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In Topic: Minolta Camera Lens

30 October 2011 - 08:38 AM

QUOTE (Rayab @ Sep 27 2011, 01:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I am looking for help in deciphering the various numbers that are listed on a particular minolta lens that I have. I have no manual to go by. All I know is that it is a 50MM lens. I am trying to sell it and am not sure what the various #'s mean. Any assistance that can be rendered would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Rayab. Typically on a 50mm lens you will find (often around the front optic) info like '49mm f1.7'. The 49mm refers to the filter size it takes and the 1.7 is the aperture - 1.7 is a wide aperture (a fast lens, good for low light/high speed subjects) and the higher this number, the more light you need.

In Topic: Need A Reccomendation!

28 March 2011 - 07:51 AM

Hi. I bought a Sony a200 a few months ago and it is a great beginner's DSLR. On 'Auto' it is a simple point-and-shoot, but enthusiasts soon graduate to more advanced features, like shooting RAW instead of JPEG (sorry if that sounds geeky!) - use Google for details. In addition, I have since bought two old Minolta lenses which work on auto, are very cheap and give brilliant results, far better than the kit lens. Most important, though - I first got the hang of taking photographs using a fabulous Panasonic Lumix TZ3 bought for 60 (they're less now) from an Ebay seller. I only bought the a200 once I knew photography was for me. Lots of luck!