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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
Serial: 8001096 8001251
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.

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Tested lens review:

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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:

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.

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