Category Archives: LensWars – Comparisons

LensWars: Minolta MC Rokkor PF 100mm f/2.5 vs. MC Rokkor QE 100mm f/3.5 vs MD 100mm f/2.5

Comparison of lenses Minolta MC Rokkor PF 100mm 1:2.5 vs Minolta MC Rokkor QE 100mm 1:3.5 vs Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5

100mm is very popular portraiture focal distance for today, demanded by photographers. Instead of 135mm the number of available 100mm lenses are times less, and prices can’t be called as small. Each of these three tested lenses has a different feature that makes every lens strong. Therefore, the final choice is likely to be based not on the sharpness but on personal preferably of photographer. Anyway, let’s select a champion in resolution.

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LensWars: Minolta MC Rokkor PF 135mm f/2.8 vs. MC Rokkor QD 135mm f/3.5 vs MD 135mm f/2.8

Comparison of lenses Minolta MC Rokkor PF 135mm f/2.8, MC Rokkor QD 135mm f/3.5, and MD 135mm f/2.8.

135mm is the very popular focal distance for many styles of photography: portraiture, landscapes, street-photo, etc. – it’s great for scenes which are required compressed perspective for a more tight feeling of the picture. This comparison should show the difference between very budget manual 135mm lenses. Actually, Minolta produced the only one expensive 135mm – the famous MD 135mm 1:2.0, and all another 15 models for SR-mount looks cheap enough, so, three are here.

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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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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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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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LensWars: Chiyoko Super Rokkor 85mm f/2.8 vs. Minolta MD 85mm f/2.0

Comparison of lenses Chiyoko Super Rokkor 8.5cm 1:2.8 LTM (LSM), Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0

The one of the first versus one of the best. Not a battle actually, better to call it friendly match.

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LensWars: Minolta MD 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 vs. MD 28mm f/3.5 vs. MD 35mm f/2.8 vs. MD 50mm f/1.4 vs. MD 85mm f/2.0

One of the best zooms of pre-AF era is going to fight against famous primes on the most used focal distances. Yes, that primes are powerful, so the victory of zoom looks impossible but it will be great even if it can shows at least a close level of sharpness.

Welcome to see the comparison of Minolta MD 28-85mm 1:3.5-4.5 Zoom, Minolta MD 28mm 1:3.5, Minolta 35mm 1:2.8, Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.4, Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0
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LensWars: Minolta MC Rokkor PG 50mm f/1.4 vs. MD I Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 vs. MD II Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 vs. New MD 50mm f/1.4

Here you can see the comparison of Minolta-SR 50mm lenses – from Rokkor PG up to New MD – all are the best classic 50mm lenses ever, and this selection of winner is just an option – photographers can use any of these lenses without any doubts and without reading of this article, but it was curious to find out how the Minolta’s optics changes from generation to generation.

The comparison is big enough and may be boring, so, if you prefer to realize details – you need a patience to look over all diagrams with samples, if you just interested who are winner – go to the end of article, but such way is not recommend, because it would be better if someone control the authors conclusion.

Note for collectors or those who know many about Minolta: ‘MDIII’ term is not using to don’t confuse the other readers, so plain ‘MD’ means ‘MDIII/New MD’ Continue reading LensWars: Minolta MC Rokkor PG 50mm f/1.4 vs. MD I Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 vs. MD II Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 vs. New MD 50mm f/1.4

LensWars: Minolta MD 28mm f/2.0 vs. MD 28mm f/2.8(7×7) vs. MD 28mm f/2.8(5×5) vs. MD 28mm f/3.5 – 2nd round

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 28mm f/2.0 vs. MD 28mm f/2.8(7×7) vs. MD 28mm f/2.8(5×5) vs. MD 28mm f/3.5.

The first battle of 28mm Minolta MD (generation III) lenses was the first lenses-comparison on this site. That time I had copy of MD 28mm 1:2.8 5×5 version and MD 35mm 1:3.5 in bad cosmetic appearance. I believe that it didn’t affect the tests results, but after I got another copies of these lenses I’ve retook the tests. Here you can see the second comparison. Actually, there are no changes – result is close the same, as it was in the first time, but article design and conclusion text are changed for better displaying of tests results.

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LensWars: Canon FDn 35mm f/2.0 vs. Minolta MD 35mm f/1.8

Canon New FD 35mm 1:2.0 vs Minolta MD 35mm 1:1.8

35mm focal distance is on the second place by popularity after ‘fifties’ and it makes the fighting for ‘best 35mm lens’ award very important. Additionally, these pair of fast 35mm – Minolta MD and Canon FDn – are mostly known and can be named as legendary lenses. It’s strange for me that I can’t find head-to-head comparison in internet. So, let’s make it.

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