Minolta MD 75-150mm 1:4.0 Zoom vs MD 85mm 1:2.0 vs MD 135mm 1:2.8 – comparison
Minolta MD 75-150mm 1:4.0 Zoom comparison with primes
- Minolta MD 75-150mm 1:4.0 Zoom (MD III)
- Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0 (MD III)
- Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8 (MD III)
All fighters are optically in mint conditions.
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 75-150mm 1:4.0 Zoom comparison with primes – sharpness
Long-distance test description
- Camera Sony A7II (24mpx, full frame) – RAW (ARW), tripod, A-mode, ISO fixed, 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
Focal distance 85mm
Scene preview (85mm)
Test results (85mm)
Focal distance 135mm
Scene preview (135mm)
Test results (135mm)
Minolta MD 75-150mm 1:4.0 Zoom comparison with primes – final conclusion
Minolta MD Zoom 75-150mm 1:4 vs MD 85mm 1:2:
Pay attention to corners, please. The zoom beats the prime closed for 3(!) stops. I have no words, it’s magic, the zoom has won in corners(!) against Minolta 85/2 – the well known top-level performer.
In the Center and Middle positions, prime has a little advantage, but a microscope is needed to see it.
As a result: MD 75-150/4 totally wins from the sharpness point of view. But, of course, MD 85/2 would be preferable if fast apertures are needed – it also has an amazing resolution in corners, just maybe not so amazing as MD 75-150/4.
Minolta MD Zoom 75-150mm 1:4 vs MD 135mm 1:2.8:
One of the best 135mm lenses – Minolta MDIII 135/2.8 – still has not lost a single battle on the site. But this fight was not easy even for such a famous fighter. Both lenses are the same. It looks that zoom has a little bit more contrast, but in detail, differences are too small to talk about it. Draw, both are winners.
But again: one-stop slower zoom-lens show the same resolution as prime on similar apertures? I just can recommend not selling it if you got it.