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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 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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LensWars: Minolta MD Zoom 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5 vs. MD 35mm f/2.8, MD 50mm f/2.0, MD 85mm f/2.0, MD 135mm f/2.8

Results of the zoom looks good enough, but anyway it wasn’t easy battle.

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LensWars: Canon FDn 50mm f/1.4 vs. Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4

This comparison is correct only for conditions and equipment used for tests. Test results can be differ if any element is changed.

I consider this article to be the my most serious attempt to answer the question – which 50mm F1.4 lens is better – Canon New FD or Minolta MD.
There are many such comparisons on the Internet. But not one of the known for me does not satisfy me. The reasons are different: some has been made on a crop camera, some compares 58mm lens with a 50mm lens from the same distance, some compares Canon New FD with Minolta Old MC. Someone simply makes mistakes in focusing, or does not remember about the field curvature. Or performs the tests at a distance of 50 cm and in the center only.

But this is a very important comparison. The fact is that such lenses, 50/1.4 – are the main point of the product lines for all serious companies. Having of the best fast fifty in production line can be named as ‘companies honor’. Even for today. As you can see, I understand the responsibility.

Regarding to Canon FDn 50/1.4 and Minolta MD 50/1.4: both lenses are very similar. Flange focal distance is 41.9mm for Canon and 43.50mm for Minolta. Both are from the last product lines of the pre-autofocus era. Both were in production at the same time. Both have the same schemes – 7 elements in 6 groups, ‘planars’. Both even look similar. Prices on auctions are very close.. Etc. OK, let’s do the comparison
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Review: Minolta MC Rokkor PG 58mm f:1.2

Another Minolta MC Rokkor PG 58mm 1:1.2 lens review

Minolta MC PG 58mm 1/1.2 is one of the famous ‘bokeh monsters’ in the world, may be it is Number One Monster by popularity. If photographer thinks about bokeh rendering, cares about 3D effect on photos and looking for the best ever tool – then this lens is in a short list. Continue reading Review: Minolta MC Rokkor PG 58mm f:1.2

Review: Minolta MD VFC 24mm 1:2.8

Another Minolta New MD (MD III) VFC 24mm F2.8 lens review

Once upon a time, I set out to make reviews for all existing rectilinear (non-special) Minolta MD lenses. This goal has been achieved – all 21 are presented on the site. But why not continue with other lenses and may be with other labels? This review is the first of its kind.

Important note: this review doesn’t contain tests of Variable Field Curvature -‘VFC’ feature of this lens. It will be done later. Here you can get information about how this lens works in normal mode. Welcome. Continue reading Review: Minolta MD VFC 24mm 1:2.8

Review: Minolta MD 300mm 1:4.5

Another Minolta New MD (MD III) 300mm F4.5 lens review.

The longest lens in MD line which has been built by classic approach to the optical design. Tests say that it was a right decision – no weakness were found, so this one is the strongly recommend 300mm lens.
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