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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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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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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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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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 maybe boring, so, if you prefer to realize details – you need the patience to look over all diagrams with samples, if you just interested who is winner – go to the end of article, but such way is not to recommend, because it would be better if someone controls 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
Another Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm F/1.4 lens review – 55mm filter thread, MDI version.
This is the first Minolta MD series lens with 50mm focal distance, and the second 50 mm lens in whole Minolta SLR career – for SR-mount cameras. The note about SR-mount is required because there were a three 50mm lenses by Minolta for LTM (1947-1958?) – all three have been reviewed on this site, so, this article is about one of famous SLR fifty in the world – the great Rokkor MD of the first generation.
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Another Minolta MC Rokkor PG 50mm F/1.4 lens review
This is was the first 50mm F1.4 lens by Minolta, only 58mm with F1.4 were in production earlier. It has so great reputation that even younger and modern fifties sometimes hide in shadow of this MC. You can find a lot of opinions about this lens, sometimes very objective, sometimes too personal, and my target is to understand the real abilities of this piece of ‘glass and metal’ (and a few rubber).
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This lens was produced only in one incarnation – MDII version. No analogs before and after, and this case quite rare for Minolta, because usually we can see product lines of the lenses with identical focal distances and apertures, like MC-version, then MD-I, MD-II etc. We have a right to call this lens as unique, so let’s see the abilities of one of the most famous pancakes in the world’s lenses history in Minolta Rokkor MD 45mm 1:2.0 lens review.
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It’s the demonstration of possibilities of one of the reviewed lens. Not a pro-photography.
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Another Minolta MD Rokkor (MD II) 50mm F1.4 lens review. 49mm filter thread
This is the one of five 50/1.4 lenses made by Minolta. All are the best actually.
(Those who love anime, probably spotted Yoko on the avatar. Yes – this lens is really so cool.)
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