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Minolta AF lens list prices from 'back in the day'.

 

The prices below were culled from period publications, and receipts sent in by readers. 

 

Some prices for a few lenses seem quite high, and almost unbelievable for that time, but I do know that two of the lens prices match up very well with what my Dad paid for those same lenses in the late 1980s from receipts, so I believe the lower prices listed below are probably close to, say within 10% of what you'd expect to pay in the US at the date listed, with the higher prices being suggested retail prices. 

 

The first column lists the lens model with appropriate designation, like "G" or "APO" etc.  If there is no designation, that probably means it was an original model, before the upgrade.  The second column lists the price, the first price is the lowest from my data, the second price is the highest.  If only one price is listed, it means I only had one source for that lens model.  The third column is the year for the price, the first entry is the earliest, the second the latest.  If only one year is listed, it means I only had one source.  The fourth column lists the old prices converted to 2010 US Dollars; I used the highest old price for the conversion to current prices.  The converted Dollar figure is for fun only as it has little relevance today because lens technology and manufacturing technics have improved greatly, which allows lens prices to be far lower with better optical quality than they were just 8-10 years ago.

 

Anyone have hard info on prices?  If so, send a scanned copy of a receipt or period photography publication so I can add to the list, and make it more accurate, Thanks.

 

Prime lenses below.

 

Minolta AF Lens model

List price in US dollars

Date of price

Converted to 2010 US Dollars

16mm F/2.8 Fisheye

$640 - $1017

1986-1990

$1700

20mm F/2.8

$429 - $744

1986-1990

$1244

24mm F/2.8

$436

1990

$727

28mm F/2

$658

1990

$1100

28mm F/2.8

$209

1990

$349

35mm F/1.4 G

$996 - $1214

1987-1990

$2030

35mm F/2

$332 - $402

1987-1990

$671

50mm F/1.4

$243 - $266

1990-1991

$426

50mm F/1.7

$184 - $111

1988-1990

$307

50mm F/2.8 macro

$456-$521

1989-1990

$869

85mm F/1.4 G

$1444

1994

$2120

100mm F/2

$477-$607

1987-1990

$1010

100mm F/2.8 macro

$628-$829

1989-1990

$1380

100mm F/2.8 soft focus

$1280

1995

$1830

135mm F/2.8

$209

1990

$349

135mm F/2.8 STF

$1813

1999

$2370

200mm F/2.8 APO (not HS)

$1090-$1334

1987-1990

$2230

300mm F/2.8 APO

$5282

1990

$8810

300mm F/4 APO HS G

$1600

1995

$2290

500mm F/8 reflex

$697-$684

1989-1990

$1160

600mm F/4 APO

$8547

1990

$14300


Zoom lenses.

 

Minolta AF Lens model

List price in US dollars

Date of price

Converted to 2010 US Dollars

17-35mm F/3.5 G

$2856

1997

$3880

20-35mm F/3.5-4.5

$840

1998

$1120

24-50mm F/4

$415-$496

1987-1990

$727

28-85mm F/3.5-4.5 original

$325-$596

1990-1994

$877

28-135mm F/4-4.5

$525-$512

1986-1990

$854

28-70mm F/2.8 G

$2170

1996

$3020

35-70mm F/4

$132

1985

$268

35-80mm F/4-5.6 shutter cap (?)

$202 - $231

1988-1990

$385

35-105mm F/3.5-4.5

$376

1990

$627

70-210mm F/4 'Beercan'

$192

1985

$389

70-210mm F/3.5-4.5

$338-376

1988-1990

$627

75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 'Big Beercan'

$532-$744

1986-1990

$1240

80-200mm F/2.8 APO (black)

$1368-$1641

1990

$2740

80-200mm F/4.5-5.6 shutter cap

$282

1990

$470

100-200mm F/4.5

$210-$171

1986-1990

$350

100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 APO

$670

1994

$986

100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 APO (D)

$1116

2001

$1370

100-400mm F/4.5-6.7

$1400

1995

$2000

 

After receiving more information on prices, I'd have to say you could probably subtract 10% from the lower prices on the lenses above, and come to a realistic, (local camera shop) retail price in the US. 

 

Magazine ads scans, and dealer pages.

 

This ad is probably from the late 1980s, and obviously from a discount NY camera shop, maybe B&H photo or Adorama.  This is a magazine scan sent here by a reader of the site.  The prices listed in this ad are mostly lower than what you see in the charts above, but this is from a discount dealer, and most people back then didn't buy through mail-order.

 

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The next three ads were sent in by kind readers from "Sony club Russia."  The first two images are from dealers price pages, the last is a print ad probably from a NY photo retailer in the late 1980s. The image sizes are a little small and hard to read, but this is what they sent.

 

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