Photos taken with the Exakta 70-210mm f4-5.6 MC Macro
A few years back I picked up an Exakta 70-210mm f4-5.6 MC Macro lens with Minolta/Sony ‘A’ mount fitting. I haven’t used this lens a lot because I much prefer to use prime lenses on my cameras so it is up for sale on Etsy (as of 12th August 2019).
I’ll be honest, it’s hardly an outstanding lens, but it has produced some decent photos. I have used it on my Sony A300 and A57 and at times it has produced some interesting bokeh and the sharpness is actually quite decent for a cheap zoom. Below are a selection of my favourite photos taken with this lens.
The Exakta 70-210mm on the Sony A57
The three photographs above were taken recently with the Exakta 70-210mm f4-5.6 MC Macro on my Sony A57. They are perhaps a little different than those below which were taken using my Sony A300 in 2017.
The Exakta 70-210mm on the Sony A300
As the photos here show the Exakta 70-210mm f4-5.6 MC Macro isn’t a bad lens. It’s never going to win any competitions but it is usable. It hunts a bit and the auto-focus is noisy but the range is quite nice (even on APS-C) and I especially like the bokeh when used wide open. As I mentioned earlier, it can be pretty sharp too.
The Sony A57 vs the Sony A300 – My opinon
I have to be honest and say that I’ve not been overly impressed with the Sony A57. My copy has a problem with its ‘anti-shake’ vibration control system so it didn’t cost me much, but if I had paid full price for a new A57 I might be a little disappointed.
Compared to the Sony A300, on paper it’s clearly the better camera. It’s more modern, has more pixels, has more features and is an all round higher spec’d piece of equipment, however I don’t like the ergonomics anywhere near as much as the A300 and I have big problems with the metering. I’m sure that if I spent more time with the A57, studied the manual and used it more, I might find it a more capable machine. The truth is that I’m really enjoying using my Nikon D300 at the moment and I don’t feel like picking up the Sony. The Nikon really is a tremendous bit of kit!
I will write more about the Sony A300 another time because it’s the (digital) camera that I cut my teeth on, but for now… I’m off! Thanks for reading.