Minolta MD 35-105mm 1:3.5-4.5 Zoom Macro – 16 elements in 13 groups – review

Minolta MD 35-105mm 1:3.5-4.5 Zoom Macro (16el.13gr.) lens review

  • Official classification: MD/New-MD
  • Collector’s classification: MD-III

A bit unusual zoom for MD-III Minolta line – too many metals is visible in exterior. The combination of F4.5 with 105mm for the long end looks quite fast for portraits, so the main question – what a sharpness this lens can offer?


Yashica ML 28mm 1:2.8 vs Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.8 – 5 elements 5 groups – comparison

Yashica ML 28mm F/2.8 vs Minolta MD 28mm F/2.8 5×5 – comparison

Both of these lenses are quite suitable for those looking for an inexpensive wide-angle. But the price quite accurately reflects their capabilities – they cope with their tasks, although they are not something outstanding from the point of view of optics. They are somewhere in the middle of the evolution of 28mm lenses – there are many sharper ones, but there are also many much weaker models.

Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.4 vs Minolta MC Rokkor PF 50mm 1:1.7 – comparison

Minolta MC Rokkor PF 50mm 1:1.7 vs Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.4 – comparison

This battle cannot be called fair – the difference in construction between 1.4 and 1.7 usually always makes itself felt. But it so happened that I still have materials that are suitable for such a comparison, and it was decided to use them. Just out of curiosity.

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…)

Minolta 85mm 1:2.8 Varisoft – MDIII – review

Minolta Varisoft 85mm 1:2.8 lens review

  • Official classification: MD/New-MD
  • Collector’s classification: MD III

Quite a rare specialized lens from Minolta. It is rather difficult to find it due to its high demand among collectors. The review uses one of its versions – MD3, according to the generally accepted classification, let’s say – the latest and the rarest. Let’s see what it can do.

I thank Andrea Aprà for his collaboration on my work


Chiyoko 135mm 1:4.0 vs Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8 – comparison

Chiyoko 135mm 1:4.0 vs Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8 – Comparison

I wouldn’t say that this is a fair battle because of the huge difference between the age of these lenses. It is better to call it a demonstration of the development of Japanese optics. How much the great-granddaughter differs from the great-grandmother.

Meyer Optik Görlitz 50mm 1:1.8 vs. Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7 – comparison

Meyer Optik Görlitz 50mm 1:1.8 vs Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7

We don’t need to be an oracle to predict Minolta’s victory. But we need to find out how much Meyer-Optik Goerlitz will lose. In terms of IQ of course, this comparison is not about bokeh, feelings, and other esoteric materials.


Carl Zeiss 85mm 1:2.8 vs Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0 – comparison

85mm lenses comparison – Carl Zeiss 85mm 1:2.8 Sonnar T* Contax/Yashica vs Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0

The IQ of both lenses are well known among photographers, but there is not a good head-to-head comparison in the network (or I can’t find it). This gap should be covered.