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    Hi guys.

    A65 user here. Wanting to get a good Minolta lens as my walkaround/midrange zoom lens.

    Am "in love" with the IQ and build of these old Minolta lenses.
    Currently own the 70-210 f4 Beercan

    Thing is, there's alot of praises for most of the Minolta lenses that I read online.
    I have narrowed down my choices to these few. I'm fine with them being not wide enough,

    35-70mm F4 "mini Beercan"
    28-85mm
    28-105mm
    24-85mm

    I initially wanted to get the 28-135 but seeing that the price is on the high side, and its as heavy/heavier then the beercan, I have put it off my list for now.

    So any advice/suggestions?

    TIA!

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    The 35-70 is the smallest and I have no complaints about the sharpness.

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    sadly you've remove the lens that I would recommend to you the so called "Secret HandShake" love this lens but like you said it's a bit heavy but not that heavy I find it stable with my previous A33 and extreme well balance on A77 :-)

    I guess 2nd to 28-135 would be the minibeercan 35-70f4 not tried the rest of the lens you've listed so I cant comment much but you could read some user review and sample pix at A-mount lens database (lenses for Minolta and Sony DSLR cameras) :-)
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    I'm using 28-85mm currently. Its a good lens. It's not expensive and well built. Not too heavy.

    My next target is 28-135mm, like what another CS member said, it's one of the best minolta around.

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    Ot, why is it called the secret handshake lens?

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    28-105 =) i have 1 for sale..

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    You should consider the 35-105mm too if not being wide is not an issue.

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    I prefer a metal body as well, since these are old Minolta lenses I'm worried about zoom creep

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    Quote Originally Posted by GegeV2 View Post
    I prefer a metal body as well, since these are old Minolta lenses I'm worried about zoom creep

    28-135 fit the bill :-)
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    Default Re: Which Minolta walkaround lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by GegeV2 View Post
    I prefer a metal body as well, since these are old Minolta lenses I'm worried about zoom creep
    Even metal bodies could have some creep. Strictly speaking, only the 28-85 is metal-bodied. The rest are a mixture of metal and ABS. For walk-about, a 24-85 would be better than 28-85 for APS-C as it is wide enough at 36mm equivalent. It is of course a bit more expensive though. I have both available for sale currently. Let me know if you are interested.

    In terms of sharpness, the 35-70mm F4 is probably the best among the 4 but has the smallest focal range. The 28-85 is good between 28 to around 60-70 or so. The 28-105 and 24-85 are better at the wider ends than the tele ends. All 4 should be stopped down to at least F5.6 for best performance.

    All of the lenses you mentioned are considered good lenses. Its a matter of going for IQ or for focal range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsalman View Post
    Ot, why is it called the secret handshake lens?
    Rumors has it that Minolta has a "Secret" deal with Leica on the production of these lense.
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    i use a 28-75 f/2.8... not bad..
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsalman View Post
    Ot, why is it called the secret handshake lens?
    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostfit View Post
    Rumors has it that Minolta has a "Secret" deal with Leica on the production of these lense.
    Yep that was the rumors not sure if it is true but hey this lens is really sharp even wide open..
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    OK, I can't take this anymore.

    The term refers to a form of greeting amongst members of a group/fraternity. Only those in the know, knows.

    From Wiki... Secret handshake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Quote Originally Posted by albertri View Post
    Yep that was the rumors not sure if it is true but hey this lens is really sharp even wide open..

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    I use 24-50mmF2.8 and 80-200HS for my china trip last year with a850,pictures have post at my FB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooschey View Post
    OK, I can't take this anymore.

    The term refers to a form of greeting amongst members of a group/fraternity. Only those in the know, knows.

    From Wiki... Secret handshake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    hehe just head down to Dyxum.com and check for the lens review of this lens should give you a better view what's the capabilities... :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by albertri View Post
    hehe just head down to Dyxum.com and check for the lens review of this lens should give you a better view what's the capabilities... :-)
    No need. I used to own one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooschey View Post
    No need. I used to own one.
    I hardly bring this baby out now a days but once I have another street shoot will bring this for a spin again. :-) I think I'll be keeping both this and my beercan... unless I move to another system or stop this expenssive hobby :-)
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    I loved the colours from this lens and it was my main lens for the duration I owned it. It actually was very nicely balanced on the A700. The wider end and shorter MFD was taken care of by my Tamron 17-50.

    I'm spared all these back-breaking now that I've moved on to the NEX 5N.

    Quote Originally Posted by albertri View Post
    I hardly bring this baby out now a days but once I have another street shoot will bring this for a spin again. :-) I think I'll be keeping both this and my beercan... unless I move to another system or stop this expenssive hobby :-)

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    I was in London for awhile and came across a 28-135 FS. It really is top notch, but sadly, out of my budget.

    Wondering if a 35-105 would do?

    I know I would miss out on being wide though

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