Been playing with a 25 year old Minolta 70-210mm f/4 "Beercan" today, mounted on a Sony A33. Big chunk of metal and glass but it feels great to use. Made my more modern lenses feel really cheap and it seems to focus just as quickly and accurately as the newer stuff too. |
Always nice to have something that has a nickname, like the "Plastic Fantastic" 50mm f/1.8. Gives an object more personality and seems to make any shortcomings feel like quirks instead of annoyances.
Will be trying out a "Secret Handshake" next week; another old Minolta but this one's 28-135mm f/4-4.5.
They just don't make 'em like this any more. Admittedly that may be because back then they hadn't worked out how to mould plastic, but still
Falling in love with a Beercan
I also have a beercan, more like an aluminium thermos: an Eastern European CZ Triotar from the 50s, 135mm prime. It takes great macro shots and portraits and has a total of 15 aperture blades to produce those silky smooth OOF effects:
Will try to get some pics. Not mine yet but I really liked the A33 as a camera anyway so that might be an option for me.
Didn't realise how much I missed the fast AF a larger camera gives you. The PENs and NEXs of this world are great at what they do but I have missed so many shots of my daughter waiting for the beep.