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LensWars: Minolta MD Zoom 75-150mm f/4.0 vs. MD 85mm f/2.0 vs. MD 135mm f/2.8

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD Zoom 75-150mm 1:4.0, Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0 and Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8. All lenses are New-MD generation (MDIII by collectors classification)

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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: 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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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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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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LensWars: Canon FDn 35mm f/2.0 vs. Minolta MD 35mm f/1.8

Canon New FD 35mm 1:2.0 vs Minolta MD 35mm 1:1.8

35mm focal distance is on the second place by popularity after ‘fifties’ and it makes the fighting for ‘best 35mm lens’ award very important. Additionally, these pair of fast 35mm – Minolta MD and Canon FDn – are mostly known and can be named as legendary lenses. It’s strange for me that I can’t find head-to-head comparison in internet. So, let’s make it.

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LensWars: Minolta MD Zoom 28-70mm f/3.5-4.8 vs. MD Zoom 35-70mm f/3.5 vs. MD 28mm f/3.5

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 28-70mm 1:3.5-4.8 Zoom, Minolta MD 35-70mm 1:3.5, Minolta MD 28mm 1:3.5

The set of non-expensive and quite common lenses. There is no need to pay a lot of money if all what are needed – a good photography.

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LensWars: Canon FDn 50mm f/1.2 vs. Canon FDn 50mm f/1.4

I hope that comparison with such level of precision and details will be enough to full answer for the question about advantages of these two lenses.

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LensWars: Minolta MD 135mm f/2.8 vs. MD 135mm f/3.5

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8, Minolta MD 135mm 1:3.5

There is repeated again and again on many resources that Minolta MD 135mm f/3.5 has a great sharpness. It’s true. And just imagine – if the cheapest and simplest Minolta MD 135mm has so great reputation, what’s about others?
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