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iullian 6:57am, 25 November 2011
Let's find out what is our favourite Minolta lens that we're ussualy using on our Sony DSLR.

My Minolta lenses are 35-70 F4 (mini beercan) and 100-200 F4.5 on my A580. These are my lowbudget Minolta lens ussually carried around with me.
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rogerp 5 years ago
35-200mm xi

Both excellent on FF
R Paz 5 years ago
85mm f1.4,
50mm f1.4, 100mm macro, 28-75mm D, 28-135mm,
trainerKEN. PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by trainerKEN. (member) 5 years ago
My Konica Minolta 17-35mm f2.8-4 is on my a900 most of the time.

Stevenston Harbor, Vancouver BC
Kai Eiselein 5 years ago
80-200 HS G.
It never comes off, I only change the lenses on my other bodies lol!
phοtοcraft 5 years ago
Since I got the beercan in the summer I've used it more than any other lens, and not just because it's the 'new toy'.
Beer_Stalker 5 years ago
I have 17-35/2.8-4, 28-75/2.8, 50/1.7, 70-210/4 & 100-200/4.5.

The 17-35 is fantastic on FF.
parv. Posted 5 years ago. Edited by parv. (member) 5 years ago
One of ...

35 mm f/2;
50 mm f/1.7;
80-200 mm f/2.8 HS

... would be on Sony A700 when Tamron 90 mm f/2.8 is not.

Then I also have ...

24-50 mm f/4;
70-210 mm f/3.5-4.5;
100-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 APO

... which I have not used in a long while. The f/4 zoom lens is horrible in terms of chromatic aberration and sharpness till f/8, which renders it useless for me.
Art_of_Seeing [deleted] 5 years ago
recommend the 200 f2.8 APO, stunning sharpness. otherwise i fancy the beercans, besides zeiss glass.
Andreas Lööf PRO 5 years ago
I have three Minolta lenses: 50/1.7, 100/2.8 macro and 35-70/4. I´m very happy with the sharpness that ecpecially the 100- and 50-mm lenses deliver. I´m thinking of buying the 200/2.8, does anyone no what would be a resonable price?
Terry Hollis PRO 5 years ago
These are both FF lenses that I mostly use for wildlife ..

Minolta AF 75-300mm f4.5-5.6 D lens
Minolta AF 500mm f8 SAL reflex lens
Arkku PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Arkku (admin) 5 years ago
Konica-Minolta 17-35mm f/2.8-4
Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm f/1.7 (crossed-XX version)
Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4 (beercan)
Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2 (converted to A-mount)
Minolta MC Tele Rokkor-PF 135mm f/2.8 (converted to M42 mount)

The 17-35mm has been pretty much replaced by the Samyang 14mm f/2.8, though, and the 50mm f/1.7 I tend to use only on the A100 (as I have the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for the rare occasions when I want autofocus, and over a dozen manual focus lenses between 50 and 58 mm, and I like several of them better than the AF lenses).

The beercan I haven't used in ages, so I should probably sell it, but it's the only long AF lens I have so I've been keeping it in case I “need” something like that.
GaryDavidson 5 years ago
only got two - a 50mm1.7 and a 100-200mm f4.5
Spencer Bowman Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Spencer Bowman (member) 5 years ago
most of my lenses are Minolta, from my Minolta 7000 ('80s)

KM 17-35 2.8-4 (always on)
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Minolta 135mm 2.8
Minolta 70-210 f4 (beercan).. i love beer !

i love my Minolta lenses, i would like to invest in a Zeiss lens when i finally pay for my a850. : )

not sure if this is best example, but,.. 70-210
_Eric.R_ Posted 5 years ago. Edited by _Eric.R_ (member) 5 years ago
75-300 D
autocara64b 5 years ago
AF 28mm
AF 50mm
AF 24-50mm
AF 28-85mm
AF 35-70mm
AF 100-200mm
AF 70-210mm
AF 75-300mm
AF 100mm Macro

All on the A900, beside the 75-300, they are all very sharp. The 75-300 is good, but not as sharp as the 70-210, eventually I will replace the 75-300 for the Sony 70-400.
LonniePease 5 years ago
50mm 1.7

the 100-300mm is nice but doesn't see much use. I like it but I am usually too close to use it.
YIM Hafiz PRO 5 years ago
I have Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm f/1.7, AF 50mm F/2.8 Macro and AF 28mm f/2.8. Of these I use the 50mm f/2.8 macro most of the time on my a300 as it is very sharp.

