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 MD 35mm 1:2.8 Shift vs MD 35mm 1:2.8 – comparison

Minolta MD 35mm lenses – Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8 Shift vs MD 35mm 1:2.8 – comparison:

  • Minolta MD Shift CA 35mm 1:2.8 (MD III, New-MD)
  • Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8 (MD III, New-MD)

These lenses have the same technical parameters, so a battle would have looked fair if it had not been known earlier that New-MD 35mm 1:2.8 is one of the sharpest lenses in the world among all others.
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Minolta MD 28-85mm 1:3.5-4.5 Zoom vs MD 28mm 1:3.5 vs MD 35mm 1:2.8 vs MD 50mm 1:1.4 vs MD 85mm 1:2.0 – comparison

Minolta MD 28-85mm 1:3.5-4.8 Zoom comparison with prime lenses:

  • Minolta MD 28-85mm 1:3.5-4.8 Zoom Macro (MD III)
  • Minolta MD 28mm 1:3.5 (MD III)
  • Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8 (MD III)
  • Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.4 (MD III)
  • Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0 (MD III)

One of the best zooms from pre-AF era is going to fight against famous primes on the most used focal distances. Yes, that primes are powerful, so a victory of zoom looks impossible but it will be cool even if it will show at least a close level of sharpness. (more…)

Minolta MD 35-135mm 1:3.5-4.5 Zoom vs. MD 35mm 1:2.8, MD 50mm 1:2.0, MD 85mm 1:2.0, MD 135mm 1:2.8

Minolta MD 35-135mm 1:3.5-4.5 Zoom vs primes comparison.

    • Minolta MD 35-135mm 1:3.5-4.5 Zoom (MD III)
    • Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8 (MD III)
    • Minolta MD 50mm 1:2.0 (MD III)
    • Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0 (MD III)
    • Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8 (MD III)

The results of the zoom look good enough, but it wasn’t an easy fight.

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Minolta MD 24-50mm 1:4.0 Zoom vs MD 24mm 1:2.8, MD 28mm 1:2.8 (5×5), MD 35mm 1:2.8, MD 50mm 1:1.4 – comparison

Minolta MD 24-50mm 1:4.0 zoom vs primes comparison.

  • Minolta MD Zoom 24-50mm 1:4.0 (MD III)
  • MD 24mm 1:2.8 (MD III)
  • MD 28mm 1:2.8 (5×5) (MD III)
  • MD 35mm 1:2.8 (MD III)
  • MD 50mm 1:1.4 (MD III)

In most cases, top-rated fixed focal lenses are better than zooms, but it isn’t always true, and here is one of the exclusions.
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Minolta MD 24-35mm 1:3.5 Zoom vs MD 24mm 1:2.8, MD 28mm 1:2.8 (5×5), MD 35mm 1:2.8 – comparison

Minolta MD 24-35mm 1:3.5 Zoom vs primes comparison.

  • Minolta MD 24-35mm 1:3.5 Zoom (MD III)
  • Minolta MD 24mm 1:2.8 (MD III)
  • Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.8 (5×5) (MD III)
  • Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8 (MD III)

It is believed that the sharpness of prime lenses is better than that of the zooms… Mostly.

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