LensRomantic: Minolta MD 35mm 1:1.8
Comparison of two different copies of Minolta MD 35mm 1:1.8. (New-MD, NMD, MDIII)
‘LensRomantic’ test 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 35mm F1.8 can be alone in a photographer’s lens set, and it would be enough for everything.
One of the tested copies is waiting for re-lubrication of the helicoid, but I’m sure this fact can’t affect the sharpness/resolution.
|Copy #1||Copy #2|
|Optical Condition:||Near Mint||Excellent|
|Mechanical Condition:||Very Good||Mint|
|Cosmetic Condition:||Good||Near Mint|
This comparison is correct only for conditions and equipment used for tests. Test results can differ if any element is changed.
Tested lens 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.
- Sunlight has been changed during the session.
‘What does it mean?’ – my conclusion:
I do not see differences that are worth mentioning. Can’t say that both are twins because of a slight (very slight) advantage of the copy #1 at the corner if wide opened but it is too little to speak about it.