Currently I shoot almost everything with a Sony A55v and a Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4 “Beercan” lens. I really enjoy the Sony Alpha system. The mirrorless SLR allows a faster response time and multiple focal spots. I also find it tends to be a little quieter than the Nikon and Cannon systems I have looked at. I’m sure other more seasoned photographers would argue the Nikon and Cannon systems are better, but I have been shooting with Sony cameras in one form or another for over 25 years and that is what I am most comfortable with.
While not perfect, the “Beercan” it is a cost effective entry level telephoto lens. The “Beercan” is quite heavy, so if weight is an issue this may not be the best lens for you. The heft comes from all the extra glass in this lens, which creates a nice crisp image. These lens were originally built for the Minolta Maxxum line, which was quite popular. When Sony decided the wanted to get into the SLR game, they purchased the Minolta brand. This purchase gave them instant access to a series of older quality lenses with the A-mount system, allowing them to focus all their development on the camera body itself. For a more in depth review of the Minolta “Beercan”, for those camera junkies out there, check out this link.
What’s next? I’m hoping to upgrade to the A77ii later this year and I always have my eyes looking for a good deal on the Minolta “Big Beercan” 75-300/4.5-5.6.