Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Essential Minolta Lenses for the A-Mount Shooter

If you relatively new to the A-Mount or, you are hunting around wondering what lenses to buy for your Minolta or Sony DSLR (etal), these are a list of 'must have' lenses for your kit. Know that none of the lenses listed here will break your wallet, and they all offer excellent optical performance in one or more important practical performance characteristics ( performance you'll appreciate when printing or looking at the images). Links are the best I could find for Amazon, just as a quick reference.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Tenpa Eyepiece Magnifier

High quality gear. I've only found them on Ebay for sale and they will come direct from China to anywhere in the world. I own three Tenpa magnifiers. Two are the same model for different mounts (Pentax and Minolta), and yesterday arrived my 1.22X Tenpa magnifier for my 7D. It also works very well on my Maxxum 9 film camera- and can you imagine the Maxxum 9's viewfinder being magnified 1.22x without vignetting in the corners?!

Compare to Sony FDAME1AM Magnifying Eyepiece (Black)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Currently Testing- (Cameras on the Red Carpet)

A quick look under the Photographic-Central hood: Currently testing two cameras, the Panasonic G3 (and several lenses) and a throwback bargain hunting DSLR, the Nikon D80 (w/35mm f/1.8 G lens). Both cameras arrived yesterday and I familiarized myself with most of the necessary functionality last night. One of the points of my camera testing here is to find good deals for photographers whether it's an older camera or the new with zero brand bias.

Nikon D80 10.2MP DSLR

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Digital Camera (Body)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Konica Minolta 100-300mm APO D f4.5-5.6 Lens Review

Konica Minolta 100-300mm APO D f4.5-5.6 Lens Review
May 2012, Carl Garrard
Konica Minolta may no longer be in the camera business officially (at least for the time being) but that doesn't mean they aren't in many of the hearts and minds of the photographers who still use their equipment. With 17 million lenses available still on the used market (the number at least in 2006 when they handed Sony the business), that means that a great deal of lenses not only still exist, but that there is quite a range to choose from. And out of that range stand out a few classic Minolta lenses that are wildly popular in the "KM" A-Mount community. One such lens is the Konica Minolta 100-300mm APO, which has seen two different versions with the "D" version being one of Konica Minolta's last and the subject of this review.

Konica Minolta 100-300mm Used Prices