Minolta Rokkor QE 35mm 1:4.0 vs Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8 – comparison

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Minolta Rokkor QE 35mm 1:4.0 vs Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8 – comparison

Let’s compare the very old with the very cool 35mm Minolta lenses. Of course, a lens from the 1960s has no chance of beating one of the world’s best lenses, but it’s still interesting to see the difference in results.

Rokkor QE 35/4 Minolta MD 35/2.8
Serial: 1123254 8024417
Optical Condition: Enough good Near Mint
Mechanical Condition: Enough good Near Mint
Cosmetic Condition: Average Near 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 Rokkor QE 35mm 1:4.0 vs Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8 – 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

Minolta Rokkor QE 35mm 1:4.0 vs Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8 – comparison – final conclusion

The conclusion is very predictable – old Rokkor SR can’t beat the MD III 35/2.8 – the center position of Rokkor is good enough (not a champion, just working), but the middle and especially corners are bad.

I want to note that sharpness is only one of the parameters of the lens, and perhaps not all users need ringing sharpness, so do not write off this Rokkor – perhaps, if you suddenly need to take an antique photo, it can be useful.

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