Richard Evans , Sep 12, 2007; 09:54 p.m.
Minolta invented the first auto focus SLR in 1985, the Maxxum 7000. All Minolta lenses made since then are compatible with the Alpha. Many Minolta lenses are superb. I own a few of them such as the 28-135 f4, the 24-85 f3.5, the 50 f1.7 and the absolute best is the 100 f2.8 macro. I spent a total of $400 on all of these lenses by searching the internet. I use craigslist because I prefer to buy locally and I want to inspect what I'm getting. Many people though have had good luck with ebay. A Minolta lens that has been well cared for will last for many more years and the optical quality is better than many new lenses. A great place to read reviews of all compatible A-mount lenses is Dyxum.com. Once you find a great Minolta lens and start to use it you will understand the reason why many of us treasure our old glass. Good luck in your search.