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Review: Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5

Another Minolta MD (New-MD, MD III) 100mm F2.5 lens review.

‘The best’ – are appropriated words if linked with this 100/2.5. Guarantied result on a taken photo, no any surprises, no need to close aperture. Was underrated but it looks like that people start to understand what gem it is and prices started to grow.

After getting a new lens, I always take a few technical shots to understand its strengths and weaknesses – usually it helps me a lot to start using unknown lens with much less of doubt. One day I decided that my data might be interesting for someone else and this site has been made.
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Minolta New-MD 100mm 1:2.5 main parameters:

minolta.eazypix.de index 152
Name engraved on lens MD
f[mm] 100
A max [1/f] 2,5
A min[1/f] 22
Lens design [el.] 5
Lens design [gr.] 5
Filter thread Ø front(rear)[mm] 49
Lens Shade built-in
closefocus[m/ft] 1/3.5
Dimension Ø x length [mm] 64×65.5
Weight[g] 310
Year 1981
Style MD III
Code No. (ROKKOR-X) or Order No. 598-100

Floating elements NO (full support by autofocused adapters)
Aperture blades number 6
Average international price (sold items) 2019: USD 150-200
Reviewed lens SN: 1101416


Lens exterior:

(Please, forgive me the dust on the lens, I never have the patience to clean objects for close-up photo sessions)

Mounted on Minolta X-700:

Resolution – close distance:

Test description: target is a 10×15 cm picture (printed, glossy photo paper), fixed on the wall by scotch. Distance – about 10% longer than minimal focus distance marked on the lens. Camera Sony A7II (24mpx, full frame) was fixed on the tripod and managed remotely with computer display as a viewfinder. All groups of shots were repeated 9 times for every target position on all apertures from fully opened up to F16, ISO-100, WB – same for all shots. SteadyShot – OFF. Focus was manually corrected for each shot. After all needed shots have been taken for one target position – I moved  the target to the next place.

test_scene_view300x200

Main idea – to exclude the field curvature affect on so close distance.

Of course, I can’t be absolutely accurate, but so many repeats of shots – 4 for corners, 2 for long side, 2 for short side are giving me insurance that test results are correct.

Finally, pictures were converted from ARW-files in Capture One with default settings (Some single files have a slight light correction, for better visual convenience in comparison), then cropped for 300×200 px elements, combined into diagrams and exported into JPEG-files.

Scene preview:

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Test results (selected version, easy to compare – 4 positions):

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Test results (full version – all 9 positions):

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Resolution – long distance:

Test description: Camera Sony A7II (24mpx, full frame) was fixed on the tripod and managed remotely with computer display as a viewfinder. Targets (buildings) were fixed by gravity power on the distances in more than 200 meters. All shots have been taken with apertures from fully opened up to F16. ISO-100. Shutter Speed – depends on light (camera A-mode), WB – fixed and the same for all shots. SteadyShot – OFF. Focus was manually corrected for each shot to exclude focus-shift affect.

Finally, pictures were converted from ARW-files in Capture One with default settings (Some single files have a slight light correction, for better visual convenience in comparison), then were cropped for 300×200 px elements, combined into diagrams and exported into JPEG-files.

Scene preview:

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Test results:

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Vignetting:

(frames scaled – 300×200)


Geometric distortion:

(frame scaled 1200×800)


Coma aberrations:

(100% crops – 300×200)


Chromatic aberrations:

(100% crops – 300×200)


Close distance bokeh:

Test conditions: lens was focused on to minimal distance (1m), plants were fixed in 3m distance from camera in front of the window with bright light from outside.

(frame scaled 1200×800, bokeh covers the frame partially)


Long distance bokeh:

Test conditions: lens was focused on half distance on the scale (1.7m), houses were fixed in infinity distance on the ground.

(frame scaled 1200×800)


Light dots bokeh:

Test conditions: lens was focused on to minimal distance + 10% of scale (about 1.1m), diodes were  fixed in 3m distance at the dark background.

(frame scaled 1200×800)


Demo Photos dedicated article

Some of examples:


Another resources with tests:

phillipreeve.net


My overall conclusion about the Minolta N-MD 100mm 1:2.5F (Minolta MD III 100mm F/2.5):

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I can not be objective, because this lens is one of my favorite – the second number in any trips (after 50mm normal). It’s a bomb, surprise, gem, etc. I use it for portraits a lot, but not only. Need a great shot? Just point and shoot a camera with this lens. On any aperture. Wide opened this is absolutely sharp. It has nice fire resistance and build-in hood for hard light conditions. And one of the best bokeh I have ever seen with a really little aberrations, that is strange for such beautiful bokeh. Small-sized  and lightweight for this focal distance. Previous years I thought that this is one of most underrated Minolta lens ever, but not for today – prices fly up more and more.


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