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Sony and Minolta Off-Camera Flash

This post is seriously outdated.  I no longer use most of the equipment here except occasionally the Sony/Minolta HVL-F56AM flashes.

If you’re thinking of trying out an inexpensive radio controlled flash trigger system for your camera, you’ve come to the right place.  I currently use the radiopopper™ JrX wireless trigger system, and have found it works great, so that’s

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Original and Restyled Lens Differences

Minolta AF 35mm F/2 new or “restyled” version and the Minolta AF 35mm F/2 original version comparison

These two lenses have identical optical designs, but there has been some upgrading to the new or “restyled” version.  The new version gets a better coating on some of the lens glass surfaces to reduce flare and ghosting.  There is a circular aperture…

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Sony/Minolta AF Lens Price Guide

Page last updated in 2012. Due to time constraints, I’m no longer updating this page.  To check the latest selling prices on eBay, put in a search for your item, then go to ‘advanced’ just to the right of the search box.  Once on the advanced page, go down to the ‘search including’ section and check the ‘completed listings’ box,…

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Sony and Minolta DSLR Brochures

Below are links to Sony and Minolta AF lens brochures and pamphlets.  Some are not currently available by Sony for some reason, so I’m offering them here as a convenience.  The pictures of the brochure covers are not linked.


This lens guide lists all available Sony lenses as of 8/09.  It’s available in four different languages.


Click here

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Minolta AF 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 “Big Beercan” Review

Here’s a brief look at the Minolta AF 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6  zoom lens.  Scroll down for the main review.

Lens Minolta AF 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 Box contents
Front and rear caps, users manual, a possible hard-case, and a hood. 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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Minolta 70-210mm Comparison

Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4 (Beercan) and Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5

Comparison at 70mm and 210mm with center, mid-level and corner crops.  The Sony A900 was used for this review. In a nut-shell, the Minolta 70-210mm F/4 is a better lens overall, (including build and image quality), but the smaller and slightly newer variable aperture model is quite good when zoomed…

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