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LensWars: Minolta MD Shift CA 35mm f/2.8 vs. MD 35mm f/2.8

Comparison of lenses Minolta New-MD Shift CA 35mm 1:2.8 (MD III, NMD), Minolta New-MD 35mm 1:2.8 (MD III, NMD)

The lenses have the same technical parameters, so the battle would have looked fair if it had not been known earlier that New-MD 35mm 1:2.8 is one of the sharpest lenses in the world at all.

MD Shift CA 35mm 1:2.8 MD 35mm 1:2.8
Serial: 8001061 8027160
Optical Condition: Mint Mint
Mechanical Condition: Mint Mint
Cosmetic Condition: Near Mint Near Mint

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

Tested lenses reviews links:



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.

  • Sunlight has been changed during the session.

Scene preview:


Test results:


‘What does it mean?’ – my conclusion:

The conclusion is very simple – Shift CA lens hasn’t chances against the monster MDIII 35/2.8 from the sharpness point of view. Just note: sharpness is just a one of the possible parameters of lenses.


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