Best Minolta MD zoom

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Joltinjess, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Joltinjess

    Joltinjess Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 6, 2013
    Port Moody, BC
    Jesse
    I've been pouring over the sample images and other sub forums but still can't decide which lens to get. My local used glass store has Kiron, Komura, Rokinon, Tokina, Vivitar and Minolta lens ranging from $50-$100. The focal length that I'm looking for is somewhere around 70-200mm, I think.

    I have an E-PL1 with a minolta MD adapter already, I know, adapters are cheap but I want to keep things simple and stay with a MD mount. I'm just looking for a lens for shooting wildlife and street life. I think that I'll be mostly hand holding.

    Are there any brands to stay away from? Is 200mm too long for hand holding? I'm not in a huge rush so I have time to search out the best one.

    Thanks.
     
  2. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    Don't get a legacy zoom, find a prime if you want telephoto.
     
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  3. juangrande

    juangrande Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 2, 2012
    COLORADO
    I read somewhere that the 70- 210 Minolta, Vivitar's are decent. I scored a Kiron built Vivitar Series-1 70-210 f3.5 for $24 off ebay. I just got it today. It looks clean but I haven't had a chance to shoot with it. It also serves as a 1:2 Macro. It is big and heavy though. I have a 200m f4 olympus that's decent. Also a 135/2.8 Vivitar(tokina) that shoots well. But, if you don't have one, get a Oly 40-150 native. It's slow, but will out perform any of those legacy lenses and if you're patient you can get one for $120-140.
     
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  4. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    If what you want is an MD zoom the the best ones are the MD 35-70/3.5 and the 24-50/4. Both are constant aperture. The 35-70 is reputed to have also been sold as Leica R lens as well. It's available in a macro and non macro version. I have the macro version and it's an absolutely terrific lens with the the FL between 35-50 being very close to prime level of sharpness. Of course wildlife and street are pretty different. Wildlife I would think you would want a longer telephoto. I have a Vivitar 70-210 macro (Komine made) and it is quite a good lens and can be found in MD mount as well.

    Someone recommended the Olympus 40-150 and it's a good lens. I have had a couple of them and they really do produce terrific results but IMHO the 35-70/3.5 is outstanding and mine cost me all of $48. Here are a few shots done with the 35-70/3.5 macro. I use a NEX for MF but you get the idea. It's easily my favorite legacy lens.

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    The Herald of the Ice Queen by dixeyk, on Flickr

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    Sock by dixeyk, on Flickr
     
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  5. Joltinjess

    Joltinjess Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 6, 2013
    Port Moody, BC
    Jesse
    It's funny, I've been so obsessed with used adapted lens I didn't even think about the 40-150mm. That seems perfect. I've been looking at the sample images and they look great.
     
  6. battleaxe

    battleaxe Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Have you thought about the Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm? I had one in an MD mount that I loved to use with my G2. I had one of the constant f3.5 models, and IMHO IQ was very good though out the range, even 210mm at f3.5. It can easily be had for $45 in good condition. It's something to think about if you still want to go the legacy route.
     
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  7. ALMANST

    ALMANST Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 20, 2013
    ON, Canada
    I have the Vivitar 80-200 4.5 MD. It's about as fast as molasses, but it takes great pictures and I prefer its macro to my OMD kit 12-50. It's also faster than the 12-50 macro mode.

    It's a little bit finicky to focus correctly but once you get the hang of it, it's actually a fun, and charming lens to use.
     
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