Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7 two copies comparison – LensRomantic

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Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7 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 50mm F1.7 is from the top of popularity among other fifties – great IQ for a minimal price.

Copy #1Copy #2
Serial:91174648408447
Optical Condition:Near MintNear Mint
Mechanical Condition:Near MintNear 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

Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7 two copies comparison – 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

Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7 two copies comparison - scene previe

Test results

Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7 two copies comparison


Final conclusion

Tested lenses have a little difference in IQ, Copy #1 looks a little better for me. Such a difference wouldn’t affect the result of real photography and can be spotted only in head-to-head comparisons.


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