LensWars: Minolta MC Macro Rokkor QF 50mm f/3.5 vs. MD 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 50mm 1:3.5 Macro (MD III, New-MD, NMD), Minolta MC Rokkor QF 50mm 1:3.5 (MC II, Hills&Valleys, “Plain”).
This is yet another battle between the generations. But I want to say in advance – regardless of the test result, in macro photography, both the lenses fully cope with their tasks because of closed apertures in this style of photography. Differences can be found at an infinite distance, but it will not affect the choice of the photographer.
|MC Rokkor QF 50mm 1:3.5||MD 50mm 1:3.5|
|Optical Condition:||average (a few thin scratches on the front element)||near mint|
|Mechanical Condition:||near mint||near 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 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.
‘What does it mean?’ – my conclusion:
Note: this is the simple comparison on the infinity distance. It is suitable for macro lenses regardless of the fact that they are designed for shooting at short distances. Nevertheless, in the future, a more extended test will certainly be carried out for such lenses.
On opened apertures F3.5 and F5.6 and in the center and middle positions – the New-MD version is significantly better than older Rokkor MC, but Rokkor is amazing in corners and won there up to F8. Such the strange distribution of sharpness over the frame is rare but happens. Anyway, the newer Minolta MD 50/3.5 Macro is preferable because of the total amount of sharpness on photos and of the importance of the middle position for compositions in photography.