Day five of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Maxxum (Minolta) AF 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 (Big Beercan). Originally produced by Minolta (1986), and currently produced by Sony, the AF 75-300mm F4.5-5.6, is a telephoto zoom photographic lens. The first generation body is made of metal. There is a focus limiter switch to speed up focusing. The lens and the Minolta AF 70-210mm f/4 lens are known as the “Big Beercan” and “Beercan” because their lens shape and size closely match the proportions of a typical aluminum beercan.
Day five of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4 (Beercan). The lens is colloquially knows as the “beercan”.
It was introduced in 1985, however, production slowed and then eventually stopped; its successors, the Sony 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 and Sony 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6 had none of the qualities of the original and build and image quality decreased.
Day five of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Sony 55-200mm F/4-5.6 SAM (SAL-55200-2). The lens makes a good companion to the Sony DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 (SAL-1855) “kit” lens offered by Sony. With a 3.6x zoom and focal length equivalent of 82.5-300mm, I can bring subjects up pretty close, though this isn’t the only telephoto lens offered in this price range, I also got the Sony 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6, more on this later (Take 8).
Day four of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Minolta AF 35-70mm F/4 Macro (Mini Beercan). Nicknamed The Mini Beercan, this lens is originally built for film SLR but due to its great performance … its still accepted as one of the best performing Minolta lens even on a DSLR. This lens works very well on APS-C cameras, but the focal range is not very desirable it has the equivalent in Full Frame terms of 52.5-105mm. I I would rather use the Konica Minolta AF DT 18-70mm (Take 2) lens because it’s a lot wider.
Day three of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Minolta AF 28-135mm. This is one of the original Minolta AF lenses from the mid 1980s, and is now over 30 years old. It’s well built, with a minimum of plastic components, which makes it heavy for its size. This lens was also quite expensive when introduced and still goes for $400+ in in excellent condition. Sony has a current lens (Minolta designed) similar in focal length, the 24-105mm F/3.5-4.5, but it doesn’t perform as well overall.
Day two of the twigs test, today’s lens is my Konica Minolta AF DT 18-70mm. Following Sony’s acquisition of Konica Minolta’s DSLR business, the lens was re-announced in its current Sony incarnation, with only a cosmetic branding makeover (and the thankfully abbreviated name) distinguishing the new version from old.
I will be confined to rest for at least another week, because if it I have no choice but need to modify my lens testing. Instead of continue to test each each lens for a week at seven different scenes, I will perform my tree twigs test.
Today is the last day for the Sony DT 16-105mm F/3.5-5.6 lens. This set of photos shows the sky (clouds) after the big rain storm we the last two days. Again, it is a single scene taken with all six marked focal lengths, 24mm (16), 36mm (24), 52mm (35), 75mm (50), 105mm (70) and 157mm (105); Full Frame focal length in ().
Still confined to rest, staying home, so today’s set is the a alternate view of my backyard. This set shows the backyard from another angle providing a good indication about the impact of the six focal lengths of the wide-angle Sony DT 16-105mm lens without a distant distracting background.
My movements are still restricted to my home. Part of nature photography are clouds, and I was again lucky that there were some interesting clouds hanging around, just what I needed for today’s set.