Review: Minolta MD 300mm 1:4.5

Another Minolta New MD (MD III) 300mm F4.5 lens review

After getting a new lens, I always take a few technical shots to understand its strengths and weaknesses – usually it helps me a lot to start using unknown lens with much less of doubt. One day I decided that my data might be interesting for someone else and this site has been made.

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Minolta New-MD (MD III) 300mm 1:4.5 parameters:

minolta.eazypix.de index 229
Name engraved on lens MD
f[mm] 300
A max [1/f] 4.5
A min[1/f] 32
Lens design [el.] 7
Lens design [gr.] 6
Filter thread Ø front(rear)[mm] 72
Lens Shade built-in
closefocus[m/ft] 42646
Dimension Ø x length [mm] 77.5×177.5
Weight[g] 705
Year 1981
Style MD III
Code No. (ROKKOR-X) or Order No. 581-808
Minolta MD 300mm F4.5 optical design

Minolta MD 300mm F4.5 optical design


Lens exterior:

(Please, forgive me the dust on the lens, I never have the patience to clean objects for close-up photo sessions)

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Review: Minolta MD 200mm 1:4.0

Another Minolta New MD (MD III) 200mm F4 lens review

After getting a new lens, I always take a few technical shots to understand its strengths and weaknesses – usually it helps me a lot to start using unknown lens with much less of doubt. One day I decided that my data might be interesting for someone else and this site has been made.

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Minolta New-MD 200mm 1:4.0 parameters:

minolta.eazypix.de index 215
Name engraved on lens MD
f[mm] 200
A max [1/f] 4
A min[1/f] 32
Lens design [el.] 5
Lens design [gr.] 5
Filter thread Ø front(rear)[mm] 55
Lens Shade built-in
closefocus[m/ft] 2.5/8
Dimension Ø x length [mm] 64×116.5
Weight[g] 410
Year 1981
Style MD III
Code No. (ROKKOR-X) or Order No. 595-800
Minolta MD 200mm F4 optical design

Minolta MD 200mm F4 optical design


Lens exterior:

(Please, forgive me the dust on the lens, I never have the patience to clean objects for close-up photo sessions)

 

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Review: Minolta MD 200mm 1:2.8

Another Minolta New MD (MD III) 200mm F2.8 lens review

After getting a new lens, I always take a few technical shots to understand its strengths and weaknesses – usually it helps me a lot to start using unknown lens with much less of doubt. One day I decided that my data might be interesting for someone else and this site has been made.

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Minolta New-MD 200mm 1:2.8 main parameters:

# in minolta.eazypix.de index 203
Name engraved on lens MD
f[mm] 200
A max [1/f] 2.8
A min[1/f] 32
Lens design [el.] 5
Lens design [gr.] 5
Filter thread Ø front(rear)[mm] 72
Lens Shade built-in
closefocus[m/ft] 1.8/6
Dimension Ø x length [mm] 78×133
Weight[g] 700
Year 1981
Style MD III
Code No. (ROKKOR-X) or Order No. 659-808
Minolta MD 200mm F2.8 optical design

Minolta MD 200mm F2.8 optical design


Lens exterior:

(forgive me the dust on the lens, I never have the patience to clean objects for close-up photo sessions)

 

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Review: Minolta MD 135mm 1:3.5

Another Minolta New MD (MD III) 135mm F3.5 lens review

After getting a new lens, I always take a few technical shots to understand its strengths and weaknesses – usually it helps me a lot to start using unknown lens with much less of doubt. One day I decided that my data might be interesting for someone else and this site has been made.

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Minolta New-MD 135mm 1:3.5 parameters:

minolta.eazypix.de index 199
Name engraved on lens MD
f[mm] 135
A max [1/f] 3.5
A min[1/f] 22
Lens design [el.] 5
Lens design [gr.] 5
Filter thread Ø front(rear)[mm] 49
Lens Shade built-in
closefocus[m/ft] 1.5/5
Dimension Ø x length [mm] 64×72.5
Weight[g] 285
Year 1981
Style MD III
Code No. (ROKKOR-X) or Order No. 594-800
Minolta MD 135mm F3.5 optical design

Minolta MD 135mm F3.5 optical design


Lens exterior:

(Please, forgive me the dust on the lens, I never have the patience to clean objects for close-up photo sessions)

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Review: Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.8

Another Minolta New MD (MD III) 135mm F2.8 lens review

After getting a new lens, I always take a few technical shots to understand its strengths and weaknesses – usually it helps me a lot to start using unknown lens with much less of doubt. One day I decided that my data might be interesting for someone else and this site has been made.

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Minolta New-MD 135mm 1:2.8 parameters:

minolta.eazypix.de index 186
Name engraved on lens MD
f[mm] 135
A max [1/f] 2,8
A min[1/f] 22
Lens design [el.] 5
Lens design [gr.] 5
Filter thread Ø front(rear)[mm] 55
Lens Shade built-in
closefocus[m/ft] 1.5/5
Dimension Ø x length [mm] 64×81
Weight[g] 385
Year 1981
Style MD III
Code No. (ROKKOR-X) or Order No. 593-800
Minolta MD 135mm F2.8 optical design

Minolta MD 135mm F2.8 optical design


Lens exterior:

(Please, forgive me the dust on the lens, I never have the patience to clean objects for close-up photo sessions)

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Review: Minolta MD 135mm 1:2.0

Another Minolta New MD (MD III) 135mm F2 lens review

After getting a new lens, I always take a few technical shots to understand its strengths and weaknesses – usually it helps me a lot to start using unknown lens with much less of doubt. One day I decided that my data might be interesting for someone else and this site has been made.

