March 21 2009 - Photo Jottings

March 21 2009


I’ve been busy, though you wouldn’t know it by the lack of updates.  I’m finishing the next lens review, which will be the Minolta AF 28-85mm F/3.5-4.5.  Here’s a tip; it’s a real yawner!  That’s all I’m going to say for now.  It should be complete and posted by mid-week.  There is a bright point of light in the future; the Sony 135mm F/2.8 [4.5] STF, which I’m also finishing up on.  This lens really lives up to it’s reputation, and promise.  Look for that review by the first week of April.

If you’re thinking of getting a used lens off of eBay, now is the time.  Prices are dirt cheap on Sony kit-type lenses, such as the DT 55-200mm, and 75-300mm, both occasionally can be purchased using “buy it now” for less than $100.  I saw a “like new in the box” Sony 300mm F/2.8 G sell for $3800.  They usually go for over $5000.  The Sony 70-300mm G can be bought for less than $600 if you play your cards right.  This usually means winning an auction that ends in the middle of the night, or early Saturday or Sunday morning, that’s how you get bargains.

The lens price guide page has been updated.  I added the two new Sony lenses, some accessories, and a couple of Minolta lenses.  All prices are up-to-date as of right now!

If you’re wondering what happened to updates from other months, I removed them from the home page and put them in the Home page archives.

If everything goes well, I should be able to get the Sony 35mm F/1.4 G reviewed by mid-April.  I’m still trying to figure out how to get my hands on the two new Sony lenses in the most cost effective
way possible.  Donations really come in handy for the expensive lens reviews, where I usually rent the lens.  My plan is to have both reviewed by the end of April, or the first part of May, let’s hope so.  I want to know how they perform just as much as other people!

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