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Minolta MD 100mm/F4 macro (version MD III)
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:59 am    Post subject: Minolta MD 100mm/F4 macro (version MD III) Reply with quote

Flower shot taken with Ricoh GXR-M in RAW with minor corrections during conversion with LR6.

Common chicory (cichorium intybus), real life diameter of flower apprx. 25mm.



Haven't found pictures from this lens here. So I thought it's time to post one.

Member "DigiChromeEd" (Edgar) has posted a picture of this lens here:
http://forum.mflenses.com/minolta-md-100mm-f4-macro-t76283.html

Mine is exactly the same version but the shot was taken with the optional 1:1 adapter.

Cheers,


PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minolta macro lenses are great! I have the MC f/3.5 100mm version and i love it. I use the 50 more though, my main lens for shooting pics of stuff i want to sell.


PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like 1 small Like 1 small Like 1 small very nice!


PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely shot, Thomas! Like 1


PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice Thomas... Like 1 Like 1


PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, gentlemen!

One more. This time shot fully open at F4 without 1:1 adapter.

Pelargonium peltatum:



PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like 1 Like 1


PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed! Like 1 Like 1 Like 1


PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a stunning lens. It's a big, fat, heavy thing for sure, but who cares when a lens is this good? It took me a long time to get the correct extender, but it was worth it. . Like 1 small


PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you!

Lloydy wrote:
It's a stunning lens. It's a big, fat, heavy thing for sure, but who cares when a lens is this good? It took me a long time to get the correct extender, but it was worth it.


Indeed, this lens is extraordinary and simply excellent. It was according to a comparative test report (Color Foto, Germany) from the 1980's the best macro lens at all in this class (even better than Leitz). The bokeh is also very nice for my taste. I certainly will keep it forever.


PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While the f 3.5 is heavy, the 100mm f 4.0 is big but mine (MD II) only 375 g (just weighed it). Great for flowers.


PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Antoine wrote:
While the f 3.5 is heavy, the 100mm f 4.0 is big but mine (MD II) only 375 g (just weighed it). Great for flowers.


That's right. The MD II and III versions are more or less identical. The only obvious difference is that the MD II version has a screw-in hood and the MD III version a clip-in one (besides the change of naming convention and the additional aperture lock of the MD III).


PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One another review for Minolta MDIII 100/4
I'm using it not for macro, but for items shooting - 0.5m-1.5m distances, and totally satisfied


PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The battle: Minolta MD-III 100/4 macro - versus - Minolta MD-III 100mm f/2.5 tele
There is no hidden meaning in this battle - just because of curiosity


PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tb_a wrote:
Thank you, gentlemen!

One more. This time shot fully open at F4 without 1:1 adapter.

Pelargonium peltatum:



Super nice. Like the color. I have a Rokkor X bellow 100mm f4 (I guess from the later MC age). Not sure how it compares with this 100mm macro.


PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TrueLoveOne wrote:
Minolta macro lenses are great! I have the MC f/3.5 100mm version and i love it. I use the 50 more though, my main lens for shooting pics of stuff i want to sell.

I have recently picked up the MC 10/3.5 Macro to go with my 50/3.5 Macro, the 100 was one of my hardest to find MC lenses(metal focus ring) the rubber gripped version was far more common.

I haven't really put it through it's paces yet, but I expect it to do well.


PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vivaldibow wrote:

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I have a Rokkor X bellow 100mm f4 (I guess from the later MC age). Not sure how it compares with this 100mm macro.


If your description is correct ("Auto Bellows Rokkor-X", and not "Auto Bellows Macro Rokkor-X"), then it's the triplet version and not the later 5 lens version. The triplet [3/3] is nowhere nearly as good as the [5/4] 3.5/100mm Macro Rokkor [5/4], and the later MD-II / MD-III 4/100mm Macro Rokkor is even better than the MC/MD 3.5/100mm Macro Rokkor.



The crops shown above are 100% crops from camera JPGs (the extreme corners of the 24 MP FF Sony A7II).

Click at the image and then enlarge it to full size to see the differences!

I'm not sure whether the rather lousy quality of the Macro Bellows triplet is normal. Others possessing the same lens may contribute ...
The first (MC-II) and the last (MD-II) versions of the 3.5/100mm Macro look identical to me; the MD-III 4/100mm certainly stands out when we look at corner resolution and freedom from color aberrations.


Lightshow wrote:
TrueLoveOne wrote:
Minolta macro lenses are great! I have the MC f/3.5 100mm version and i love it. I use the 50 more though, my main lens for shooting pics of stuff i want to sell.

I have recently picked up the MC 100/3.5 Macro to go with my 50/3.5 Macro, the 100 was one of my hardest to find MC lenses(metal focus ring) the rubber gripped version was far more common.

The metal grip MC-II version of the Minolta MC 3.5/100mm Macro is quite difficult to find indeed. Only recently i managed to find one, too ...

Stephan