LensWars: Canon FDn 50mm f/1.4 vs. Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4

This comparison is correct only for conditions and equipment used for tests. Test results can be differ if any element is changed.

I consider this article to be the my most serious attempt to answer the question – which 50mm F1.4 lens is better – Canon New FD or Minolta MD.
There are many such comparisons on the Internet. But not one of the known for me does not satisfy me. The reasons are different: some has been made on a crop camera, some compares 58mm lens with a 50mm lens from the same distance, some compares Canon New FD with Minolta Old MC. Someone simply makes mistakes in focusing, or does not remember about the field curvature. Or performs the tests at a distance of 50 cm and in the center only.

But this is a very important comparison. The fact is that such lenses, 50/1.4 – are the main point of the product lines for all serious companies. Having of the best fast fifty in production line can be named as ‘companies honor’. Even for today. As you can see, I understand the responsibility.

Regarding to Canon FDn 50/1.4 and Minolta MD 50/1.4: both lenses are very similar. Flange focal distance is 41.9mm for Canon and 43.50mm for Minolta. Both are from the last product lines of the pre-autofocus era. Both were in production at the same time. Both have the same schemes – 7 elements in 6 groups, ‘planars’. Both even look similar. Prices on auctions are very close.. Etc. OK, let’s do the comparison
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LensWars: Chiyoko Super Rokkor 50mm f/2.8 vs. Super Rokkor 50mm f/2.0 – comparison

Comparison of lenses Chiyoko (Minolta) Super Rokkor 50mm 1:2.0, Chiyoko (Minolta) Super Rokkor 50mm 1:2.8

I have warm feelings for both lenses, and it isn’t secret that 50/2.0 is more powerful, but it may be interesting to see the difference on real samples.

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Review: Chiyoko Super Rokkor 50mm f:2.8 Minolta

Chiyoko Super Rokkor 1:2.8 f=5cm C (Minolta) lens review.

This lens isn’t interesting for modern photographers, and it isn’t surprise that nobody expects a great IQ from such class of optics, but it took the personal place in history of photo-industry.

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Review: Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA

Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA (SEL35F28Z) lens review.

One of the first two lenses were produced by Sony for A7 cameras series. The new age of digital photography has been started with this 35/2.8.

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Review: Minolta MD macro 100mm 1:4

Minolta New MD macro 100mm F4.0 lens review.

Not often we can say ‘must have’ about lenses, but this 100mm macro is that case – ideal for macro or objects photography for reasonable price and without weakness. Even autofocus isn’t necessary for such styles of photography.

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