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

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. (more…)

Minolta Rokkor QE 35mm 1:4.0 W. – SR – review

Minolta W.Rokkor-QE 1:4.0 f=35mm lens review, aka Minolta Rokkor 35mm 1:4 SR

  • Official classification: SR
  • Collector’s classification: SR

Not a very rare, but also not a very popular lens, which should definitely get its review on the site. This is Minolta’s very early 35mm lens for SLR cameras. Looks like a bit cheaper option with F4.0 instead of the earliest one with F2.8 (AR I)


Minolta 85mm 1:2.8 Varisoft – MDIII – review

Minolta Varisoft 85mm 1:2.8 lens review

  • Official classification: MD/New-MD
  • Collector’s classification: MD III

Quite a rare specialized lens from Minolta. It is rather difficult to find it due to its high demand among collectors. The review uses one of its versions – MD3, according to the generally accepted classification, let’s say – the latest and the rarest. Let’s see what it can do.

I thank Andrea Aprà for his collaboration on my work


Minolta MC Rokkor 24mm 1:2.8 VFC – MC-X – review

Minolta MC VFC Rokkor-X 24mm 1:2.8 (Minolta MC Rokkor 24mm 1:2.8 VFC) – vintage manual lens test and review

  • Official classification: MC
  • Collector’s classification: MC-X

This is the first lens with unique Minolta’s know-how – Variable Field Curvature (VFC). The lens is enough rare, probably because just a few photographers need it, but it is very interesting from the collector’s point of view.

This review doesn’t contain tests of Variable Field Curvature -‘VFC’ feature of this lens. Here you can get information about how this lens works in normal mode.


Chiyoko 135mm 1:4.0 vs Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8 – comparison

Chiyoko 135mm 1:4.0 vs Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8 – Comparison

I wouldn’t say that this is a fair battle because of the huge difference between the age of these lenses. It is better to call it a demonstration of the development of Japanese optics. How much the great-granddaughter differs from the great-grandmother.

Yashica ML 28mm 1:2.8 – review

Yashica Lens ML 28mm 1:2.8 lens review, aka Yashica ML 28mm 1:2.8. Made by Yashica.

Mount – Contax/Yashica (C/Y)

Such lenses are always pleasant to hold in hands – Japanese design is always something special and beautiful, even if the thing is not some kind of exclusive. This 28 / 2.8 is quite common in the line of lenses made for Contax cameras, it is not overrated today and therefore it will be a useful task to investigate its IQ.


Meyer Optik Görlitz 50mm 1:1.8 vs. Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7 – comparison

Meyer Optik Görlitz 50mm 1:1.8 vs Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.7

We don’t need to be an oracle to predict Minolta’s victory. But we need to find out how much Meyer-Optik Goerlitz will lose. In terms of IQ of course, this comparison is not about bokeh, feelings, and other esoteric materials.


Meyer-Optik Gorlitz 50mm 1:1.8 Oreston – review

Meyer-Optik Gorlitz 1.8/50 Oreston lens review (Meyer-Optik Gorlitz 50mm 1:1.8 Oreston)

Mount – M42

This lens is far beyond my interests, I don’t know anything about it, except that some photographers call it as “bokeh-monster”, so instead of the usual short introduction and a little story about the history of the lens, I’ll just leave a link to the wiki.