Minolta MC I Rokkor HF 300mm 1:4.5 vs MD 300mm 1:4.5 – comparison

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Minolta SR 300mm lenses comparison:

  • Minolta MC Tele Rokkor HF 300mm 1:4.5 (MC I)
  • Minolta MD 300mm 1:4.5 (New-MD, MD III)

This focal distance is enough long to use “on sensor stabilization” during real photography, but for testing, OSS-systems are inappropriate because may affect the results. So, for this comparison, a combination of two tripods was used. It was looked a bit funny but I’m sure that the camera and lens were fixed enough.

MC 300mm F/4.5
MD 300mm F/4.5
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Minolta MC I Rokkor HF 300mm 1:4.5 vs MD III 300mm 1:4.5 – sharpness

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

Minolta MC I Rokkor HF 300mm 1:4.5 MC vs MD III 300mm 1:4.5 - comparison - scene preview

Test results

Minolta MC Rokkor HF 300mm 1:4.5 vs MD 300mm 1:4.5 - infinity


Minolta MC I Rokkor HF 300mm 1:4.5 vs MD III 300mm 1:4.5 – final conclusion:

It is easy to see that New-MD is better in some positions. Especially in corners. I do not think that a detailed description is needed, everything is in the diagram. The newer MD III copy has won.



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