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Minolta AF 75-300 4.5 - 5.6 MACRO

Zvon Saban , Nov 29, 2005; 07:03 p.m.

Hi! Does anybody have experiences with Minolta AF 75-300 4.5 - 5.6 Macro lenses. There seems to be 3 versions I, II and D. On photozone website they have reviews of I and II versions and I is considered much better than II version. There is nothing on the newer D version. Could somebody please shed some light on this subject.

Thanks.

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Michael Hohner , Nov 30, 2005; 05:13 a.m.

Click here to find a list of all Minolta AF lenses: http://www.mhohner.de/minolta/lenses.php?lang=e#zooms.

The first version of the 75-300 has a different optical construction compared to the other versions.

Bill Thorlin , Nov 30, 2005; 05:14 a.m.

Zvon - there are in fact 4 versions going back to the big one of 1986. If you want to check details go to Michael Hohners website - www.mhohner.de - gives you full specification.

I have the D version in the "pretty" silver colour - it is basically a lightweight consumer lens, I guess like the other 2 newer ones with performance to match. The macro function ( 1:4 )is not really true macro more of a selling point claim which is used by most manufacturers to boost the attractiveness of the lens on the market. It does not have the focus hold button that the other 2 have or dof scale like the older one has.

I cannot compare it to the others as I have not used them but I am going to try out an old 70-210 f4 to see if it so much better as many claim and if I need the extra distance I will use a 1.4 or 1.5 TC. Do not know if this will be of any help to you but is does reflect my thinking.

Ivan Dzo , Nov 30, 2005; 10:25 a.m.

Bill, the 70-210 was the last zoom I picked up for 40gbp on ebay. It is hugely better than the 100-300 apo and now my favourite medium zoom for slide usage. On testing, its far better than any zoom i've tested except the 28-135 brute. A bit big but incredible value for money at 10x this price.

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