Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.0 two copies comparison – LensRomantic

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Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.0 two copies comparison (New-MD, MD III or Plain MD design)

The description of a LensRomantic test is here. These comparisons are for collectors or tech-enthusiasts. Photographers may go directly to a lens review.

Minolta New-MD 28mm F2.0 is the best one from the 28mm manual lens line. I have a dream to compare it with modern lenses by Leica or Sony or something like that but today can offer to read just one another LensRomantic photo session.

Copy #1Copy #2
Optical Condition:Near MintExcellent
Mechanical Condition:Very GoodNear Mint
Cosmetic Condition:Very GoodNear Mint

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

Full lens review

Long-distance resolution test

Testing methods description

  • Target: cityscape
  • Distance: > 200 meters to center focus point
  • Camera: Sony A7II (24mpx, full-frame, tripod, remote control). M-mode, ISO fixed, WB fixed, SteadyShot – OFF. The focus point is on the center only.
  • RAW processing: Capture One, default settings. All quality settings – 100%. Crops – 300×200 px

Scene preview

Test results:

Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.0 two copies comparison

Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.0 two copies comparison – final conclusion:

Copy #1 increases the sharpness in the corner faster than the number two. It can be seen easily around F4.0. To avoid doubts about the uneven deviation of the optical axis of the lens, I made an additional diagram with samples taken in the opposite corner.

Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.0 two copies comparison

The result remains the same, copy #1 has a little better resolution on F4.


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