I'm not satisfied with the image quality produced by the AF 28mm.
wwu124 PRO 5 years ago
I agree with your comment on the comparison between 50/2.8 Macro and 28/2.8. The 28/2.8 is of course no match to the 50/2.8 in sharpness. Excluding the Macro lenses (100mm and 50mm), the 28/2.0, 35/2.0, and 100/2.0 are in a different league in terms of sharpness. These three lenses are sharp wide open. The 20/2.8, 24/2.8, and 28/2.8 are good but the f/2.0 series is far better.
phοtοcraft 5 years ago
The 28mm f/2.8 is widely regarded as one of the worst minolta primes out there in terms of sharpness.
I used to have one but still found it was satisfactory with colour reproduction and generally a smooth/creamy bokeh.
wwu124 PRO 5 years ago
The 100/2.0 at f/2.0 is at least as sharp as the 100/2.8 Macro at f/2.8, if not sharper.

I used the 28/2.8 during the time I was using films. But since turning digital in 2005, for a few years used the 20/2.8 for church large group pictures. But now I use my 28/2.0 and set my camera farther away. The result, in terms of sharpness, is far better than those produced by 20/2.8 or the wide end of the 16-35/2.8 ZA. Yes, I am serious, it is far better than 16-35/2.8 ZA, believe it or not.
Kettle Creek Images 5 years ago
AF 50mm
AF 28-80mm
AF 28-100mm
AF 35 -70mm macro
AF 70 -210mm
have many but the 70-210 f4 beercan is my current fave .. love the bokeh ..
Kevin_Barrett PRO 5 years ago
Jackobo 5 years ago
AF 28mm F2.8
AF 70-210mm F4.5-5.6

I need a better tele zoom.
Blackriver Images Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Blackriver Images (member) 5 years ago
Still use my Minolta 35-70mm f/4 "Mini Beercan" fairly frequently on my A850.

Alan Gillam PRO 5 years ago
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Minolta 17-35mm
Minolta 28-135mm F4-4.5
Minolta 100 f2.8 Macro
My favourite is the 28-135 at f8 it is as sharp as anything available.
reodonnell 5 years ago
28-85 nice and sharp and like the macro switch.
50mm macro - wickedly sharp, but I wish it was the 100mm for the working distance.

I just sold the beercan because I haven't used it since I got the 70-400G.
Asiri Godage PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Asiri Godage (member) 5 years ago
Minolta AF 50 F1.7 RS
Minolta AF 35-70 F4 (Small-Beercan)
Minolta AF 70-210 F4 (Beercan)
Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 (Big-Beercan)
Minolta AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 35-105 F3.5-4.5 N
Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro

Some examples of my photo's with these lenses are here .

P.S. Just worked out how much I spent in purchasing these lenses (used) over the past three years. A little over $1000.00 (AUD.)

Now, that's what I call value.
kinekt 5 years ago
Minolta 28-80
Minolta 35-105
Minolta 35-70 (removed the front element.....modified for macro)
Minolta 3600 HSD wireless flash

Here's what the modified 35-70 can produce....

Supa Fly Strikes Back
1Alan_M 5 years ago
Minolta 28m f2.8 (hardly use it now)
Minolta 28-80mm xi (use this even less as it was a kit lens)
Minolta 100-200mm f4.5 (insanely sharp but slow focussing and long minimum focus distance)
Minolta 70-210mm f4 (beercan, nuff said)
santanu nandy PRO 5 years ago
Only one and the best- Minolta 600f4 APO G. Gold standard in lens optics.

