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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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LensWars: Canon FDn 50mm f/1.2 vs. Minolta MD 50mm f/1.2

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.2, Canon New FD 50mm 1:1.2

This comparison is very important for the honor of both manufacturing companies. Especially for Canon, because this company exists until now. Minolta has nothing to lose, you know. That’s why additionally to the test on infinity distance I’ve made the comparison on close distance with field curvature compensation. Two different tests with different approach will help to better understanding the behavior of these lenses.

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LensWars: Canon FDn 50mm f/1.2 vs. Canon FDn 50mm f/1.4

I hope that comparison with such level of precision and details will be enough to full answer for the question about advantages of these two lenses.

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LensWars: Minolta MD 135mm f/2.8 vs. MD 135mm f/3.5

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8, Minolta MD 135mm 1:3.5

There is repeated again and again on many resources that Minolta MD 135mm f/3.5 has a great sharpness. It’s true. And just imagine – if the cheapest and simplest Minolta MD 135mm has so great reputation, what’s about others?
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