available on eBay at the time of this review for around $350, depending on condition. Build quality Good, to very good Additional

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