Both lenses – Minolta MD VFC 24mm F2.8 and Minolta MD 24mm F2.8 – work almost similar at the center and middle. But in corners the non-VFC version shows a much better result – it becomes ready for landscapes on F5.6 or even maybe on F4 and it is totally sharpened over the whole frame at F8. But the older and much more expensive VFS can’t approach full sharpness over the frame even at diapason up to F16. The newer optical design of New-MD 24mm 1:2.8 has won by IQ. Anyway, the price of VFC looks reasonable at least because of the fact that only two lenses in the Universe have existed with this ability (Variable Field Curvature) and both of them – Minolta.
Of course, this converter isn’t the lens, so all usual tests of aberrations, bokeh, etc. were skipped. Additionally, review by Benjamin totally covers any questions about 300-s and I can’t add something new, except maybe a few resolution comparisons. (more…)
This is a battle without losers.All 50mm Minolta lenses are balanced in terms of technical capabilities and price.Therefore, this comparison was made rather out of curiosity, no matter what lens you take for photography – the result will be the best.