All about Minolta Camera – the book

The book “All about Minolta Camera” (or simply “MINOLTA”) is one of the most important materials for Minolta enthusiasts. I can even say that this is the true Gospel for MINOLTA collectors:

  • The full description of 277 lenses and tons of cameras.
  • A lot of historical details and enough special information.
  • The interviews of those who are linked with Minolta production.

Despite the importance of this book, I have never come across its electronic copy. Even just scanned pages. Yes, the book is from Japan – Minolta’s origin country, and never was translated/published in the outer world. So finally this problem is solved. Here is a fully scanned book, as well as its recognized version. You just have to copy the text of interest to your favorite translator. (Note: some Japanese texts especially in vertical layouts are need to be converted to horizontal layout for better translation result)

The OCR version / searchable PDF, optimized size for comfortable reading (33 Mb):

All about Minolta Camera book

Additionally: here is the scanned “All about Minolta Camera” book PDF version (223 Mb) – pictures only (not OCR) but high resolution if more details are needed like lens optical designs.

 

Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm 1:3.5 DDR Sonnar – review

Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Sonnar 3.5/135 lens review, aka Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm 1:3.5 DDR Sonnar

Mount – M42

This lens is out of the zone of my interests, I don’t know much about it, nevertheless, it was interesting to test it and find out what it was capable of. It turned out that everything is very good. Unlike the “second” Zeiss (Western, or FRG), lenses from which are so overpriced that after tests they can even be disappointing, this lens turned out to be much better than I imagined at the beginning.

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Minolta MC Rokkor PF 50mm 1:1.7 – MC-X – review

Minolta MC Rokkor PF 50mm 1:1.7 lens review, aka Minolta MC Rokkor-X PF 1:1.7 f=50mm

  • Official classification: MC
  • Collector’s classification: MC-X

The first middle-price 50mm lens by Minolta (all previous was 55-58mm). A huge number of these lenses have been produced, so it is quite common. Hopefully, this review will be helpful for many owners of these lenses.

By the way, about the yellow inscription ‘Rokkor-X’ – for those who are not very familiar with the Minolta lens lines – this inscription does not affect anything and only means that the lens was exported to North America. If there is no such inscription on your lens, or it is white, then do not pay attention, no differences were found between lenses with such an inscription and without it. All test results will be the same (of course, within the deviations between copies of the lens)

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Yashica ML 50mm 1:1.4 vs Yashica ML 50mm 1:1.9 – comparison

Yashica 50mm ML lenses comparison – Yashica ML 50mm 1:1.4 vs Yashica ML 50mm 1:1.9

  • Yashica ML 50mm 1:1.4 (ML)
  • Yashica ML 50mm 1:1.9 (ML)

Yashica has done a lot for the photography industry, this is one of the companies that should not be underestimated. We currently have two excellent lenses from this company in testing.

Both lenses for the test was provided by Egor Nikolaev (Егор Николаев) – many thanks and greetings.
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Minolta Rokkor QE 35mm 1:4.0 vs Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8 – comparison

Minolta Rokkor QE 35mm 1:4.0 vs Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8 – comparison

Let’s compare the very old with the very cool 35mm Minolta lenses. Of course, a lens from the 1960s has no chance of beating one of the world’s best lenses, but it’s still interesting to see the difference in results. (more…)