Stock photography for Sony/ Minolta Users

posted on 19th of april, 2009

A blog dedicated to my experiences using both Sony and Minolta and 3rd party lenses on my Sony DSLR's (A350 and A700). I hope to provide some insight into what kinds of newer as well as older lenses are good for stock photography.

For example, this image below was taken with my A700 and a Minolta MD 50mm F1.7 with a macro MD-AF adapter and a +4 diopter. The whole set-up cost me about 50.00 and does a pretty good job with macro images. This one was shot at F22.

For those who want a decent quality macro option without spending the bigger bucks on a dedicated macro lens, this is a good option. My cost breakdown was:

Minolta MD adapter: 30.00
Minolta 50mm F1.7 lens: 5.00
Tiffen +1 +2 +4 49mm diopter set: 5.00

Be sure to get the macro version of the adapter (no glass element). It can only...

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Posted by Eppic on April 19, 2009
For lens recommendations, it really depends on what you are shooting. One really great resource is the excellent lens review database at www.dyxum.com for all Sony and Minolta AF lenses.
Posted by Oxbeast1210 on April 19, 2009
What other lenses do you reccomend for Sony A700
Posted by Aughty on April 19, 2009
Poor man's macro, I love it. I got a set of diopters filters I will dust off and tryout with digital imagery. Thank for sharing.

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The wonderful Minolta 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO Best quality and value tele for your money.

posted on 19th of april, 2009

Firstly a bit of background; I am primarily a landscape photog who does a fair bit of hiking and backpacking, so size and weight become important factors for me in my choice of lens.
I don't do a whole lot of wildlife photography unless said wildlife is fairly still. Enter the Minolta 100-300mm APO; which weighs around 1lb and is quite compact, so it's easy to take with me on my hikes.
Now of course small and compact is useless if the quality isn't there, but with this lens, the quality is definitely there and will provide for you stock quality images especially if you stop it down a bit (I find even F6.3 at 300mm does a good job).

© Eppic (Help) Sony A700 ISO 200 F8 300mm 1/640
© Eppic (Help) Sony A350 ISO 100 F8 210mm 1/125

This lens goes for in the neighbourhood of 250-300....

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Posted by Rebeccaosborn on April 19, 2009
thanks for the tips.. nice pics too!!

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