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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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LensWars: Minolta MD 135mm f/2.0 vs. MD 135mm f/2.8

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.0, Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8

Two the best 135mm lenses in absolutely different prices categories.

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LensWars: Minolta MD Zoom 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5 vs. MD 35mm f/2.8, MD 50mm f/2.0, MD 85mm f/2.0, MD 135mm f/2.8

Results of the zoom looks good enough, but anyway it wasn’t easy battle.

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LensWars: Minolta MD Zoom 35-70mm f/3.5 macro vs. Sony CZ FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA, MD 50mm f/1.4

The famous zoom versus famous primes. Tired of listening to theoretical opinions about how good this zoom is? Now you can see it with your own eyes in details.

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LensWars: Minolta MD Zoom 24-50mm f/4.0 vs. MD 24mm f/2.8, MD 28mm f/2.8 (5×5), MD 35mm f/2.8, MD 50mm f/1.4

In most of cases a top rated fixed focal lenses are better than zooms, but it isn’t always true, and here is the one of exclusions.
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LensWars: Minolta MD Zoom 24-35mm f/3.5 vs. MD 24mm f/2.8, MD 28mm f/2.8 (5×5), MD 35mm f/2.8

Minolta MD Zoom 24-35mm 1:3.5 vs. primes lenses comparison.

It is believed that the sharpness of prime lenses is better than that of the zooms. By the way, this is not always true. And usually few people imagine how noticeable the difference is. Such comparisons are needed to know exactly which lens you need to take with you for a walk.

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LensWars: Canon FDn 50mm f/1.4 vs. Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4

This comparison is correct only for conditions and equipment used for tests. Test results can be differ if any element is changed.

I consider this article to be the my most serious attempt to answer the question – which 50mm F1.4 lens is better – Canon New FD or Minolta MD.
There are many such comparisons on the Internet. But not one of the known for me does not satisfy me. The reasons are different: some has been made on a crop camera, some compares 58mm lens with a 50mm lens from the same distance, some compares Canon New FD with Minolta Old MC. Someone simply makes mistakes in focusing, or does not remember about the field curvature. Or performs the tests at a distance of 50 cm and in the center only.

But this is a very important comparison. The fact is that such lenses, 50/1.4 – are the main point of the product lines for all serious companies. Having of the best fast fifty in production line can be named as ‘companies honor’. Even for today. As you can see, I understand the responsibility.

Regarding to Canon FDn 50/1.4 and Minolta MD 50/1.4: both lenses are very similar. Flange focal distance is 41.9mm for Canon and 43.50mm for Minolta. Both are from the last product lines of the pre-autofocus era. Both were in production at the same time. Both have the same schemes – 7 elements in 6 groups, ‘planars’. Both even look similar. Prices on auctions are very close.. Etc. OK, let’s do the comparison
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