Well, not a gift, but a loaner.
I met a fellow hobbyist from a French Sony board a few months ago, he came to locally pick up a legacy zoom. He is a really nice guy and avid Minolta gear collector, so we stayed in touch occasionally. A few days ago I asked him if he could
1) Lend me his 70-210/F “Beercan” zoom to test head to head with the one I just bought (sample variation is a dreaded issue with camera gear)
2) Let me make one last thorough AF test with his NEX 5R
3) Bring me the well regarded Minolta 24-85/3.5-4.5 standard zoom to try, as I am curious of it and I knew he had one.
My pal Claude came tonight with all his goodies neatly packed in a photo bag. Everything I had asked for… and a bit more. He also brought : a cheapo Minolta 70-300/4-5.6, the Beercan I had asked for, complete with sunshade (my unit is missing it), the cute Minolta 24-85/3.5-4.5, the very well regarded Minolta 28-135/4-4.5. And…
This lens has somewhat of a cult status. Sure, it’s manual focus only, but at around 200 (insert currency of your choice here) on the used market, it optically tackles the CZ, Sigma, and maybe even Nikon versions of 85/1.4.
I am very, VERY curious to see how this puppy is going to perform on my new toy… Tomorrow I’ll try to get the “new” lenses out for a spin. At least some of them, because given the number, it’s gonna take me a while to try them all ! My generous friend Claude is going to “Le Salon de la Photo” tomorrow, and I’m impatiently awaiting his first report. One last word about the 5R’s PDAF. I have tried, and tried, in all configurations, to make it impress me and focus faster than my “CDAF only” NEX 7… to very little avail. If there IS a difference, well, I can’t say that I saw it 😦 Not that it matters to Claude now, who left with what’s now “his” LA-EA2 😉