MedicineMan4040 wrote in post #18188367
Won't lie about that Mickey. The 400DOii is in another class, as it should be since I paid
almost 3xs more for it. The Minolta wins on wize/weight/weildability plus we know about the color
flavoring it gives an image.
I read somewhere that the Mino 400 APO is sharp yet soft and I can understand that now.
No regrets mind you and having a 5Dsr I'm in the camp that believes a large dense sensor can
help 'lesser' lenses. Not that the Minolta is 'lesser' but compared to the 400DOii it is; so the a99ii
just might help make it shine more.
Regardless the Mino became instant love the moment I saw the little metal box it came in
Now where I'm going to puzzle is when a trip comes up with the a99ii and I have to decide between
the 70-400Gii and the Mino APO. When Poof and I have shot side by side, her with OMD M5ii + Oly 300/4
and me with the GX8 + PL 100-400mm, I've often gotten the shot because I can find it wide then zoom
As far as robustness the Mino wins hands down. Def. built for the ages.
I know the 400DOii has served you really well, and you're right--at that price point it better out-punch the old Minolta's behind! I will say this about your long-range birding images--it is very rare that I find a dropoff from one image to the next. There is a continuity there--post-processing and your shooting, I have to assume--that makes it very difficult-to-impossible for me to tell which system you've shot with. There are times when I'll see a characteristic, and be able to guess what lens you've used but it sure isn't a majority of the time.
That darn 400 4.5 is calling me, but I keep telling myself I don't need it. I'm going to be in Tallahassee for quite a bit of spring football season, and I would be able to get some access to the intersquad FSU scrimmages if I wanted. All of my shooting would be during the day, so I think my Minolta 200/ 2x TC would be pretty good for that. I keep finding them on Japan eBay in the $1700 range near-mint with the snazzy metal case. Similarly, I've found the 300 2.8 HS for even cheaper--but I've heard that the 300 doesn't quite live up to the 200 or the 400--strange if true, no?
Dude, A99ii coming to you in short order--how exciting is that? There are a handful of us that are going to be living even more vicariously through you than usual because you'll be in possession of possibly the best all-around DSLR-style body on the planet.
I was wondering when the 70-400gii vs 400 APO showdown was going to come. Throw the Tammy 150-600 into the mix and that's the collective cat's meow for long A-mount glass.
Sony A99ii, RX-100ii, Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA, Minolta HS 200 2.8 APO, Zeiss 24/2 ZA, Minolta 2xTC APO, HVL-F43M