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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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Contra Loma Regional Park – Take 4

Had to leave very early today for San Francisco so I rushed out to the Contra Loma Regional Park for the fourth set of photos. The weather today was not a problem, very few clouds. Because of me getting to the park very early this set of photos was taken 15 minutes after the official sunrise.

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Contra Loma Regional Park – Take 3

Finally a break in the weather, so rushed out to the Contra Loma Regional Park for the third set of photos. Weather-wise today was almost the same as on Day 5 with the exception to shoot the same sceneries was again difficult because the trail still is not accessible as it is even muddier than on Day 12 thanks to the additional amount of rain. I am not complaining, we need the rain.

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No colorful Sunrise, just Fog

This morning all that I saw was fog, eliminating the chance for catching another colorful sunrise. But true to taken pictures of the same scene as during the last two weeks Day 1 and Day 8, I waited until there was enough light to trying taken the four photos. Yes, there is a lot of gray in these photos, instead of the clouds and sunrise, but I do feel there are interesting photos to put up as they are more like Black and White ones.

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