LensWars: Minolta MD 100mm f/2.5 vs. MD Macro 100mm f/4.0

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5, Minolta MD Macro 100mm 1:4.0.

Both these lenses are from “must have” category, for different tasks of course – the macro and the tele, so, there is no need to choose one of these two – lenses aren’t competitors. The comparison has been performed just because of curiosity.

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LensRomantic: Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5

Comparison of two different copies of Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5. (New-MD, NMD, MDIII)

‘LensRomantic’ tests description is here. Tests of this type are mostly for collectors or tech-enthusiasts, for photographers I recommend to go directly to the lens review.

Minolta New-MD 100mm F2.5 is one of the best balanced portrait lenses – ideal combination of focal distance, aperture and IQ with weight and size. Some time ago, it was forgotten, but today the lens is becoming popular again, and it is harder and harder to find it.

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LensWars: Minolta MD Shift CA 35mm f/2.8 vs. MD 35mm f/2.8

Comparison of lenses Minolta New-MD Shift CA 35mm 1:2.8 (MD III, NMD), Minolta New-MD 35mm 1:2.8 (MD III, NMD)

The lenses have the same technical parameters, so the battle would have looked fair if it had not been known earlier that New-MD 35mm 1:2.8 is one of the sharpest lenses in the world at all.
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Review: Minolta MD Shift CA 35mm 1:2.8

Lens review: Minolta New-MD Shift CA 35mm 1:2.8 (New-MD, NMD, MD III)

This lens is enough rare and if I were not a fan of New-MD I think I would not hunt for it at all, even for the review. It is not difficult to find one of predecessors – Rokkor Shift MD 35mm 1:2.8 but this latest New-MD version is one from the top of the list ‘disappeared from all radars’.

Shift lenses are born for professional using by photographers with a narrow specialization – wikipedia.

Anyway, I was lucky to get one for the review. ✌
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LensRomantic: Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7

Comparison of two different copies of Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7. (New-MD, NMD, MDIII)

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Minolta New-MD 50mm F1.7 is from the top of popularity among other fifties – great IQ for a minimal price.

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LensRomantic: Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.0

Comparison of two different copies of Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.0. (New-MD, NMD, MDIII)

‘LensRomantic’ tests description is here. Tests of this type are mostly for collectors or tech-enthusiasts, for photographers I recommend to go directly to the lens review.

Minolta New-MD 135mm F2.0 – the true portraiture queen, and rare and expensive lens. I was glad for the chance to compare two different copies.

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LensWars: Minolta MC Macro Rokkor QE 100mm f/3.5 vs. MD Macro 100mm f/4.0

Comparison of lenses Minolta MC Macro Rokkor QE 100mm 1:3.5 (Hills&Valleys/Knurled, MCII) and Minolta MD macro 100mm 1:4 (New-MD, MDIII)

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

Minolta MC Macro Rokkor QE 100mm 1:3.5 (Hills&Valleys/Knurled design, or MCII by collector’s classification)

The first feeling: it’s not a lens – it’s a howitzer. Every Rokkor from pre-rubberized generations looks like a rock, but this macro-hundred is the champion among others. Even huge and twice heavier Rokkor MC 300mm 1:5.6 looks more elegant than this hunk of metal with a few pieces of glass.

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LensRomantic: Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.0

Comparison of two different copies of Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.0. (New-MD, NMD, MDIII)

‘LensRomantic’ tests description is here. Tests of this type are mostly for collectors or tech-enthusiasts, for photographers I recommend to go directly to the lens review.

Minolta New-MD 28mm F2.0 is the best in 28mm manual lenses line. I have a dream to compare it with modern lenses by Leica or Sony or something like that but for today can offer a just one another LensRomantic photo session.

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