LensRomantic: Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7

Comparison of two different copies of Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7. (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 50mm F1.7 is from the top of popularity among other fifties – great IQ for a minimal price.

Copy #1 Copy #2
Serial: 9117464 8408447
Optical Condition: Near Mint Near Mint
Mechanical Condition: Near Mint Near Mint
Cosmetic Condition: Very Good 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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Minolta New-MD 50mm F1.7 full 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 changed during the session.

Scene preview:

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Test results:

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‘What does it mean?’ – my conclusion:

Tested lenses have a little difference in IQ, Copy #1 looks a little better for me. Such difference wouldn’t affect the result of real photography and can be spotted only in head-to-head comparisons.
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