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2018-04-22 Recovery Day 412

Another fine warm day. Health wise, my blood pressure was back to what it has been since starting the second round of treatment. No change in my morning routine, starting with a good breakfast, taking afterwards my morning medication and getting ready for my morning walk. Today, being Sunday, the walk was a family affair.

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Twigs Test – Take 7

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.

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Twigs Test – Take 6

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.

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Twigs Test – Take 5

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).

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Twigs Test – Take 4

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.

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Twigs Test – Take 3

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.

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Twigs Test – Take 2

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.

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Twigs Test – Take 1

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.

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Sky after the Storm – Week 6

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 ().

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Our Backyard (Take 2) – Week 6

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.

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