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Apr 22, 2016 23:44 as a reply to post 17981605 |  #91

The bird studio sounds pretty sweet for sure.

My daughter gets a kick out of watching the woodpeckers around her hammer away at the synthetic trim on the homes in my neighborhood. "Daddy, that woodpecker is silly!" Also funny is watching them go to work on the palm trees. It just looks wrong, LOL.

I suspect that the a6300 had the superior sensor, and was wondering if the A77ii would be the odd-body out in your lineup sometime because of it and your Lumix setup. I do like the way the A77ii handles, as it is my first body with a joystick. But could I use the a6000 for sports with longer, native glass? I do think so, but the combo I have is as good as I've ever had on a crop.

It doesn't look good for the a77ii to get a refresher, but I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see an a99 update at some point with a proper crop mode feature.

I shot that same treeflower the other day, but at F5.6 instead of wide-open. A little noisy, but it is SOOC.

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Apr 24, 2016 23:03 as a reply to mickeyb105's post |  #92

Gorgeous capture. Wonderful color and the drops entice :)
The a77ii's joystick is another thing that few other cameras embrace but you know how sweet it is.
Forgot to mention I didn't even notice the noise, and after looking I still don't see it :)


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Apr 26, 2016 09:24 |  #93

The Tammy 150-600 is on sale for $679 right now on eBay through an authorized Tammy dealer, and I have $140ish in eBay Bucks.

Do I splurge for the big gun, or be good and get the extender like a prudent adult? LOL

Edit: A-mount sold out quick, no dice!!


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Apr 28, 2016 16:33 |  #94

I've been using the other cameras for a bit and forget that I have a BIF machine in the Sony a77ii.
Took it out today to play a bit....a string of 20 shots all looking very much like this one at 600mm via the
Tam 150-600.


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May 01, 2016 08:54 |  #95

Minolta 2x TC II has been ordered. Let's see if $150 really can turn my prime into a 400 5.6 HS APO!


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May 02, 2016 18:48 as a reply to mickeyb105's post |  #96

Mickey when it gets here can you post a pic of the whole rig here please. I'd like to admire :)


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May 02, 2016 18:59 |  #97

MedicineMan4040 wrote in post #17993556 (external link)
Mickey when it gets here can you post a pic of the whole rig here please. I'd like to admire :)

I'm happy to post a picture of the enhanced rig! The TC looks to be in really good condition, not much visible wear. The 200, well . . . let's just say it looks like it belongs on a battlefield somewhere--LOL!


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May 04, 2016 10:42 |  #98

Here's a pic of the a77ii/Minolta HS 200 2.8 APO/Minolta 2x TCii APO combination.

It adds just 2.5" to the compact 5.2" prime, giving me a 7.7" 400 5.6 lens with an effective range of 600mm on the A77ii.

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May 04, 2016 18:11 as a reply to mickeyb105's post |  #99

Looks nice. I've thought about getting one of those Minolta 70-200 or 200 lenses since I have an laea4. I want a reasonable priced lens I can use for photos indoors or of my son at school events etc.


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May 04, 2016 18:46 as a reply to mickeyb105's post |  #100

Looks way better than you let on=barely broken in! Hurts me to see it. I used to have a lot of Minolta glass.


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May 04, 2016 19:56 |  #101

KayakPhotos wrote in post #17996042 (external link)
Looks nice. I've thought about getting one of those Minolta 70-200 or 200 lenses since I have an laea4. I want a reasonable priced lens I can use for photos indoors or of my son at school events etc.

I tried the 200 with the LA-EA4 on the A7r and A6000, and it certainly focused well enough. I ditched the adapter because it wouldn't track and because I felt the mirror robbed the Lens of some IQ. If it was one or the other, I would have likely kept it. Keep in mind I was getting this combo with sports in mind. For events, it would have been good especially at 24mp.

The lens is wonderful natively, at least as good as the EF 200 2.8L--which I found to be extremely similar to the 135L in AF, colors, saturation and sharpness.

I bought mine for $599+$30 s/h from Japan via eBay and it got to me quick. There are a lot of very good copies of this lens for sale at any give time via japan. I would rate my copy an 8.25/10, considering that it is a 27-year-old lens. Some internal dust, very minor cleaning marks on front element, some paint chips on the lens body.


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May 04, 2016 19:59 as a reply to MedicineMan4040's post |  #102

Thanks! ( I took pics from the good side!:)

Lots of Minolta glass out there for a good price. I'm super impressed with how well the lens and adapter are built. They could have told me the adapter was a year-old and used once and I would have believed it--positively mint! Got it from Roberts Camera out of Indianapolis via eBay.


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May 13, 2016 11:39 |  #103

Here's a few tests from the back yard with the Minolta 2x TC ii (APO).

The AF seems to take a little hit with the TC, but I can't really notice any degradation in sharpness. I'll have to shoot with it more to really tell, but so far so good for shots taken in the late morning.

This combo may go with my father-in-law to Greenland and Iceland on a three-week trip, so I'm going to do my best to see if this is the best option to send with him short of going bananas and renting a Sony 500mm prime . . . or even a Canon rig. He's only had Rebels in the past, so he's going to need a little coaching on the Sony setup.

I know that the Minolta HS 200 2.8 isn't rated as a weather sealed lens, but it is built so well it is hard to believe that it wouldn't stand up to some pretty cold shooting? Thoughts?

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May 17, 2016 23:03 |  #104

Made a trip to the Brevard Zoo with the kids and had a chance to use the Minolta 2x TC II extensively. The only negative I have to say is that it slows focusing, but I guess that is to be expected.

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May 25, 2016 16:03 |  #105

TCs always cost a bit.
We just added a 1DXii and even it will take a hit with an EOS 2.0 with AF speed.
It's a great camera but didn't make this trip. Did you notice I got tickets to Pyrimaden? Just hoping
the ice doesn't screw us over but last word is that the transport ship is landing there. Now that I'm going
(fingers crossed) I don't know what to shoot???? The ship leaves in two days, any thoughts before I get there?


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