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Minolta New-MD 135mm 1:2.0 parameters:

minolta.eazypix.de index 170
Name engraved on lens MD
f[mm] 135
A max [1/f] 2
A min[1/f] 22
Lens design [el.] 6
Lens design [gr.] 5
Filter thread Ø front(rear)[mm] 72
Lens Shade built-in
closefocus[m/ft] 1.3/4.5
Dimension Ø x length [mm] 79×96
Weight[g] 725
Year 1981
Style MD III
Code No. (ROKKOR-X) or Order No. 691-108
Minolta MD 135mm F2 optical design

Minolta MD 135mm F2 optical design


Lens exterior:

(Please, forgive me the dust on the lens, I never have the patience to clean objects for close-up photo sessions)

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Review: Minolta MD 100mm 1:2.5

Another Minolta MD (New-MD, MD III) 100mm F2.5 lens review

After getting a new lens, I always take a few technical shots to understand its strengths and weaknesses – usually it helps me a lot to start using unknown lens with much less of doubt. One day I decided that my data might be interesting for someone else and this site has been made.

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Minolta New-MD 100mm 1:2.5 main parameters:

minolta.eazypix.de index 152
Name engraved on lens MD
f[mm] 100
A max [1/f] 2,5
A min[1/f] 22
Lens design [el.] 5
Lens design [gr.] 5
Filter thread Ø front(rear)[mm] 49
Lens Shade built-in
closefocus[m/ft] 1/3.5
Dimension Ø x length [mm] 64×65.5
Weight[g] 310
Year 1981
Style MD III
Code No. (ROKKOR-X) or Order No. 598-100
Minolta MD 100mm F2.5 optical design

Minolta MD 100mm F2.5 optical design


Lens exterior:

(Please, forgive me the dust on the lens, I never have the patience to clean objects for close-up photo sessions)

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Review: Minolta MD 85mm 1:2.0

Another Minolta New MD 85mm F2 lens review

After getting a new lens, I always take a few technical shots to understand its strengths and weaknesses – usually it helps me a lot to start using unknown lens with much less of doubt. One day I decided that my data might be interesting for someone else and this site has been made.

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Minolta New-MD (MD III) 85mm 1:2.0 parameters:

minolta.eazypix.de index 140
Name engraved on lens MD
f[mm] 85
A max [1/f] 2
A min[1/f] 22
Lens design [el.] 6
Lens design [gr.] 5
Filter thread Ø front(rear)[mm] 49
Lens Shade clip-in
closefocus[m/ft] 0.85/3
Dimension Ø x length [mm] 64×53.5
Weight[g] 285
Year 1981
Style MD III
Code No. (ROKKOR-X) or Order No. 685-810
Minolta_MD_85_2

Minolta MD 85mm F2 optical design


Lens exterior:

(Please, forgive me the dust on the lens, I never have the patience to clean objects for close-up photo sessions)

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Resolution test: Minolta MC 58mm f/1.2 vs. Minolta MD 50mm f/1.2

Tested lenses:

  • Minolta MC 58mm f/1.2 (second version, s/n 2571424, non-radioactive)
  • N-MD 50mm f/1.2

Test description: Camera Sony A7II (24mpx, full frame) – fixed on the tripod. Target – fixed on the distance in about 4 meters (good for average portraits). All shots were made with apertures from fully opened and up to F8. ISO-100. Shutter Speed – depends on light (camera A-mode), WB – same for all shots. SteadyShot – OFF. Focus was manually corrected for each shot to exclude focus-shift affecting. Focus point – center of the picture.

Finally, pictures were converted from ARW-files in Capture One with default settings, cropped for 300×200 px elements, combined into diagrams and exported into JPEG-files.

As you know, Minolta’s MC and N-MD series lenses haven’t “half-click” after the first aperture position, so I stopped ring in the middle position, but it’s impossible to set it precisely, so, if you see that a picture taken with aperture 1.4 – it means that picture was taken on aperture set in the middle position between 1.2 and 2.0.

Test shots for center and for corner positions was made separately on different pictures. It helps to avoid field curvature affecting.

Here is two tests: Test#1 has no compensation for difference of 50mm and 58mm, so the details on picture from Minolta MC 58mm F1.2 lens is slight bigger than from Minolta MD 50mm F1.2. I am sure – it’s incorrect approach,  but I’ve meet a comparisons of ‘around 50mm’ lenses which are using this scheme, especially tests with focusing to infinity – landscapes, city-views etc. Test#2 has the compensation – Minolta MD 50mmF1.2 stays a little closer to the target than MC58mmF1.2. Now you can view tests results for both methods and make your personal opinion about importance of these so short additional 8mm when we make comparisons of fifties.

Notes:
  • I am just a man, I do not pretend that in all cases my focus settings were absolutely accurate. But I aspired to it.
  • Red zone on the previews of the scenes displays the 100% crop of the full-size frame

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