LensWars: Minolta MC Rokkor QF 200mm f/3.5 vs. MC Rokkor PE 200mm f/4.5 vs MD 200mm f/2.8

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 200mm 1:2.8, Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QF 200mm 1:3.5 and Minolta MC Tele Rokkor PE 200mm 1:4.5

At first glance it seems that the fight is not very fair, because newer MD version is faster than previous MCs. But it turned out that speed is important of course, but not very much, look at the results.

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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QF 200mm 1:3.5

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QF 200mm F3.5 lens review (‘Hills & Valleys’ or ‘MC II’ style by collectors classification)

The first impression – it’s solid and heavy. It would be strange to recommend this lens today for photographers because many other much lighter options on 200mm focal distance are available, but for guys who like to take portraits with the feeling of a big piece of steel and glass in the hand – that’s the paradise. And it has a good IQ by the way.

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The focus point position – influence on test results

I would like to share some observations that accumulate during lens testing. This is a quite long article, mostly not about tests only, but about differences between ‘similar’ lenses so it can be interesting for those who are involved in collecting or lens testing.

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LensWars: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm f/4.5 vs. MD 300mm f/4.5

Comparison of lenses Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm f/4.5 (MC I), Minolta New-MD 300mm 1:4.5
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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm 1:4.5 (MC I)

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm 1:4.5 (MC I) lens review

It’s difficult for me to make an objective conclusion about this lens – I don’t use such focal distances in real photo-sessions. This is for something like birds or foxes or maybe for Moon. Anyway – I can test it over the standard way.

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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QE 100mm 1:3.5

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QE 100mm F3.5 lens review (‘MC I’ style by collectors classification)

During the digging for a lens for next tests, I found a few offers with Minolta MC 100mm 1:3.5. This is the final reincarnation number four of Minolta SR-mount 100mm lenses with minimal F=3.5. Production started in 1959 (AR-I design by collectors indexing) and finished with this MC-I between 1969-1970. The offers were so cheap that I could not resist and bought a lens without even planning it in advance.

Since the first test results were obtained I don’t understand – why Minolta stopped to produce it? This lens is one of the biggest sensations since the site was started.
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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor PE 200mm 1:4.5

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor PE 200mm f/4.5 lens review (Hills and Valleys, MC-II)

Classic or ‘vintage’ long lens with elegant shape and with the good enough IQ for any photographer task. Of course it has “steel and glass” construction as any lens from this line.

(Note: this is the starting article of the reviews cycle about Minolta MC Rokkor lenses in “Hills and Valleys” body design. Author hopes that every lens from this line will be tested on the site. Stay tuned, if you are interested.)

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LensWars: Minolta MD Zoom 75-150mm f/4.0 vs. MD 85mm f/2.0 vs. MD 135mm f/2.8

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD Zoom 75-150mm 1:4.0, Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0 and Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8. All lenses are New-MD generation (MDIII by collectors classification)

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Review: Minolta MD Zoom 75-150mm 1:4.0

Minolta New-MD Zoom 150mm F/4 (MDIII) lens review.

There are a few popular 2x-zooms produced by genius of Minolta’s engineers. Everyone knows at least ‘Leica’ MD 35-70/3.5 /sarcasm/ and I can add into that list Minolta MD 24-50/4 and may be 1.5x MD 24-35/3.5. This MD 75-150/4 is the further level. See the test results please.

Tested copy is in beautiful condition in all aspects, something like ‘Near Mint’ in Japanese sellers terminology. No any traces of disassembling and damages.

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Oil on blades – how to fix it without total disassembling

The condition of a lens for reviews and tests can be any, until it doesn’t affect image quality and testing process. ‘Oiled aperture’ is in the list of such typical issues, but visible oil or stacked blades can significantly affect the price, so, it helps to save money of tester. And that’s would be great, if defect can be repaired without big efforts.

Note: demonstrated method isn’t a silver bullet – owner still needs a number of tools, skills and time.

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