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LensWars: Minolta MD 100mm f/2.5 vs. MD Macro 100mm f/4.0

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5, Minolta MD Macro 100mm 1:4.0.

Both these lenses are from “must have” category, for different tasks of course – the macro and the tele, so, there is no need to choose one of these two – lenses aren’t competitors. The comparison has been performed just because of curiosity.

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LensRomantic: Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5

Comparison of two different copies of Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5. (New-MD, NMD, MDIII)

‘LensRomantic’ tests description is here. Tests of this type are mostly for collectors or tech-enthusiasts, for photographers I recommend to go directly to the lens review.

Minolta New-MD 100mm F2.5 is one of the best balanced portrait lenses – ideal combination of focal distance, aperture and IQ with weight and size. Some time ago, it was forgotten, but today the lens is becoming popular again, and it is harder and harder to find it.

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Review: Minolta MC Macro Rokkor QE 100mm 1:3.5

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.

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Demo Photos: Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5

This article demonstrates a few examples which were taken with Minolta MD 100/2.5.

Caption: Greece – Crete – Bali, Minolta MD 100mm F2.5, Sony A7II, Capture One, 2x resized

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LensWars: Minolta MC Rokkor PF 100mm f/2.5 vs. MC Rokkor QE 100mm f/3.5 vs MD 100mm f/2.5

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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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor PF 100mm 1:2.5

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.

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