Goodness me, I am lost!!
saxbike54 PRO 5 years ago
20mm f2.8
35mm f2
50mm f3.5 Macro
50mm f1.7
100mm f2

I find all of these to be exceptional lenses. The 35mm gets the most use by far. I just like the perspective and field of view on this lens. I also have the 28-135mm and 100-200mm zooms from the old days and a 35-70mm and a 35-105mm that are the RS versions. I used to like the 35-105 on the a700, but find it quite lacking on the a850. The 100-200mm is a great little lens but I use the Sony 70-300mm when I need tele range.
LivingInParadise 5 years ago
My most often used is 100/2.8 macro
Also 50/1.7
Number 1. is MAF 28mm f/2. Even though I love the SAL 50 f/1.4 this one is almost always on the camera.

Number 2. is beercan.
vic pellicier 5 years ago
50 1.7 and the mighty beercan.
twystinme 5 years ago
50MM/1.7 is the way to go. I didn't need the flexibility of a zoom, I would leave this lens on my camera all the time.
jd_shotz PRO 5 years ago
I've got:

80-200/2.8 HS

All are good. The 24/2.8 tends to live on my a55 and the 80-200/2.8 is my favourite lens on the a850.
!Shot by Scott! 5 years ago
Funny thing is I still have all my old minolta glass but i dont tend to use it any more. its just that i cant bring my self to sell it
iullian 5 years ago
A question for Kinekt:
About the AF hack for the macro... I already made it. But what about the removing the front element? Can you be more specific, please?
alanscottphotography 5 years ago
50mm 1.7
100mm 2.8
Michael McGaha PRO 5 years ago
Just click on the lens for shots I've uploaded with each lens.

28mm f/2.8 - Sits on my shelf. Rarely used, but not because it's not a good lens... it's just not so much better than my Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 EX DG to warrant switching it out.

50mm f/1.7 - This is in my bag about half the time. I use it more than the 28mm, but not as much as I used to use it. Great when I need the low light and the 50mm is the right focal length. This is my favorite Minolta prime lens.

28-85mm f/3.5-4.5mm Macro - I sold this lens when I sold my A200 and I REALLY wish I hadn't. I'm on the lookout for another one any time I'm near a pawn shop. This is my favorite Minolta zoom lens.

35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 - This is a nice little zoom, but not really sharp enough for everyday use, in my opinion. It's perfect on my aps-c sensor cameras for portraits, and the softness doesn't really affect much.

I've also had the Minolta 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6, but it was so soft as to be almost unusable. Anyway... there is my list.
Deutero 5 years ago
50mm f/1.7
70~210mm f/4 (beercan)
my next purchase is mostly the 28~135mm f/4~4.5 as a walk around lens on my a580, what do you guys think?
A Happy PaPa 5 years ago
I now own two great budget telephoto lens :

100-200 f4.5
75-300 New f4.5-5.6 (i.e. the 2nd generation)

Used to have Minolta 24-85 old but just sold and replaced by Sony 16-105, which is sharper, has better range yet still keeps the Minolta colour.
TC Angel 5 years ago
50mm f/1.7
70~210mm f/4 (beercan)
trh51 PRO 5 years ago
My most used Minolta lens is an orginal crossed xx 28-135.
24 F2.8 crossed xx
50 F1.4 or F 1.7 both crossed xx when I don't want to use a flash indoors.
I have all of the crossed x Minolta lenses, (except for the 300mm F2.8) but these are the only ones I use.
On rare occasions I will break out my "beercan" or the 35-70
Borsia 5 years ago
I hardly ever use anything but my old Minolta glass.
35-70 f4
135 f2.8
70-210 (beer can) photos are taken at 1/400 ISO 640
butterfly-wo-flk-1 by Borsia
Taken from 15'
blue-&-yellow-bird-flk by Borsia
taken from 100'
both hand held

Because I move frequently it isn't practical to have a huge kit like I did years ago. Weight is a major factor these days when traveling for extended stays.
The Minolta lenses are built like tanks they never fail.
I only have one Sony lens, the kit 18-70, which isn't a good lens and I plan to get rid of next time i'm in the states.
Ianmac24 5 years ago
I use a 1988 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 and am very happy with it - beats the sony 18-70mm kit lens hands down. I know it's not a "classic" beercan mini, but compared to newer lenses its very solid, sharp and nice colours.

