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

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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.

Meyer-Optik Goerlitz 50mm 1:1.8 for the test was provided by Egor Nikolaev (Егор Николаев) – many thanks and greetings.

Minolta MD

50mm 1:1.7

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz 50mm 1:1.8
Serial:91174644205535
Optical Condition:MintGood
Mechanical Condition:Very GoodVery Good
Cosmetic Condition:GoodGood

This comparison is correct only for conditions and equipment used for tests. Test results can differ if any element is changed.

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Meyer-Optik Goerlitz 50mm 1:1.8 vs Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7 comparison – sharpness/resolution

Long-distance test description

  • Camera Sony A7II (24mpx, full frame) – RAW (ARW), tripod, A-mode, ISO 100, WB fixed, SteadyShot OFF, manual focus correction for every shot
  • Targets (buildings) – fixed by gravity power on the distances in more than 200 meters
  • ARW post-processing – Capture One, default settings, 100% crops 300×200 px

Scene preview

Test results

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

Short-distance test description

  • Target: 10-15 cm picture, printed on glossy photo paper
  • Distance: 1.7m
  • Camera: Sony A7II (24mpx, full-frame, tripod, remote control). M-mode, ISO fixed, WB fixed, SteadyShot – OFF.
  • The test was repeated for every F-stop on every focus position with manual focus adjustment for each shot. That is to avoid the effect of field curvature.
  • RAW processing: Capture One, default settings. All quality settings – 100%. Crops – 300×200 px

Original target image (printed in horizontal orientation on 10cm X 15cm glossy photo paper)

Test results

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

Meyer-Optik Goerlitz 50mm 1:1.8 vs Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7 comparison – final conclusion

Why people always use so long and inconvenient Meyer Optik Görlitz? “MOG” looks much better. In any case, whatever you call the lens, it has no chance of winning. Although, as it sometimes happens with lenses based on old schemes, in the center it is still very sharp, even sharper than Minolta. But a step aside – and everything gets worse.