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First impressions Minolta MD 75-150mm f/4
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2022 7:39 pm    Post subject: First impressions Minolta MD 75-150mm f/4 Reply with quote

I received my Minolta MD 75-150mm f/4 from Japan. It's actually my only zoom lens. I must say I'm very pleased with it. You can use this lens wide open without hesitation. It's quite compact and it covers the tele range I use 95% of the time.

Some test pics:

MinoltaMD75150f422 by devoscasper, on Flickr

MinoltaMD75150f418 by devoscasper, on Flickr

    MinoltaMD75150f415 by devoscasper, on Flickr
    MinoltaMD75150f412 by devoscasper, on Flickr
    MinoltaMD75150f413 by devoscasper, on Flickr


    PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2022 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Never owned or tried one of these but it does look good, especially that last poppy pic.

    I have the OM Zuiko 75-150 and the Hexanon 75-150, don't remember much about the Zuiko but the Hexanon I remember being a very good lens but with noticeably less macro & micro contrast than the Hexanon 3.2/135 and when you pixel peeped, the sharpness was a notch down too. I'd say from your pics the Minolta ia a bit better than the Hexanon, so definitely a capable lens.


    PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2022 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    A very capable lens.

    For holidays abroad where we are travelling around a lot by foot/train and both size & weight are an issue, this zoom + an achromat close-up lens always go into the bag to cover both my telephoto and "macro" requirements.


    PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2022 8:39 am    Post subject: Re: First impressions Minolta MD 75-150mm f/4 Reply with quote

    caspert79 wrote:
    I received my Minolta MD 75-150mm f/4 from Japan. It's actually my only zoom lens. I must say I'm very pleased with it. You can use this lens wide open without hesitation. It's quite compact and it covers the tele range I use 95% of the time.

    Some test pics:

    MinoltaMD75150f422 by devoscasper, on Flickr



    Excellent.
    A good lens for sure
    Tom


    PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2022 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Some more images:

    MinoltaMD75150f434 by devoscasper, on Flickr

    MinoltaMD75150f436 by devoscasper, on Flickr

    MinoltaMD75150f432 by devoscasper, on Flickr

    MinoltaMD75150f427 by devoscasper, on Flickr


    PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2022 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Like 1

    Does the front-element of this lens rotate while zooming / focusing?

    Thanks


    PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2022 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

    wolan wrote:
    Like 1

    Does the front-element of this lens rotate while zooming / focusing?

    Thanks


    Yes, it does while focusing.


    PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2022 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Looks very good! Congratulations.


    PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2022 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

    caspert79 wrote:
    wolan wrote:
    Like 1

    Does the front-element of this lens rotate while zooming / focusing?

    Thanks


    Yes, it does while focusing.


    As far as I can recall the only MC/MD era Minolta zoom lens where the front element doesn't rotate when focusing is the MC/MD ROKKOR 40-80mm/2.8.

    None rotate when only zooming.

    Not sure about their AUTO-ROKKOR ZOOM predecessors, which are rare curiosities anyway... (but I think they also rotate when focusing)