Minolta Colors, 28-75 2.8?

Started Feb 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
Clyde Thomas Senior Member • Posts: 1,036
Re: Minolta Colors, 28-75 2.8?

Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying.  And I disagree with others here that say it doesn't matter, or that "all" first generation Mino's were the same.  Check this Artaphot link for comparisons of Mino 200/2.8 vs 70-200SSM vs 80-200/2.8.  Link HERE.

One can clearly see the brighter, more yellow color, similar to the SSM, compared with the 200/2.8APO.  The 200APO is the "pinnacle" of "Minolta Color", and similar to all the f/2.0 and f/2.8 primes... and even the 600/4, and all the beercan generation zooms.  But the 80-200 has more modern rendering and matches the color and density/contrast of the 35/1.4 and 85/1.4 Mino's.  They will be a closer match for the 28-75.  Heck, I can get the yellow color in any of the old Minoltas just by adding a Tamron 1.4x converter.  But it will lower contrast.

I would never use the 35/1.4 on a job with the 100/2.  The renderings are too different, and the inconsistency would drive me nuts.  I'd either use the 28/2 and 35/2 with the 100/2, or use the 85/1.4 and 80-200/2.8 with the 35/1.4.

For instance, see THIS LINK for comparison between the 35/1.4 vs the 35/2.  Notice the f/1.4 is about 1/3 stop brighter at EVERY aperture, and a little more yellow, making for brighter greens.  Even when the 35/1.4 is adjusted down to match the 35/2 density, the greens are still a bit more bright and yellow.

These tests are identical to my own personal experience owning all of this stuff from 16 to 600.  I have no problem with the results, but I do take issue with Mungers assessment that the 35/2 is "better" than the 35/1.4.  I don't think it is at all, and he bases that assessment on one criteria.  But the 35/1.4 surpasses the 35/2 on far corner sharpness, and provides a more even sharpness across the field.  The 35/1.4 is also much better at close focus sharpness.  Both lenses fabulous, and I use them both for different purposes.

Yes, one can correct for a few colors in photoshop.  But not all the colors/contrast come into line.  And it's a hassle to correct everything just for consistency.  I'd rather just shoot lenses that matched in the first place to quicken the editing process preparing for client batch files.

Your Tammy/KM/SAM 28-75 is a good match for any version of Mino 80-200/2.8 or 70-200/2.8 SSM.  My only problem with that lens is that it focuses in the opposite direction from every other Alpha lens ever made.  Never understood that.


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