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    Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    I only discovered the Minolta 135 2.8 in the last couple of months. Bought one of Ebay for $300 and finally had the chance to try it this weekend. The first thing you will notice is that this lens is super short and lightweight for a telephoto; it's about the same size as the FE 55 1.8 which makes for excellent pairing with the A7 (see attached thumbnail). Second the lens is super sharp even wide open, not as sharp as the Canon 135L but still plenty sharp; where it beats the Canon is in colors, it produces beautiful saturation and contrast. Also the Minolta has a very snappy and relatively quiet autofocus though not as impressive as the Canon version.

    The lens' one con is its near lack of control for chromatic aberration. That said, I'm not sure if its because of improvements in LR5 or the uniform nature of the len's CA, but it is remarkably easily to completely remove in LR.

    I love using teles for discreet street shooting but I'm often hampered by the weight and size, the Minolta solves this problem for me; and it's of course a wonderful portrait lens to boot.

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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Quote Originally Posted by arize84 View Post
    I only discovered the Minolta 135 2.8 in the last couple of months. Bought one of Ebay for $300 and finally had the chance to try it this weekend. The first thing you will notice is that this lens is super short and lightweight for a telephoto; it's about the same size as the FE 55 1.8 which makes for excellent pairing with the A7 (see attached thumbnail). Second the lens is super sharp even wide open, not as sharp as the Canon 135L but still plenty sharp; where it beats the Canon is in colors, it produces beautiful saturation and contrast. Also the Minolta has a very snappy and relatively quiet autofocus though not as impressive as the Canon version.

    The lens' one con is its near lack of control for chromatic aberration. That said, I'm not sure if its because of improvements in LR5 or the uniform nature of the len's CA, but it is remarkably easily to completely remove in LR.

    I love using teles for discreet street shooting but I'm often hampered by the weight and size, the Minolta solves this problem for me; and it's of course a wonderful portrait lens to boot.

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    Thanks. Very interesting.
    Do you need an adapter for AF on the A7R.
    If so, which one? TIA.
    With best regards, K-H.

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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Which adaptor are you using?
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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Libby View Post
    Which adaptor are you using?
    LAEA4. It gives you the AF performance of the sony A99.
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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Forgot to mention. Lens has a nifty built in hood that is very unobtrusive.

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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    There are other Minolta Maxxum alpha mount lenses that work with the LAEA4 adapter and produce excellent images: 35/2, 50/2.8 macro, 100/2.8 macro, 100/2, 200/2.8...all available on eBay, but prices have shot up as people catch on to these lenses...and don't forget the 70-210/4 "beercan"!

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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Minolta Maxxum Samples: 1st 2: 100/2, 2nd 2 135/2.8: with A7 and adapter...
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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Minolta Maxxum samples: 1st 2: 50 macro, #3: 100 macro, #4 70-210
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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Quote Originally Posted by benroy View Post
    There are other Minolta Maxxum alpha mount lenses that work with the LAEA4 adapter and produce excellent images: 35/2, 50/2.8 macro, 100/2.8 macro, 100/2, 200/2.8...all available on eBay, but prices have shot up as people catch on to these lenses...and don't forget the 70-210/4 "beercan"!

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    I JUST got the 70-210mm f4 beercan to use with the LAEA4. What are you thoughts on the combo?? I´ve yet to receive the LAEA4.

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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Quote Originally Posted by Rawfa View Post
    I JUST got the 70-210mm f4 beercan to use with the LAEA4. What are you thoughts on the combo?? I´ve yet to receive the LAEA4.
    If you got this one you should be fine: Minolta AF ZOOM 70-210mm 1:4(32).
    That's supposed to be from the "beer can" series.
    But let's wait and see what Roy has to say about this matter.

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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Using the 70-210/4 ("beercan") with the A7 and adapter. This is a very nice lens...well constructed, light, easy to hand-hold...produces sharp images at all focal lengths...has a legendary reputation that has lasted over the years, and deservedly so...and CHEAP! Produces excellent 11x17s (as large as I go)...Minolta primes: 100/2, 135/2.8, and 200/2.8 are sizzingly sharper than the 70/210's just plain tack sharp. I doubt very much you could tell the difference in image quality between the Nikon and Canon versions and the Minolta...and the Minolta runs at 25% of the price of the Nikon and Canon 70-200s. The Leica 70-210, by the way, is a rebadging of the "beercan".
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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Many thanks for the prompt reply, Roy. How is the AF speed on this combo?

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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Thanks, Rafael. I'm an 82 year old backyard shooter that has no interest in AF speed...so I'm the wrong guy to cover this topic...it meets my needs (trees, flowers, etc.). Sports?
    Indoor activities? I doubt this lens will do the job for you.

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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Roy, enven though you weren´t able to answer my question you have just made my day as I really hope to reach 82 and be as enthusiastic about photography as I am today (hopefuly more)

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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Rock on, Roy...I love the back yard shots...and the Minolta 135 is really nice in its element
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    Re: Sony A7 + Minolta 135 = Magic Tele Combo

    Though I like fine wine, the "beercan" is as perfect as you can get with my "beer" budget.
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