David Kilpatrick wrote:I'm using a secondhand Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4 AF, mostly because nothing significantly better has been made since 1985. It has a close 1.1m focus, internal focusing, constant aperture
David Kilpatrick wrote:Internal zooming I meant, not internal focusing. The 135mm f/2.8 has internal focusing. The extension of the front is very limited when focusing, just a few mm, but the front does rotate. This has never worried me as I have never used a polariser on a tele zoom.
I have been quite satisfied with that lens. If I have no concerns about the size and weight of the lens(es) I have with me, I will choose the f:4.0 version because I subjectively prefer the images it draws, but on an objective basis I consider the f:3.5-4.5 version to be as good a lens as the f:4.0 version - for my purposes.David Kilpatrick wrote:. . . And the immediate successor to the 70-210mm f/4, the f/3.5-4.5 version, is something I want to try.
Argonaut wrote:Is not the sony 55-200 kit lens a pretty good buy? I have it and a beercan and have been pleased with the Sony's IQ. Plus it's much smaller and lighter. Play your cards right and you can get it with a new body for an additional $100, or at least I did last year.
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