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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Comparison of two different copies of Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.0. (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 28mm F2.0 is the best in 28mm manual lenses line. I have a dream to compare it with modern lenses by Leica or Sony or something like that but for today can offer a just one another LensRomantic photo session.
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Comparison of two similar copies Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.4 (New-MD, MD-III or Plain MD design)
Introduction note for the first article in this category:
Such comparisons can give us a piece of information about the degree of trust and the degree of applicability of lenses testing results. It can be interesting mostly for collectors or technicians and doesn’t contain extended conclusions or descriptions with transcripts of results – everything can be seen on samples diagrams. True photographers can skip it and immediately go to the lens review pages.
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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