Comparison of lenses Minolta MC Macro Rokkor QE 100mm 1:3.5 (Hills&Valleys/Knurled, MCII) and Minolta MD macro 100mm 1:4 (New-MD, MDIII)
Minolta MC Macro Rokkor QE 100mm 1:3.5 (Hills&Valleys/Knurled design, or MCII by collector’s classification)
The first feeling: it’s not a lens – it’s a howitzer. Every Rokkor from pre-rubberized generations looks like a rock, but this macro-hundred is the champion among others. Even huge and twice heavier Rokkor MC 300mm 1:5.6 looks more elegant than this hunk of metal with a few pieces of glass.
Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0, Minolta MC Rokkor PF 85mm 1:1.7
Minolta Rokkor MC PF 85mm F1.7 lens review (MCII).
This is another one legend by Minolta. A lot of photographers consider that it is the best portrait lens ever. And in overall unformal rating, it may stay on the second place by popularity, right after the bokeh-monster Rokkor 58mm F1.2 which I consider as mostly known Minolta lens.
One time I was lucky to get the copy in ‘like new’ condition with original lens-shade, caps and case and that occasion has driven me to find and review the full set of MC-II Minolta Rokkor lenses. Some of the articles have been published earlier but this lens was a driver to the whole idea. Continue reading Review: Minolta MC Rokkor PF 85mm 1:1.7
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.