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 35/4Minolta MD 35/2.8
Serial:11232548024417
Optical Condition:Enough goodNear Mint
Mechanical Condition:Enough goodNear Mint
Cosmetic Condition:AverageNear 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

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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.