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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor PF 100mm 1:2.5

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor-PF 100mm 1:2.5 lens review. (‘MC II’ style by collectors classification)

Here is another one tele-lens by Minolta. Very suitable for portraits because it is ‘100mm fast’ – the focal distance is not too short, but the lens still convenient in operation. Also, it is ready for landscapes from F5.6 and totally sharp over the frame if closed to 8 – it makes this lens enough universal. Can be interesting for photographers who are looking for a mix of good IQ and classic rendering.

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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QD 135mm 1:3.5

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QD 135mm 1:3.5 lens review (Minolta MC-II type by collectors classification).

Small but very proud lens. Like many other lenses of that era, it is already very good in terms of performance, but in the next versions, it has been improved even more. The usual representative of  ‘Hills&Valleys’ hull design.

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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor PF 135mm 1:2.8

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor-PF 135mm 1:2.8 lens review.

This is the fast lens with classic focal distance – very suitable for portraits and landscapes. Tons of such lenses have been produced by a lot of competitors, many of them are beautiful, and it’s very hard for any lens to get a ‘recommended’ status in so huge and cool collective.

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LensWars: Minolta MC Rokkor QF 200mm f/3.5 vs. MC Rokkor PE 200mm f/4.5 vs MD 200mm f/2.8

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 200mm 1:2.8, Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QF 200mm 1:3.5 and Minolta MC Tele Rokkor PE 200mm 1:4.5

At first glance it seems that the fight is not very fair, because newer MD version is faster than previous MCs. But it turned out that speed is important of course, but not very much, look at the results.

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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QF 200mm 1:3.5

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QF 200mm F3.5 lens review (‘Hills & Valleys’ or ‘MC II’ style by collectors classification)

The first impression – it’s solid and heavy. It would be strange to recommend this lens today for photographers because many other much lighter options on 200mm focal distance are available, but for guys who like to take portraits with the feeling of a big piece of steel and glass in the hand – that’s the paradise. And it has a good IQ by the way.

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LensWars: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm f/4.5 vs. MD 300mm f/4.5

Comparison of lenses Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm f/4.5 (MC I), Minolta New-MD 300mm 1:4.5
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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm 1:4.5 (MC I)

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm 1:4.5 (MC I) lens review

It’s difficult for me to make an objective conclusion about this lens – I don’t use such focal distances in real photo-sessions. This is for something like birds or foxes or maybe for Moon. Anyway – I can test it over the standard way.

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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QE 100mm 1:3.5

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QE 100mm F3.5 lens review (‘MC I’ style by collectors classification)

During the digging for a lens for next tests, I found a few offers with Minolta MC 100mm 1:3.5. This is the final reincarnation number four of Minolta SR-mount 100mm lenses with minimal F=3.5. Production started in 1959 (AR-I design by collectors indexing) and finished with this MC-I between 1969-1970. The offers were so cheap that I could not resist and bought a lens without even planning it in advance.

Since the first test results were obtained I don’t understand – why Minolta stopped to produce it? This lens is one of the biggest sensations since the site was started.
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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor PE 200mm 1:4.5

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor PE 200mm f/4.5 lens review (Hills and Valleys, MC-II)

Classic or ‘vintage’ long lens with elegant shape and with the good enough IQ for any photographer task. Of course it has “steel and glass” construction as any lens from this line.

(Note: this is the starting article of the reviews cycle about Minolta MC Rokkor lenses in “Hills and Valleys” body design. Author hopes that every lens from this line will be tested on the site. Stay tuned, if you are interested.)

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LensWars: Minolta MD Zoom 75-150mm f/4.0 vs. MD 85mm f/2.0 vs. MD 135mm f/2.8

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD Zoom 75-150mm 1:4.0, Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0 and Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8. All lenses are New-MD generation (MDIII by collectors classification)

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