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Selling my telephoto lens

I’ve realised recently, that I haven’t used my Sony SAL 70-300mm G lens for a very, very, very, long time. I honestly don’t recall the last time I used it; possibly five years? I just don’t do that kind of photography any more. Consequently, I’d like to sell it. As you can see, it’s used, it’s in really good condition, and a “G” lens, which means it produces stellar quality photos. What I have been using instead has been my Minolta 100mm f2.8 macro and Tamron 28-75mm lenses; mainly for portraiture.

Sony SAL 70-300mm G lens.

Sony SAL 70-300mm G lens.

What I’d really like to do is get the Lensbaby Velvet f1.8 85mm, and upgrade my Tamron; mainly for use for portraiture. The thing is, do I really want to stay with Sony? I’ve been asking myself this for about three years now, and the answer is generally “no”. So, I’m considering a transition to Canon 6d or 5d MkIII. If I do that, then I might as well dump my whole Sony-Minolta kit.

Consequently, I’d like to sell the Sony 70-300mm lens first, and see how I do in selling it, and then consider moving over to Canon from there. So, any suggestions on where I should sell? Is there anyone out there who might consider trading gear?

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50mm Lens

I’ve now had the Minolta 50mm lens for about a year, and there’s been no looking back. It’s a special lens, and a dear piece of photographic equipment. You might be wondering why I should celebrate a lens. I think it’s true for all industries, that there is the one thing, the one piece of work equipment that is held dear to us. It somehow acquires legendary status. The 50mm lens for the photographer was, at one time, the main lens, ‘the standard lens’ as it was also called. 50mm is not just a nice round number, it was a nice all-rounder. It was great for photojournalism, for portraiture, landscape, street candid, whatever, it was there and it was good. All manufacturers endeavour to make the best lenses as possible. Generally, Lieca and Minolta (now Sony) have the best lenses. However, according to DPReview, the Pentax 50mm was the pick of the bunch, with the Sony / Minolta 50mm 1.4 snapping on it’s heels. Embarrassingly, the Canon 50mm was the dunce of the class (as is most Canon lenses, anyway 😉 ).

The design of the Sony 50mm 1.4 lens still shares much of the same design as the original 1985 Minolta 50mm 1.4 release (which is the lens that I have and am raving about), when Minolta first launched its Auto Focus series of lenses. Which, itself, was based on designs going back to the 1960’s Minolta MC and 1970’s MD mount lenses. In terms of image quality it’s still awesome; portability: it’s small, and not heavy at all; so it’s still hard to beat.

It’s hard to improve on such a great lens; the best you can do is to tweak a winning design.


50mm Lens – Images by Andrew Blyth

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