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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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Review: Minolta MD Zoom 28-85mm 1:3.5-4.5 Macro

Lens review: Minolta New MD (MDIII) Zoom 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 Macro.

Everyone knows the famous Minolta MD 35-70/3.5, which is appears wherever possible, but this MD 35-70/3.5-4.5 is much more hidden behind the scenes, and looks like a secret weapon for ‘those who knows’ – pathos words, but describe the idea. It has been tested by Great and Powerful Antony Hands in his The 35mm Shoot-out – as zoom which can compete with wide angle primes.
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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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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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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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Review: Minolta MD Zoom 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.8 Macro

Lens review: Minolta New MD (MDIII) Zoom 28-70mm F3.5-4.8 Macro.

This is not a Minolta actually, just labeled. Anyway, Minolta’s logo can’t be appeared on unworthy lens.

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Review: Minolta MD Zoom 35-135mm 1:3.5-4.5 Macro

Minolta New MD (MDIII) Zoom 35-135mm F3.5-4.5 lens review.

After a few previous reviews of zoom, this one continues to change the standard and popular idea that old zooms are always a bad compromise. Surprisingly, it isn’t the truth again, even for this 4x MD.

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Review: Minolta MD Zoom 35-70mm 1:3.5 Macro

Minolta New MD (MDIII) 35-70mm F3.5 Zoom Macro lens review.

Folks speaks a lot about this lens. And it’s strange, but yes – all stories are true. Minolta created and produced amazing lens.

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