Sony A7r and my bargain lens of all time - Minolta 35-70mm




For a lens that cost me £18 + postage from ebay, this Minolta 35-70mm has to be my all-time bargain buy. With some correction in Adobe Camera Raw for the slight vignetting at 35mm, CA and fringing and adding some sharpening, I have some very good files from it. Plus unlike the £450 FE 28-70mm it's even across the frame. 

Plastic mount or not this is very decent lens as you'll see from the Google+ album linked to below. And of course it has a great advantage. It's very light. To be honest I did buy it on an impulse, just to see what a cheap S/H lens would do on a 36MP sensor. I am surprised at how good it is and I suspect I'll be using it a lot for when I'm walking some distance. 

In case you are interested, the going price for these is around the £20-30 mark. Mine was a bit cheaper because there was no rear lens cap with it. I have no idea what the quality control on these is like, but mine is very good indeed. Of course this speaks volumes about Sony and their lens engineering and I'm not going into that again. But I'm sure I'll return to it. Though I can't conclude without the comment that it's difficult to understand how a company that makes such extraordinary cameras can be so complacent with regard to their lens range. You would think they would be the opposite.






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N.B. to see more on the cameras and lenses featured in this post click on the relevant labels (tags and keywords) at the bottom of this post.

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