Having recently had a sigma 70-300mm APO break down on me, I am considering a classic 70-210mm beercan - reluctant to get the sigma fixed for the cost of a beercan!
Asiri Godage PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Asiri Godage (member) 5 years ago
Family photo

Minolta lenses
orbed PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by orbed (member) 5 years ago
Getting more into MF lenses but I love my AF 50 1.7 and even the plasticky 28-80.
Mick J G 5 years ago
Minolta 50mm F1.7
Minolta 70-210 F4 Beercan
Both given to me recently, the beercan is hardly off the camera at the moment...
ic3ny 5 years ago
50 f1.7
24-50 f3.5-4.5
28-85 f3.5-4.5 dropped this one 2 weeks ago :(
35-105 f3.5-4.5 tack sharp but the MFD is not so great
100-200 f3.5-4.5
Matt H. Imaging PRO Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Matt H. Imaging (member) 5 years ago
Minolta AF 70-210mm F4 Beercan
Minolta AF 500mm F8 Reflex
Konica-Minolta CL49-200 Close-up Lens
Cosmic Enterprises Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Cosmic Enterprises (member) 5 years ago
Recently bought:

50 1.7
50 2.8 macro
35 - 70 f4
70 - 210 f4
75 - 300 BBC

Out of all of these, the 50 2.8 is used a lot due to great macro and extreme sharpness.

The beercan has surprised me and is simply my favourite from them all.

I have not had a chance to use the BBC yet, but does seem softer than the Beercan. Waiting for better weather to take it out.

The 35 - 70 is also highly sharp, and makes excellent portraits and is super light.

I paid just over 500 CHF for the lot. I do not use my sony lenses now (18 - 250, 18 - 70, also tamron 17 - 50 which still sees some use)

The Minoltas are just heaps of fun, and the best colour and bokeh.
Minolta 70-210 mm f4 Beercan.
Koboron 60-300mm F5.6 made under Minolta license. $50.00 U.S. in a pawn shop.
On an a300
Eddie Morris PRO 4 years ago
All Minolta lens...
70-210 f4 beercan
50 f1.7
28-85 f3.5-f4.5 (surprisely great lens)
300 f4 HS APO
80-200 f2.8 HS APO
would love to have a 600 f4
Barringtonsworld 4 years ago
My Beercan has a mysterious crack appear on the inside of the glass ? Strange..... No Idea how it got on the inside of all places. I am absolutely gutted.

Now I am hunting for a new one. I have a 'big beercan' in sight on an auction site.

Anyone used it? If so how does it perform in your opinion
photobuf PRO Posted 4 years ago. Edited by photobuf (member) 4 years ago
I no longer use any of the original Minolta lenses that I had when I started with Sony with the A-100. I sold them all over time, and now just use current digital lenses. Loved the build, but hated some of the quirks I encountered at times. Most were very strongly built, and quite sharp for lenses that were not 'G' lenses. Think I used about 6 or 7 Minolta lenses over the years.
Barringtonsworld 4 years ago
I am thinking to get a G lens but not sure. I am going to a Camera expo at the weekend so I hope they have some there to look at.
paulinuk99999 - just no time :( PRO Posted 4 years ago. Edited by paulinuk99999 - just no time :( (member) 4 years ago
100mm macro.
My photo tutor was a Minolta fanboy so I kept with my Contax RTS and Zeiss gear :)
crysania4 Posted 4 years ago. Edited by crysania4 (member) 3 years ago
I have a handful of them.

50mm f/1.7
135mm f/2.8
28mm f/2.8

My favourites are definitely the 50mm and the 135mm.
bunniebray 4 years ago
70-210mm f4
freddan_6 Posted 4 years ago. Edited by freddan_6 (member) 3 years ago
My favourites are
80-200 f2.8 APO
75-300 f4.5-5.6 big beercan (1986 series)
70-210 F4 beercan (1985 series)
50 f1.4 (1986 series)
35-70 f4 (1985 series)
35-105 f3.5-4.5 (1985 series) - given away
28-75 f2.8 (KM)
24 f2.8

in beteeen not too good, not too bad either
50mm f1.7 (1991) -sold
28-85 f3.5-4.5

the ones I hate and never use
28-80 f4.5-5.6 (1993) -sold
35-80 f4.5-5.6 - with gimmic front protection. my worst lens ever. You can see softness in the viewfinder! (1996) -sold

All my Minolta lenses

edit- added family photo
Kevin -Flushing Michigan Posted 4 years ago. Edited by Kevin -Flushing Michigan (member) 4 years ago
The big beer can is quite a bit softer especially at the 300 end vs the 70-200 f/4

Love the family :D

lens 80-200 HSG f/2.8is a gem I had to search to find mine and love it..

