85mm 1.4: zeiss, nikon or sony alpha?

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Re: Minolta MD 85mm f/2.
In reply to Krishna Das, May 7, 2014

Tiny, inexpensive, lightweight with modern coatings, if I wanted something easy to pack to take with me, I might choose the manual-focusing Minolta MD 85mm f/2.

"After a short period of producing the 85mm f/1.7 in MD format Minolta introduced an entirely new lens to take its place. The 85mm f/2 was considerably smaller and lighter, weighing in at 276 gm, and surpisingly despite its fast speed, it had a 49mm filter size, compared to the 55mm of the previous model.

This was the lens that eventually went on to become the late MD version, with only very minor design changes such as the inclusion of the MD lock lug and the other cosmetic variations of the late MD series. Accordingly, we can use the performance of this lens to also assess that on the "plain MD" model that followed it."

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