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LensWars: Minolta MD 100mm f/2.5 vs. MD Macro 100mm f/4.0

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5, Minolta MD Macro 100mm 1:4.0.

Both these lenses are from “must have” category, for different tasks of course – the macro and the tele, so, there is no need to choose one of these two – lenses aren’t competitors. The comparison has been performed just because of curiosity.

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LensRomantic: Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5

Comparison of two different copies of Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5. (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 100mm F2.5 is one of the best balanced portrait lenses – ideal combination of focal distance, aperture and IQ with weight and size. Some time ago, it was forgotten, but today the lens is becoming popular again, and it is harder and harder to find it.

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Demo Photos: Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5

This article demonstrates a few examples which were taken with Minolta MD 100/2.5.

Caption: Greece – Crete – Bali, Minolta MD 100mm F2.5, Sony A7II, Capture One, 2x resized

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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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LensWars: Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm f/4.5 vs. MD 300mm f/4.5

Comparison of lenses Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm f/4.5 (MC I), Minolta New-MD 300mm 1:4.5
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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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LensWars: Minolta MD 135mm f/2.0 vs. MD 135mm f/2.8

Comparison of lenses Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.0, Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8

Two the best 135mm lenses in absolutely different prices categories.

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