The Minolta metal beercan 70-200 F/4 has some outstanding diffused area or bokeh I would recommend it for anyone doing portrait work on a budget it's only 1 stop away from 2.8 and decently sharp and most the time you end up stopping down the 2.8's to 4/ 4.5 anyway ...

The beercan price is around 100-150 U.S. The next lens 1 stop faster is the 70-200 f/2.8 it costs around $1000 used up to $2000 new If it's a factory brand lens . The point is your paying how much more for 1 stop ? The F/4 is lighter and although it's not as sharp it's pretty sharp (Sharpness isn't important in portraits (women expecially don't like every pore in their face shining through :D)
of course you always have the Tamaron and Sigma that's one stop faster from $700-1400 dollars 70-200 f/2.8 ..

Think about how much your paying for 1 stop is the point 1 measly stop heavier weight and a tad bit more speed and sharpness and the end result no one will know if it was a beercan or a 2000 dollar white lens..
I actually think the beercan has smoother bokeh or diffused area than the 70-200 Sony 2.8 and I haven't done a speed test between the two.. ...

I have alot of Minolta glass and new stuff ..

The Minolta mini beercan metal 35-70 f/4 is a great piece of glass the range is so quirky feeling it ends up being left in a bag .. On a cropped sensor it has the feel of 52.5mm -105mm too long on the short end
Minolta AF 50 f/1.4 Most used
Minolta rokkor 135 f/2.8 manual Most used
Minolta Rokkor 300 f/4.5 manual
Minolta 100 f/2 manual Most used
Minolta HS G AF 80-200 f/2.8 Most used
Minolta AF 70-200 f/4 beercan Most used
Minolta AF 85 f/ 1.4 Most used
Minolta AF 35/70 f/4
Minolta AF 100-200 f/4.5
Minolta AF 35-105 f/4.5

I am not listing more I am tired of typing :D
jorgeaq Posted 4 years ago. Edited by jorgeaq (member) 8 months ago
Using a Minolta 50m / m F1.7 RS, to take macro pictures, along with extension tubes.
Minolta 35-80 zoom not used it because I see that images are not sharp are all as blurred, there is someone that happen with this zoom?
Minolta AF 50/3.5 Macro buy in 8/2012 for 60 euros in secondhand shop
Ben Cooper PRO 4 years ago
I only own one Sony lens - and that's the STF, a Minolta lens with a Sony sticker on it ;-)

Minolta lenses I use include:
70-200/2.8 SSM
500/8 Reflex
3x-1x macro zoom

Did have a Beercan and a 35-105, but they are both on loan to a friend along with my A700...
Masticina Akicta PRO 4 years ago
Mmm lets see

Minolta 50mm 1.7 both the RS as the non RS
The Minolta 35-70mm F4 [so good]
The Minolta 28-85 ..F3,5-F4,5 [not bad not bad]
Oh and a Minolta 70-210, the third variant so kinda cheapish. But it works good :)

Got an Minolta 404 and 505 for analogue photography.
Zachoff1 PRO 4 years ago
Minolta 50mm f/2.8 Macro is my favorite.
Minolta 28mm f/2.8 don't use much since I have the Sony 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM.
Minolta 35-105mm for outdoors when I need to pack light or on my A300 as a backup to A77.
Asiri Godage PRO 4 years ago
Thanks :-)

- I do like the 75-300mm (Big Beercan) mostly for its reach. I cannot complain about the sharpness of the copy I own as can be seen in this photo taken handheld at the longest focal length (which is not the best for most other lenses) and posted straight out of the camera. Minolta "Big Beercan" lens

However, I find that my 70-210mm (Beercan) gets used more often mainly due to its better "lower-light" performance.

