LensWars: Minolta MC W.Rokkor HH 35mm f/1.8 vs. MC W.Rokkor HG 35mm f/2.8 vs MD 35mm f/1.8
Comparison of lenses Minolta MC W.Rokkor HH 35mm f/1.8, Minolta MC W.Rokkor HG 35mm f/2.8, and Minolta New-MD 35mm f/1.8.
A very important test for me personally, and I think for many other photographers – 35mm focal distance is over-demanded and understanding “who’s the best” can help to make a correct choice of a lens.
The comparison of Minolta New-MD 35mm f/1.8 and Minolta New-MD 35mm f/2.8 has been already published on the site:
So, let’s go to the next stage – comparison of two 35mm MC II Rokkors and then with MD III 35/1.8 in the role of a base-line.
This comparison is correct only for conditions and equipment used for tests. Test results can differ if any element is changed.
Tested lenses reviews:
|MC 35mm F/1.8
||MC 35mm F/2.8
||MD 35mm F/1.8
|Optical Condition:||Good||Good||Very Good|
|Mechanical Condition:||Good||Good||Very good|
Note: “Average” cosmetic condition just means that lenses have many signs of use but nothing serious, all three looks like used tools with an own history of each.
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.
Minolta MC W.Rokkor HH 35mm f/1.8 vs Minolta MC W.Rokkor HG 35mm f/2.8:
Minolta New-MD 35mm f/1.8 vs Minolta MC W.Rokkor HG 35mm f/2.8:
A dedicated MCC3518 vs MD3518 comparison.
I’ve repeated the test of this pair a few times because of importance and here are one of the other tries:
‘What does it mean?’ – my conclusion:
Minolta MC W.Rokkor HG 35mm f/2.8 – can’t fight versus another two monsters. It’s a good lens but can give sharpness over the frame on F8+, it means so – nothing special. Nevertheless, I think that this lens can be used in some cases but sharpness isn’t a reason to acquire it.
Minolta MC W.Rokkor HH 35mm f/1.8 – very close by IQ to the latest MD III reincarnation. The same centers and middles positions and a little loose in corners. Not really bad but still noticeable and continuous up to F2.8+. Nevertheless, I think that this is one of the best lenses in the MC II generation.
Minolta MD 35mm f/1.8 – is the winner in this group and got the second-place among any other Minolta 35mm focal distance lenses.