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  1. myopia

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    I am a newbie who has a question about lens choices. I prefer to use blk+wht film in low-light conditions. Which (reasonably priced) lens would suffice? I use a minolta x-370.

    Also, on a different note- would an upgrade to a Canon AE-1 be worthwhile? (i can use my dad's)
     
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    anybody?
     
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    A 50mm f/1.8 (or 1.7, I don't know Minoltas lens line) would be a great lens for you in low light.

    Using a Canon AE-1 is only worthwhile if you have access to more/better lenses. The body is just a light tight box essentially. I don't know anything about the Minolta x-370 to really compare though.
     
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    Does the Minolta have any 50/1.8 lens? If that's the case, that should suffice. You really don't need to go to a Canon AE1 (I can't believe I'm saying this, I'm a Canon AE1/A1 user as well...:lol: ) as long as you have that low light shooting lens, the 50/1.8 or 50/1.4. As I dont know the Minolta system very well, I don't really know if there are 50/1.4 lenses for it but I assume they do have the regular 50/1.8.

    IMHO, stay with the Minolta and upgrade only the lens.
     
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    i have a 50mm/1.7, but if i used the cannon AE-1, i could be using a 50mm 1.4

    would this switch make THAT much of a difference?
     
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    Then you're all set! You don't really want to spend the extra $$ for the Canon 50/1.4, the gain in aperture is somewhat insignificant and the Canon 50/1.8 is a better lens overall than the 50/1.4

    Just my thoughts...
     
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    okay, now that i've cleared that up... i am in the market for a new lens- something fast and for my minolta, specifically a wide angle.
    Should i be looking for a 35, 28, 24 ?
     
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    I would definitely look at Tamron SP 17mm Adaptall for an extreme WA.

    There's the 28mm lens on Ebay.

    The 17-28 zoom by Vivitar on Ebay.

    The 16mm Zenitar (Russian) Fish Eye WA lens on Ebay.

    The 19-35 Zoom by Vivitar on Ebay.

    From all of the above I'd still go with the Rokkors made by Minolta (the 28mm Minolta lens).

    Hope this helps.
     
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    amazing. thanks a LOT !
     

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