A few of my other photo's taken with the 75-300mm can be viewed here.
Lloyd C Nicholls PRO 4 years ago
The only Minolta lens that I own and have used is the 70-210 f4 'Beercan'. Good lens and great build, especially for the price and vintage.
Pat Crew photography Posted 4 years ago. Edited by Pat Crew photography (member) 4 years ago
My colection
AF-35-70 f4
AF-28-85 f3
AF-70-210 f4
50mm f4
Jp.Gomez 4 years ago
50mm F1.7, 50mm f2.8 macro. 70-210 F4-5.6. I want to pick up a 28-105 too because I've heard they are quite sharp. Other than that, using a sony 18-55 and will be picking up a ultra wide, either Tonika 11-16 or Sigma 10-20. Hands down the Minolta 50mm prime is the best bang for my buck so far, outstanding photos...

Yoga shoot by Photos by Christopher Percy

Ducati 1100 Evo by Photos by Christopher Percy
andrek65 PRO 4 years ago
AF 28mm 2.8
AF 50mm 1.7
AF 28-85mm beercan series
AF 35-70mm mini beercan
AF 70-210mm beercan
balacau 4 years ago
AF 28-80mm
AF 70-210mm F4 BeerCan

I hardly ever use the 28-80mm. It has a motorised zoom which I don't much care for.

As for the BeerCan, its a real gem and a pleasure to use despite its fairly hefty weight. As such, I usually use it on my a580.

I was considering a 35-70/4 mini beercan but its wide end wouldn't be wide enough for my needs so there's no point.

Minolta 50 mm 1.7
Minolta 70-210 4.5-5.6 II
Minolta 35-70 "minibeercan"
Minolta 28-135 "Handshake"
Minolta 28-80 4.5-5.6
Panda.* 3 years ago
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
Minolta 35-70 f/4... I don't feel very comfortable with its min. focus distance, but it gave me some very good results, and it's a great walkabout lens
stillshot2 3 years ago
35-70 f4 - sharp as a tack
100-200 f4.5 - great for outdoors and costs very little
orpheusrockr 3 years ago
Minolta AF50/1.7 my favourite. Nice smooth bokeh with crisp focus detail. Fell off the tripod, shattered and crushed the UV filter, dented the front metal and split the plastic lens cone. (Stupid %*&^&(*! slik hex-plate ballhead).
Disassembled front, glued split cone, panel-beat the front metal, reassembled with new UV filter .. Voila!! Good as new.
My wife couldn't stand seeing a grown man cry so she let me buy another the same. So now I have 2!
Also have a Zeiss-Jena 35-70mm / 3.5-4.5 from a Dynax 5000i which I think was made under licence by Minolta. Will advise outcomes of further destructive testing if my new Manfrotto fails.
trainerKEN. PRO Posted 3 years ago. Edited by trainerKEN. (member) 3 years ago
in my first post I said the KM1735.... that's been sold, replaced by the CZ1635. However, last week I picked up a Minolta 80-200mm f2.8 APO G and absolutely LOVE IT. I would say it's now one of my favorite lenses.

Minolta AF 80-200 F2.8 High Speed Apo G
AF 50mm f/1.7
AF 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5
AF 70-210mm f/4 "Beer Can"
tahsin-k PRO Posted 3 years ago. Edited by tahsin-k (member) 3 years ago
100-400 AF APO Minolta, 100-300 AF Minolta,11-17 Minolta,etc.

Sony A700 + minolta AF APO 100-400

RobertsMx PRO 3 years ago
Minolta 200mm f/2.8 G APO HS
18-70 (old kit lens)
Mini Beercan

