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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.

Copy #1 Copy #2
Serial: 1003051 1001760
Optical Condition: Good Excellent
Mechanical Condition: Very Good Near Mint
Cosmetic Condition: Average Near Mint

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

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Tested lenses review:

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 (some single 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.

Notes:
  • Sunlight has been slightly changed during the session.

Scene preview:

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Test results:

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‘What does it mean?’ – my conclusion:

I don’t see any difference which should be mentioned.

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