Having decided not to risk taking the Zeiss and Sony G lenses on holiday to the UK (not to mention the weight) I have been on the prowl for a cheap but OK zoom. Today whilst out shopping I found 2 lonely Alpha mount lenses sat on my camera store shelves!
One was a Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 (slightly older LD version) for only ¥2400, but WAAAY more important, I found another old Minolta prime from the 80's!
I adore these old metal Minolta lenses, they always produce amazing colors, contrast and sharpness on my Alpha bodies.
This was a Minolta prime, 135mm f/2.8. I have been looking around for this lens after reading great reviews on Dyxum.com, but all the ones I find are in the ¥40,000 price range, which I hesitate to pay for such an old lens that may or may not live up to expectations. Anyway, this little gem was only ¥3600 in almost mint condition, with the case!
So my body and lens selection for the UK trip are now as follows:
Sony SLT A77 (aps-c)
Sony 16-50mm f/2.8, Sony 35mm f1.8, Sony 85mm f/2.8
Minolta 24-105mm f/3-4.5, Minolta 50mm f/2.8 Macro, Minolta 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Minolta 135mm f/2.8
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 or Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 (not sure which yet, the 70-200 being much nicer, but also much bigger and heavier)
Samyang 8mm f/3.5
Plus ext flash, monopod and filters batteries etc.
All this fits JUST into my camera bag, yay!