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LensWars: Minolta MD 100mm f/2.5 vs. MD Macro 100mm f/4.0

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5, Minolta MD Macro 100mm 1:4.0.

Both these lenses are from the “must-have” category, for different tasks of course – the macro and the tele, so, there is no need to choose one of these two – lenses aren’t competitors. The comparison has been performed just because of curiosity.

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 (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:

That’s test results are very simple to understand: both lenses work very similar at the center and middle position, but in the corner, Macro one provides noticeable better details.

Minolta MD 100mm F4.0 Macro has won this war.


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