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 Post subject: Minolta 50mm f/1.7 MD
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:29 pm 
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I'm looking for portrait lens. Sony original costs around £110 to £140, but Minolta is available for about £30 on ebay + £30 for MD to MA adopter.
I've heard MF is better for portraits.

So which one to buy, is it worth to pay more for sony lens?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:48 pm 
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anyone? :?

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Obviously not many here with knowledge of that specific lens.
But on one thing I can comment: I personally wouldn't want MF esp. with a large aperture lens - unless I have a micro-prism and/or split-prism viewfinder screen. On my D300 screen I wcouldn't hope to get half of the shots right with MF and a 50/1.4 or 50/1.8 :(

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Thanks. I found Minolta 50mm F1.7 sony fit with AF. So which would be better in this case? Original or Minolta? :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:36 am 
hi hunker
I have no experience with the 50 1.7 MD lens.
However, I have bought a couple of cheap M42 and tamron adaptall lenses which I have tried to use with my a580 (using adapters of course) but with unhappy results.

I have a minolta 50 1.7 AF, which I bought through ebay, and I'm extremely satisfied with it. To me, changing from f3.5 in the kit-lens to a f1.8 was the next best thing after buying the slr :wink:

To continue with what Thomas said, you'll be using a 1.8 for low light situations, and for a shallow depth of field, and in both cases, i find that the extra help by the camera via AF is extremely helpful. And you always have the MF function available if you want to.


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Thanks ivandegi. You gave me answer i was looking for. :!:
You are totally right about having AF, you can choose, but if you got only MF then have to live with it. And after all, it's just about 20 quid more then MD mount.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 6:50 pm 
ive got both! get the AF its well worth the extra pennys. think i picked mine up off ebay for about £90 used, got some amazing shots with it, especially of my baby nephew when hes playing with toys ect. i found with the m42 its just a pain with getting the exposure right and manual focus. by the time you have messed about youve lost the pefect shot.


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