This was with my 18-200

God's Painted Sky
Havoc315 PRO 3 years ago
50mm 1.7
70-210mm 4 - beercan
50mm 2.8 macro
paolo palmero 3 years ago
Minolta 28-135mm F4-4.5
BrettGV PRO Posted 3 years ago. Edited by BrettGV (member) 7 months ago
35-70mm f/4
70-210mm f/4 beercan
28 - 135mm f/4 - 4.5
50mm f/1.7 AF
100mm f/2.8 Macro
100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO
bunniebray 3 years ago
70-210mm f4
35-105mm f3.5-4.5
50mm f1.7
58mm f1.4 rokker w/MD-A 2x Minolta adapter
wsamland PRO 3 years ago
I've only had my a57 for about a month. Managed to pick up a few lenses reasonably quickly
35-105 f.35-3.5 (just got it today, pretty happy so far)
70-210 4.5-5.6 would like a beercan but is out of my range at the moment
Eddie Morris PRO Posted 3 years ago. Edited by Eddie Morris (member) 3 years ago
Eddie Morris:

4-15-13 Updated list:

28 f2.8
70-210 f4 beercan (great and light weight lower zoom lens)
50 f1.7 (excellent DOF)
28-85 f3.5-f4.5 (surprisely great lens)
28-135 f4-f4.5 (everything I've read about it is true!)
300 f4 HS APO (first prime lens and still a good one)
300 f2.8 HS APO (great lens for BIF despite what others report)
80-200 f2.8 HS APO (love this lens)
SONY 70-400 f4-f5.6 (found this to be a little slow focus on the A700)
600 f4 HS APO (matches up wonderfully with the A77)
A700 (excellent early camera version)
A580 (first DSLR and still a great camera)
A77 (awesome stills, but a little hard latching on a BIF at times)
minolta 1.4X (first edition)
Minolta 2X (first edition)
martin26at071 3 years ago
100mm F2.8 Macro
50mm F1.4
Minolta rokkor 58mm F1.2
35-70 f4
28-135 F4 - F4-5
Looking Glass Images 3 years ago
Cz 24-70/2.8 (technically not a Minolta, but my cams don't seem to mind ;-)
.brianday PRO 3 years ago
35mm f/2.0
50mm f/1.7

Off topic, but I've also discovered the Pentacon Zeiss lenses - awesome stuff.
kurnialim Posted 3 years ago. Edited by kurnialim (member) 3 years ago
Hi, just wanna ask, do all minolta AF lenses can be mount to sony SLT Axxx directly without adapter? I'm planning to buy a Sony SLT because of this minolta lenses. Thanks
WD Quiroz 3 years ago
To my understanding, all of the lens designed for the old Minolta fleet will fit directly to the new Alpha line. I can't think of any exceptions.
!Shot by Scott! 3 years ago

yes all Minolta AF lenses will fit on to your SLT. but some lenses may have compatibility issues when it comes to auto focus or correct exposure, but that said they are limited in numbers and it varies from model to model as to which lenses may have issues. i.e. dragos tested several lenses on a a3* and a 5* (maybe a 77 as well cant remember now) with very mixed results
Hmm, it seems Sony is going to have to work hard to pry our fingers off our Minolta glass!
My AF Minolta lenses are as follows:
85mm f/1.4
50mm f/1.4
50mm f/1.7
70-210 f/4 beercan
35-70mm f/4
I don't really plan on getting any more Minolta lenses as I'm happy with this selection. Although I'm pretty sure I said that a few times before and it's come back to bite me...
Dave L2013 3 years ago
24 f2.8
50 f1.4
50 f1.7 (I like better than the 1.4)
35-105 f3.5
70-210 f4.0

Also 28-85 and a 100-300, they're OK

The 24 is almost always on, and the 35-105 I use for headshots all the time.
Of course beercan = awesome
Sony a350 with Minolta 24mm f2.8
jscotcha 3 years ago
I use a 35-105. 70-210, and a 500mm.

Took this a couple of days ago with the 500mm hand held slight breeze.

Wld flowers
MedicineMan4040 PRO 3 years ago
Minolta HS G AF 80-200 f/2.8 lives on the Sony A77.
Minolta G 200mm prime and the LAEA2 adapter lives on the Nex-7.
glundubh [deleted] 3 years ago
28-80 f3.5-5.6 don't like it, never use it
50 f1.7 love this one (xx)
35-70 f4 re-discovering this little lens
70-210 f4 love this one too (xx)
70-210 f3.5-4.5 why use this when you have the beercan
75-300 D f4.5-5.6 used to use it before the beercan came along, still once in a while for the reach
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