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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LensWars: Minolta MC Rokkor PF 85mm f/1.7 vs. MD 85mm f/2.0

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0, Minolta MC Rokkor PF 85mm 1:1.7

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Demo Photos: Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5

This article demonstrates a few examples which were taken with Minolta MD 100/2.5.

Caption: Greece – Crete – Bali, Minolta MD 100mm F2.5, Sony A7II, Capture One, 2x resized

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LensRomantic: Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.4

Comparison of two similar copies Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.4 (New-MD, MD-III or Plain MD design)

Introduction note for the first article in this category:

Such comparisons can give us a piece of information about the degree of trust and the degree of applicability of lenses testing results. It can be interesting mostly for collectors or technicians and doesn’t contain extended conclusions or descriptions with transcripts of results – everything can be seen on samples diagrams. True photographers can skip it and immediately go to the lens review pages.

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Review: Minolta MC Rokkor PF 85mm 1:1.7

Minolta Rokkor MC PF 85mm F1.7 lens review (MCII).

This is another one legend by Minolta. A lot of photographers consider that it is the best portrait lens ever. And in overall unformal rating, it may stay on the second place by popularity, right after the bokeh-monster Rokkor 58mm F1.2 which I consider as mostly known Minolta lens.

One time I was lucky to get the copy in ‘like new’ condition with original lens-shade, caps and case and that occasion has driven me to find and review the full set of MC-II Minolta Rokkor lenses. Some of the articles have been published earlier but this lens was a driver to the whole idea. Continue reading Review: Minolta MC Rokkor PF 85mm 1:1.7

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