my ebay watch list... advice appreciated...

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  1. soweezy

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    there are a few but here goes...

    for forthcoming Sony A200 body

    50mm...

    Minolta 50mm F1.7 Prime Lens
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110214300546

    Minolta Normal AF 50mm f/1.7 Lens
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200191762241

    Minolta AF 50mm 1:1.7 autofocus lens
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250205725668

    18/70...

    SONY 18/70 ZOOM LENS SAL1870
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130189694502

    Sony DSLR Lens DT 18-70mm
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220191703853

    Sony DSLR Lens, DT 18-70mm
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130189043498

    Minolta AF 18-70mm
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250205032231

    70/300 (ish)...

    Sigma 70-300f4-5.6 DL AF Zoom Lens
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110214302680


    Minolta Dynax AF 75-300mm II lens
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110213515981

    Sigma AF 70-300mm macro lens
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370012753733

    Minolta AF 75-300/4.5-5.6 II Zoom Lens
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120209099525

    advice on their value, or which to bid on, would be much appreciated

    thanks
     
  2. dfrear

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    Thats quite a list you've got there! I think we may need some idea of how much you want to spend though.
     
  3. Pirate!!

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    Minolta 50mm AF f/1.7 (non macro) = £50.00.

    SAL 18-70mm kit lens = £25.00, though search for the 18-70mm Minolta version as well (250205032231). The wide angle is useful.

    Question. What are you going to use for a walkabout lens? The kit lens is so so, but what if you need a zoomer? I'd suggest you consider looking circa 35-200mm (ish).

    Sigma 70-300MM APO DG Macro (new @ £109.99) at Onestop Digital.

    Tough one this as the older Minolta AF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 BIG BEERCAN can demand premium rates. The smaller BEERCAN 70-210mm is F4. Also well regarded and sought after.

    Check Dyxum.com for lens advice/reviews and for the For Sale ads. Plenty of lenses in there from Sony/Minolta owners.

    I have a Minolta 28-85mm AF Macro looking for a new home BTW.

    Good lens choices BTW if working within a strict budget.
     
  4. soweezy

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    well, I'm hoping to get them for as little as possible :D

    the 50mm and 75/300 seem to go for around £50 each, not sure what the 18/70's go for though

    as I'm totally new to this I'd like to keep the budget to a minimum, but these 3 lenses seem to be popular so figured I'd start with them
     
  5. robpyle

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    £50 for the 50mm? I wish!

    The two I bid on recently (and lost) went for more than that.

    I was outbid at the last second both times, looked like sniping programs with a high bid attached.

    These are in demand now... competition is hotting up!

    Happy bidding!
     
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    Also look at: freeads and adtrader. I paid £50.00 for my 50mm and got a 28-200mm AF lens and a Minolta 5000 SLR as part of the package as well as filters, bags etc :). I bought my lot from one of the above free-ads . . and it was delivered to my house by hand - free!

    Now, think laterally. Instead of looking for the lens(es), search for the Minolta SLR camera. Why? Normally they come with lenses for less than the lens alone (usually). This is what I mean (110212657380). Get the idea?

    Happy hunting :thumbsup:
     
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    Right then:

     
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    Keep an eye on these too:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Minolta-7000-...ryZ15237QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    50mm 1.7 - ending in 2and a half hours.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Minolta-DYNAX...ryZ15237QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    18-70 - no idea why seeing as it'll vignette like crazy on that film camera. But the pic looks right.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Minolta-404si...ryZ15237QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    This has a 100-300 zoom lens which is better than the 70-300s, might even be a keeper longterm.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Minolta-Maxxu...ryZ15237QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    Another 50 1.7

    Enjoy :)
     
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    remember, on eBay you can click 'completed listings' as a filter - this shows you actual prices of recent sales, which is a good guide to realistic end prices...

    N.
     
  11. soweezy

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    many thanks to EVERYONE !! :thumbsup:

    still a little overwhelmed by the choice and suitability of the many lenses, but getting there... slowly

    thanks again !
     
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    I finally bought a 50mm f1.7 from a guy in the US on eBay.

    He has an outstanding record and the lens looks good (fingers crossed).

    With the exchange rate being so good, it works out at £60 inc delivery.

    Not too bad really, and is worth the delivery wait as it was a Buy it Now price.

    Try seller seagr112 if you're interested.

    Cheers,

    Rob
     
  13. soweezy

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    ok... thanks for all the help so far, I've now got 17 listing in my sniper and 9 of those are 50mm minolta lenses listed as either...

    normal
    Dynax
    Maxxum
    prime

    please can someone tell me how I can differentiate between the older and newer model lenses ? :confused:

    thanks, again
     
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    The only real indication (and then it's subjective) of "value" on ebay is the feedback. Even then you take your chance - I have, however, made some excellent purchases - got my 4 gig sd card for £16 inc. p&p.
    It is depressing to look at my old SLR stuff under the hammer for less than i paid for the chemicals or the bag.
     
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    Sure :)

    Ignore the words prime and normal, they apply to all makes of lenses.

    Dynax and Maxxum also just mean for Minolta/Sony Autofocus. When Minolta invented Autofocus back in 1985 they (along with a couple of other manufacturers) chose to create a new lens mount to take advantage of this. This is called the A mount, and it's the same one Sony bought the rights to in 2005. Minolta also have the MC/MD mount, which was invented back in the 50s sometime. You don't want lenses for this mount - they won't fit without an adapter, and if you were to get an adapter I can only think of 2 that would be worth it.

    Minolta chose to name their new mount differently in different parts of the world - Dynax was Europe (svelte, classy, high-tech), Maxxum was America (good, butch name there) and Alpha-Sweet was Japan (think Hello-Kitty). The good news is that they all work together :)

    In this lovely new mount, Minolta released 2 versions of the 50 1.7. The Original is this one:

    http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/detail.asp?IDLens=17

    Features:

    All metal construction.
    Thin focus ring.
    Non-Curved aperture blades.
    Writing appears as AF Lens 50.

    In 1989ish they released that people were fickle, and that even though they'd invented autofocus, some people still preferred to focus manually. They sighed, and released the ReStyled version.

    http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/detail.asp?IDLens=18
    Only one picture there, so one final pimp for the one I've got for sale:
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    Features:

    Wider, rubber focus ring.
    Curved aperture blades.
    Some use of plastics in the body.
    Writing appears as AF 50.

    Everything else seems to be the same, same optics, same coatings, same AF speed, same bokkeh.

    Enjoy :D
     
  16. soweezy

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    thanks, all the 50mm I'm "watching" are the older version

    BTW, I clicked on your My Gallery link, which turned out not to be, and AVG detected a Virus :eek:
     
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    Ahoy!

    Just thinking. Have you checked out the Tamron 55-200mm AND the 28-300mm version? There is also a Sigma 28-300mm which costs a tad less than the Tamron.

    Reviews are excellent. The latter covers on heck of a focal range. The former is also well reviewed and would make an ideal walkabout lens if you couldn't get the Sigma DC version cheaply.

    My reason for mentioning is it might be more cost effective to get a do-all lens if budget is a factor.
     
  18. Brammers

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    Na-ah. This is an RS:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200191762241

    I know about my website - I forgot to pay for the domain for a few years and it died - god knows what's there now. One day I'll remove it from my siggy :E
     

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