cheap 70-200 (35-100) lens for MFT?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by shanguli, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. shanguli

    shanguli Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 16, 2014
    A friend of mine has a Sony A7 (the compact full frame) and uses 70-200 (3.5-4.5) A-mount Minolta lens which is dirt cheap compared to a typical 70-200 Sony lens.
    I was wondering what full frame 70-200 lens out there can I use for my MFT (something that is relatively cheaper compared to Lumix 35-100)?
    Your thoughts/inputs much appreciated
  2. listers_nz

    listers_nz Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 22, 2013
    Christchurch, New Zealand
  3. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 24, 2013
    Oakland, CA
  4. RnR

    RnR Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    +1 to Rudy's suggestion. By all accounts its a decent lens. Just be aware of flare, so get a nice hood for it.

    My copy is still winging its way to me.
  5. gcogger

    gcogger Mu-43 Veteran

    May 25, 2010
    Um... I'm confused :confused: Are you looking for something in the 35-100 range or the 70-200 range?
  6. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 24, 2013
    Oakland, CA
    Here is some technical detail on the Tamron lens:

  7. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    70-200 on an a7 would be covered by, e.g., the Panny 45-150 (pretty close -- not as wide, but a lot longer) which can be had for $150 used, and will focus a lot faster I believe, than that old Minolta on an a7 (someone correct me if I'm mistaken).

    I got a used Oly 40-150 for $80 once.

    If you want something brighter than f/5.6 at the long end AND you want AF AND you want less than $1K, then there aren't any options AFAIK in m43

    if you are OK with manual focus, then there are some adapted options that are cheap and faster than f/5.6.

    It's kind of like Canon. I had a 1990s build 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 with USM focusing. Gorgeous lens and fast focusing, and cost $150 used. It's one of the benefits of having decades of old lenses behind you in a system -- bargains even with fast lenses, can be found! M43 is still too new to find those.