No doubt Sony SAL 1870 is very versatile and are able to produce great quality photos but I still feel it is inadequate somehow or another. Thats why i got myself a Minolta 28-85mm f3.5 just to justify my curiosity.
Like all my previous lenses, extensive research were done before deciding on such a lens. A nice gentlemen from alphanatics forum willing to part with his copy of Minolta Maxxum 28-85mm at such a bargain that i immediately confirmed the lens without any bargaining/price negotiation. The seller even throw in free freight all the way from Miri Sarawak.
Like my previous Minolta 35-70mm f4 lens this one also comes with a suprise of its own. The nice seller even throw in a Osawa 55mm Close up filter for free (i wasnt expecting this becuase the seller did not mentioned anything about the closeup filter at all ... what a bargain!!!)
Will write more about the Osawa closeup filter later when I m doing the macro shots with this lens.
* Year of Production: 1985
* Focal lenght: 28-85 mm
* Aperture: 3.5-4.5 - 22-27
* Aperture type: 7 blades
* Angle of view: 75°-29°
* Minimum focus distance: 0.8 m (0.25 m - macro)
* Elements / groups: 13 / 10
* Filter diameter: 55mm
* Dimensions (D x L): 68.5 x 85.5 mm
* Magnification: 1/8.3x (1/4)
* Weight: 520g
* Filter rotates while focusing
* Lens hood round, "clip-on" mounted
* Features: macro switch
To those who are not familiar with closeup filters and what is it for, here is a brief and simple description of what is a closeup filter :
What is a Close-up Filter?
A close-up filter is a lens that attaches onto the end of a camera lens via a screw thread. The purpose of the filter is to decrease the minimum distance that a lens requires to focus. For example most telephoto lenses need the subject to be at least a metre and a half away before they can focus. By attaching a close-up filter to the lens you can reduce this to maybe 0.75 metres.
Close-up filters are measured in Dioptre, with +2 being weak and +10 being strong. A dioptre is a measure of lens power. Filters can be "stacked" together (one filter screwed onto the lens and another screwed into the first filter). When stacking filters always make sure that the strongest filter is closest to the lens.
These are some of the macro shots i did and in comparison I did the same shot with this lens with the Osawa no.3 Closeup filter attached to the lens as well. this way wee can see what kinda differences that a closeup filter can do to your photos.
Others Samples Shots in Various Conditions with this lens
- Built solid (body made of metal) doubled as a weapon in time of crisis lol!
- Underated lens therefore it is Bloody CHEAP! I paid less than RM400 (Approx USD110) for mine.
- Great sharp image at all focal length.
- Great Minolta Colors
- Nice soft bokeh
- Fast and accurate AF (Auto Focus)
- Great Macro