Advice on Minolta lenses for Sony?

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  1. Genocide

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    Hi, currently I have a Sony A200 and only have the kit lens :( So I'm looking to expand, and saw that some of those Minolta lenses look like a bargain.

    Though I'm not completely certain which lenses will work, could anyone help?

    Was looking at these auctions:

    Minolta Dynax 700si, Sigma Lens and Flash for sale - TradeMe.co.nz - New Zealand

    Minolta Dynax 500si SLR + Lenses & Accessories for sale - TradeMe.co.nz - New Zealand

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=247046456

    I was also looking for advice on buying this lens:

    MINOLTA AF 50 f1.7 lens - Superb !! for sale - TradeMe.co.nz - New Zealand

    I know it will work with the A200, but is it worth it? It looks like a good portrait lens.

    All of those prices are NZ dollars.

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    The Minolta AF 50 f. 1.7 lens tested out better than the f. 1.4 lens by Popular Photography and is worth about $300 and change new. The $199 buy now price is probably realistic, if it is in excellent condition. I would probably not bid beyond $150 assuming that I was confident that every other factor was accurate and legitimate including of course the reputation of the seller and delivery details.

    I however relate to Canadian or American dollars and have no idea how NZ dollars fits in to this perspective.

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    Thanks for the advice. $150 US = around $200 NZ.

    Apparently there is a minor fungus on the rear of the lens. Would this still be a good purchase anyway?

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    Also, I would appreciate some help on that 700si auction. Would that Minolta flash work with the Sony Alpha A200? Same with that Sigma lens?

    Cheers.
     
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    I bought the Minolta 50/1.7 a couple of years ago for about $50-60 on ebay. It had a small nick on the casing and came without a lens cover, but it works like a charm.

    I highly recommend that lens, and I think if you looked around a little more you might be able to find it for cheaper....but I'm not sure how pricing is in New Zealand.
     
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    Fungus on the lens is a bad deal. I would skip it. It may be small now. But may expand larger as time goes on. Best to keep looking.
     
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    I would totally agree.

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    Thanks for the tip.

    The buy now on that one with fungus was $200, and a new Sony 50mm f1.8 is $280. Would you say it is best to just spend the extra $80 and get a new, modern lens? (SAL50F18)
     
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    The other approach is to look at pawn shops in small towns. I found a Minolta autofocus camera with 2 lenses for 300 dollars. The lenses were worth more than that irrespective of the camera.

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