We went to the Java Hafla at Birdies in Westminster last night, and the hostess asked that I bring my camera along. I took it as an opportunity to play some more with the Minolta Maxxum 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 lens I recently purchased.
Shooting at Birdies is a challenge at the best of times, and when it’s crowded with dancers and on-lookers, it’s even harder. The lighting is poor and the space is cramped. So, I wasn’t really all that sure how many usable images I’d be able to get.
Even having made the mistake of not taking the big flash and Lightsphere with me, I was still able to get quite a few good pictures of the event, and was really quite pleased with the lens. Even in the poor conditions, focus was generally accurate and reasonably fast, with minimal hunting. Nothing was shot above ISO 400, and I generally let the camera make most of the exposure decisions.
The more I shoot with these older Minolta lenses, the more they impress me.