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Review: 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

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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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QD 135mm 1:3.5

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.

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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor PF 135mm 1:2.8

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.

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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QF 200mm 1:3.5

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor QF 200mm F3.5 lens review (‘Hills & Valleys’ or ‘MC II’ style by collectors classification)

The first impression – it’s solid and heavy. It would be strange to recommend this lens today for photographers because many other much lighter options on 200mm focal distance are available, but for guys who like to take portraits with the feeling of a big piece of steel and glass in the hand – that’s the paradise. And it has a good IQ by the way.

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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm 1:4.5 (MC I)

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

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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Review: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor PE 200mm 1:4.5

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor PE 200mm f/4.5 lens review (Hills and Valleys, MC-II)

Classic or ‘vintage’ long lens with elegant shape and with the good enough IQ for any photographer task. Of course it has “steel and glass” construction as any lens from this line.

(Note: this is the starting article of the reviews cycle about Minolta MC Rokkor lenses in “Hills and Valleys” body design. Author hopes that every lens from this line will be tested on the site. Stay tuned, if you are interested.)

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Review: Minolta MD Zoom 75-150mm 1:4.0

Minolta New-MD Zoom 150mm F/4 (MDIII) lens review.

There are a few popular 2x-zooms produced by genius of Minolta’s engineers. Everyone knows at least ‘Leica’ MD 35-70/3.5 /sarcasm/ and I can add into that list Minolta MD 24-50/4 and may be 1.5x MD 24-35/3.5. This MD 75-150/4 is the further level. See the test results please.

Tested copy is in beautiful condition in all aspects, something like ‘Near Mint’ in Japanese sellers terminology. No any traces of disassembling and damages.

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Review: Chiyoko Super Rokkor 85mm f:2.8 Minolta

This is the lens from first years after WWII and it’s a part of history of Japans photo-industry, from the times when the poor and ruined country started the race against the worlds most famous corporations producing photo equipment and finally have won. The reason is clear – one glance at Super Rokkor 85mm is enough to see that it was created and built with incredible quality.

Some of amateur photographers says that they love real ‘glass and metal’ lenses, and this feeling drives them to create better photos than with lenses are built using plastic and rubber elements in construction. Quite often when saying these words they are holding in their hands something like Minolta MC or Canon FL or Nikon pre-AI, etc. I believe that these MC and FLs against this Chiyoko are looking like aluminum trinkets.

Lens review: Chiyoda Kogaku Chiyoko Super Rokkor 1:2.8 f=8.5cm C (Minolta – Japan) LTM/LSM/m39
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