Minolta MD 35mm 1:1.8 vs MD 35mm 1:2.8 vs Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2.8 ZA – comparison
Minolta MD and Sony 35mm lenses comparison:
- Minolta MD 35mm 1:1.8 MD III
- Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8 MD III
- Sony Carl Zeiss FE 35mm 1:2.8 ZA
I could never make a choice on one of the two lenses – New MD 35/1.8 or New MD 35/2.8. To be honest, this comparison does not help either – they are both the best.
This comparison is correct only for conditions and equipment used for tests. An element changed – the result changed.
- 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
- Most of Minolta’s lenses haven’t half-clicks after the first aperture position. So, for example, aperture “F2.0” for MD III 35mm 1:1.8 means an aperture set in the middle position between F1.8 and F2.8
- Sunlight changed during the session
- Other available 35mm Minoltas can be found here – minolta.easypix.de
Minolta MD 35mm lenses comparison – sharpness/resolution
Test results for the center
Scene preview – middle position
Test results for the middle
Scene preview – corner position
Test results for the corner
Minolta MD 35mm comparison – final conclusion
From the sharpness point of view, Minolta MD 35mm F2.8 … is better than faster and much expensive Minolta MD 35mm F1.8 even wide open from F2.8 and up to F4.0. Yes, the difference can be seen only with a microscope, but it presented. After F4.0 both lenses are the same. On the other hand, Minolta MD 35mm F1.8 has F1.8 but Minolta MD 35mm F2.8 doesn’t have.
It is truly impossible to choose the best 35mm Minoltas both of them are good for different tasks.
Let’s continue with
Minolta MD vs Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2.8 ZA
My friend gave me Sony Carl Zeiss 35mm F2.8 for quick photo-session of buildings – just with only one focus point in the center.
I did not have enough time to work and therefore deviations are possible. Anyway, I am pretty sure – overall results are close to the true picture of these lenses ‘ behavior.
For the center:
For the middle
For the corner
Minolta MD and Sony 35mm lenses comparison – final conclusion
Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2.8 ZA can take the same pictures as Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8. Not more. With the difference in the age between these lenses of about 35 years, it seems as Minolta’s victory.