Minolta MC 1,4/50 experiences

Started Mar 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Peter!

eques wrote:

captura wrote:

Letsgokoulos wrote:

captura wrote:

Although there is clearly something wrong here, (light leak?) with your 1.4 lens, I did a series of comparisons with my Minolta prime lenses recently and found one other lens which gave superior results. That was the MD 50mm f2, but I'm told that the commonly found 50mm f1.7 is even better. My 50mm f1.4 MC PG is also a bit soft, even stopped down a bit.

Steve, I am not familiar with the 50mm f2. Have you published your comparisons anywhere ? I have had a 50mm f1.7, and it was not so sharp as my 50mm f1.4 although both were really close. My copy of the f1.4 is very slightly soft full open, but then really sharp when stopping down and its bokeh is delicious, and to my eyes, far superior to this of the f1.7.


John in the next message reports, "I bet that there is a haze (or dare I say fungus) on the inside of the lens, This affects many lenses that are older, and can be a very slight haze to a heavy haze."

And I believe he may be correct in the case of my 1.4 lens which is well-used, with a lot of very small scratches. Now you asked about the 1.7 but I've never tried one. People seem to like it.

Now the 50/f2 was common but is now quite forgotten. Small, light but not cheap like the 45. The pages in the Rokkor Files that did the comparison between all the smaller 50's seem to have disappeared from the internet. But there are allusions to it's goodness scattered about, here and there. Also the 1.7. The main thing in my opinion is that the later MD lens have a better multi-coating, which is nice in some conditions.

I have a MD 1,7/50mm; it is soft at 1,7, but very nice from 2,8 - 8. I got the 1,4 after seeing YuriS (see his links) pictures and tests, because I wanted DOF as shallow as possible and I hoped for good resolution beginning with F2.

Another lens I have is a very nice MC 55 f1.9 which is very flat but wide and heavy. Now that lens is uncommon. Do you have any information on that lens, by chance?


Sorry, I never heared of this lens.


Peter,  the  50mm_f2_MD-iii is an excellent lens; my favorite Minolta. It is improved over the earlier MC version (see below) although it must be said that the MC version was rumored to be another Minolta design partnered with a Leica version. It also compares favorably to the f1.7 MD and MC lenses because the center is sharp from wide open.



Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 50mm 1:2

"Let's start with the Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 50mm 1:2, a six-element in five limbs. The lens came in the forums a very good reputation - can underpin the test with the NEX only partly. This is actually not surprising, because this was a budget 2/50mm lens, which was at least in this country have only a set with the (cheap) SRT-100-series. As a small portrait lens is the MC 2/50mm nevertheless suitable - although MC 1.4/58mm would be preferable in the second variant (MC-II) actually. I am, moreover, ensure that the above illustration is representative performance - after all, three copies of the MC 2/50mm tested, all with the same result. " (translated.)

"The MD-III version of the Minolta MD 50mm 1:2 was compared with the previous model, significantly improved obviously. Although the MD-III series is in the forums often regarded as "inferior", the test results do not support this myth really. The MD 2/50mm tested here has a solid aluminum version, the worm gear but does not run as smoothly as the (much heavier!) Alu-/Messing-Schneckengänge the MC-X and MD-I lenses. By design, the MD-III lenses fit quite well for NEX, they are most favorably available - that is a very good option for those who want to get into the low exciting world of "vintage lenses".
"  (translated)

Furthermore, here's another review from Digitalrokkor, the Minolta MC Rokkor PF 50mm f2


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