Minolta MD 50 1:1.4 vs Yashica ML 50mm 1:1.4 – comparison

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50mm F1.4 lenses comparison – Minolta MD 50 f1.4 vs Yashica ML 50mm f1.4 – comparison

The battle of the monsters – two ‘must-have’ lenses of two famous systems.

Minolta MD 50 1:1.4Yashica ML 50mm 1:1.4
Serial:8271095A1013988
Optical Condition:Near MintNear Mint
Mechanical Condition:MintMint
Cosmetic Condition:Near MintNear Mint

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

Tested lenses reviews

Minolta MD 50 1:1.4 vs Yashica ML 50mm 1:1.4 – comparison – sharpness/resolution

Long-distance test description

  • Camera Sony A7II (24mpx, full frame) – RAW (ARW), tripod, A-mode, ISO 50, 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

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Test results

Yashica ML vs Minolta MD - 50mm F1.4 comparison - infinity

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)

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Test results

Yashica ML vs Minolta MD - 50mm F1.4 comparison - close distance

Minolta MD 50 1:1.4 vs Yashica ML 50mm 1:1.4 – comparison – final conclusion

Both lenses have close the same resolution in the center of the frame (both are very sharp there) and in the corners too – look another similar, but, Minolta looks better in the middle position. Only at aperture F4 Yashika becomes the same as Minolta over the whole frame.

Minolta is the clear winner.