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LensWars: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm f/4.5 vs. MD 300mm f/4.5

Comparison of lenses Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm f/4.5 (MC I), Minolta New-MD 300mm 1:4.5

MC 300mm F/4.5
MD 300mm F/4.5
Serial: 3502401 8005219
Optical Condition: Like new Like new
Mechanical Condition: Like new Like new
Cosmetic Condition: Like new Like new

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

Tested lenses reviews:


Long distance – sharpness:

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 were made with apertures from fully opened and up to F16. ISO-100. Shutter Speed – depends on light (camera A-mode). SteadyShot – OFF. Focus was manually corrected for each shot to exclude focus-shift.

Finally, pictures were converted from ARW-files in Capture One with default settings (files have a slight light correction, for better visual convenience in comparison), then cut into 300×200 px elements (100% crops), combined into diagrams and exported into JPEG-files.

  • I am just a man, I do not pretend that in all cases my focus settings were absolutely accurate. But I aspired to it.

Scene preview:


Test results:


‘What does it mean?’ – my conclusion:

It is easy to see that New-MD is better in some positions. Especially in corners. I do not think that a detailed description is needed, everything is in the diagram.


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