Tinkaroo wrote: ↑
09 Jul 2019 22:54
I have a Sony 100mm macro lens that also takes excellent sharp photos at the longer distance as well as close up. I also have the Minolta 50mm macro. Many of the Sony A mount lenses were rebadged versions of the Minoltas. The Tamron 90mm macro in the Sony mount is supposed to be pretty good. My Konica-Minolta 17-35 f2.8-4 was actually made for them by Tamron.
It's harder to get a zoom that's good in low light like an f1.4,1.7 or 1.8 prime. A zoom allows you to stand in one spot and frame a subject in a photo but they often have ranges like f4-5.6. Some of the better ones are f3.5-4.5 or a straight f2.8 through the focal range for an expensive zoom. Some of the primes can be exceptionally sharp whereas zooms need to be stopped down to get the optimal sharpness. They can sometimes be less than optimal at their extremes of focal range.
If you have any questions on that older Sony DSLR that I can help you with don't hesitate to ask.
sorry for slow reply and thank you for the offer of help/info on the Sony cameras. This had been my intention, a used Sony DSLR, looking around and online they seem to go from £100 - £200+ depending on condition, accessories, lenses included etc. Looked at an A580 and an A58 amongst others. This would let me use my old Minolta lenses till such time as I might upgrade.
However, since last we spoke, life and situations conspired to throw me a curve ball - which I duly caught! :roll:
So I needed a new computer, been putting it off for too long, anyway local store had a good deal on last years model, so I took the plunge. It needed doing and I'm pleased I did, so all good.
They also have a camera section, I know, why did I even go and look!? Wallet is already unhappy at buying computer! But look I do of course and see an Olympus OMD E10 mkII at a very good reduced price - but I resisted, that is until I went back a couple of days later to pick up the new computer and it was still there (last one!) so I bought it, of course I did. Poor wallet. :(
So why the E10 mkII, you may be wondering, how did we get here? :-k
I only really became aware of the OMD cameras quite recently, when I saw one in a local secondhand store, guess I've been rather focused on the Sony cameras (ha ha). I really liked the look of these cameras - nostalgia (oh yes!). Prior to buying my Minolta kit I used to borrow a friends OM10, (he was working and I was still a poor student) so it's a camera I got to know well - it was a very popular starter camera and with the optional manual adaptor very versatile.
Anyway since seeing the E10 mkII, I'd been reading reviews and stuff, it seemed well liked and actually fitted my immediate needs well. Something better than my current basic pocket camera, not too expensive, mirrorless, so a small form factor and as I said, I liked the looks. Haven't had chance to really try it out yet, but feeling it was a good buy. Hope so! The joy of the four thirds system await! A Sony isn't completely off the cards, but will certainly have to wait a while.
I should add that a few years back, when it seemed everyone was selling off their old film cameras I did buy an OM10 and an OM2 along with assorted lenses and flash guns etc. So there is history! I feel it's only on places like VE that any of this is understood.
Anyway I rather feel I've hijacked this thread with tales of my photographic journey - and I haven't even posted a pic of a lighthouse - yet! :)
ps. nice pics by the way.