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

Review: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm F1.4 (MDI)

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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Demo Photos: Minolta MD 20mm 1:2.8

I wasn’t lucky with weather, but it may be better because these photos are more about lenses than about art.

Note: all photos have been taken with F5.6-8.0. Information about F2.0 in EXIF is incorrect because Minolta SR – Sony E adapter used.

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Review: Minolta MC Rokkor PG 50mm 1:1.4

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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Review: Minolta MD Rokkor 45mm F2.0

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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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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Review: Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.4 (MDII)

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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