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Lens QA Works at the end of 2018

The LensQAworks has been started as ‘just for fan’ project at September 2017, and the first lens review was published 17 January 2018. A year has passed since then, and this is a good point to take stock.

The first and only idea was to make tests with each the lens of Minolta New MD primes product line (except bellows),  but later the number of the lens become wider and wider.  So, the main, but not single, targeted collection is Minolta New MD primes lenses line. No selections here – every lens from this line should be tested. This is the completion list for today (4 lenses marked by red still wanted):

Minolta MD FISH-EYE 7.5mm 1:4
Minolta MD FISH-EYE 16mm 1:2.8 – review is coming soon
Minolta MD 17mm 1:4
Minolta MD 20mm 1:2.8
Minolta MD 24mm 1:2.8
Minolta MD VFC 24mm 1:2.8
Minolta MD 28mm 1:2
Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.8 7×7 design
Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.8 5×5 design
Minolta MD 28mm 1:3.5
Minolta MD 35mm 1:1.8
Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8
Minolta SHIFT CA 35mm 1:2.8
Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.2
Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.4
Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7
Minolta MD 50mm 1:2
Minolta MD MACRO 50mm 1:3.5
Minolta MD 85mm 1:2
Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5
Minolta MD MACRO 100mm 1:4
Minolta MD 135mm 1:2
Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8
Minolta MD 135mm 1:3.5
Minolta MD 200mm 1:2.8
Minolta MD 200mm 1:4
Minolta MD 300mm 1:4.5
Minolta MD APO TELE 400mm 1:5.6
Minolta RF 500mm 1:8
Minolta RF 800mm 1:8

One lens was excluded – Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.8 Varisoft, but as I know this lens has been never spotted anywhere in real world,  so there is not evidences that it was really built for production, only picture is available (thanks for Minolta Collectors FB group):


As it turned out after the start of the project, it is very difficult to stop to make a reviews, therefore new and new articles appear on the site.

The pride of the project – reviews of all Chiyoda Kogaku 50mm LTM lenses (pre-Minolta):

Chiyoda Kogaku 50mm 1:1.8
Chiyoko 50mm 1:2.0
Chiyoko 50mm 1:2.8

And one more tele-Chiyoko:

Chiyoko 85mm 1:2.8

Minolta MD Zooms selection contains most interesting lenses, it isn’t final list (MD 75-150mm 1:4.0 is coming 2019 and may be a few other):

Minolta MD ZOOM 24-35mm 1:3.5
Minolta MD ZOOM 24-50mm 1:4
Minolta MD ZOOM 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.8
Minolta MD ZOOM 28-85mm 1:3.5-4.5
Minolta MD ZOOM 35-70mm 1:3.5
Minolta MD ZOOM 35-135mm 1:3.5-4.5
MD 75-150mm 1:4.0 – coming soon

Additionally, a few popular MD and MC Rokkors fifties have been reviewed:

Minolta MC PG 50mm 1:1.4
Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.4 7×5 design
Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.4 7×6 design

Not Minolta only has released good lenses, but Canon too:

Canon FDn 35mm 1:2
Canon FDn 50mm 1:1.2
Canon FDn 50mm 1:1.4

And here is a few of Canon S and Canon Serenar, it was impossible to pass these steel beauties:

Canon S 50mm 1:1.4
Canon S 50mm 1:1.5
Canon S 50mm 1:1.8

Even modern Sony is presented:

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

The big part of lens researching is ‘Lens Wars’ – detailed sets with comparisons of technical abilities of lenses in real conditions. It’s impossible to compare all lenses in all aspects, but most interesting data can be found in these articles.

That’s isn’t the end, plans for the next 2019 are selected and work has begun already.

I didn’t think seriously about monetize of this site, but one form of donate is possible:

If you have an extra lens and want to read review about it – then send this lens to me (‘lensqaworks’ at ‘google mail’). Especially if it is Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.8 Varisoft, or modern Sony Zeiss with auto-focus for billion dollars, but any another would be nice too. No returns, sorry )))

Enjoy and stay tuned!

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