Reader, Rick D wrote in a while back to let me know that I missed several lenses in my XI line up.

XI equipment was Minolta’s attempt at motorized and automatic zoom functionality. Instead of a manual zoom ring these lenses has a system of switches and motors that moved the zoom function of the lens. This allowed the camera body to control lens zoom and allowed for effects such as maintaining a consistent subject size even when the subject was moving away from or toward the camera. This was a neat little function that did not really capture the hearts and minds of many. Despite their lack of popularity, XI lenses represent a quality and very affordable source of classic Minolta glass.

The XI lens that I missed:

  • 35-80mm f4-5.6

Rick also noted that

the 35-200 is by far the best of the lot, very good image quality even when compared to “normal” AF zoom lenses. Tested on a Konica-Minolta 7D and Alpha A77 and A77ii.

Thanks very much Rick for the information.