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Minolta MD 35mm f/2.8, WOW!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:55 am    Post subject: Minolta MD 35mm f/2.8, WOW! Reply with quote

Took out my Minolta MD 35mm f/2.8 for the first time (camera A7RII).

I quite like the bokeh for a 35mm.


I like sharpness, colours and contrast:












100% crop, shot wide open. Sharp enough for you?



I really love this lens. It is well built, fairly small and it can focus pretty close. It is razor sharp and contrasty already wide open and I love the colours. Prices are not as low as they used to be, usually around 100 dollars, but I think it is still a great bargain.


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like 1 Like 1 Like 1 I love mine too.


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great!!!

I shall take mine and compare with the angulon 35/2 8 QBM that actually use with my 7RIII.

Your images remind me how good the MD is.


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you remember the aperture the leaf was shot at?


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cbass wrote:
Do you remember the aperture the leaf was shot at?


No I'm not sure. But the lens its very sharp wide open (see last picture).


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

papasito wrote:
Great!!!

I shall take mine and compare with the angulon 35/2 8 QBM that actually use with my 7RIII.

Your images remind me how good the MD is.


That would be interesting to see. Here somebody tested how it holds up to the Sony Carl Zeiss FE 35mm 1:2.8 ZA: https://lens.ws/comparison-minolta-md-35mm-sony-35mm/


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice examples. I got an MD W. Rokkor 35mm 2.8, don't know if it is the same one as the plain MD version.


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

caspert79 wrote:
Here somebody tested how it holds up to the Sony Carl Zeiss FE 35mm 1:2.8 ZA: https://lens.ws/comparison-minolta-md-35mm-sony-35mm/


... and here's someone else who did complare those two lenses on 43 MP FF (previous test mentioned above is on 24 MP FF):
http://www.artaphot.ch/minolta-sr/objektiv-vergleiche/434-sony-a7rii-and-summilux-1-4-35mm-asph-sony-zeiss-fe-2-8-35mm-and-minolta-md-2-8-35mm

Stephan


PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevemark wrote:
caspert79 wrote:
Here somebody tested how it holds up to the Sony Carl Zeiss FE 35mm 1:2.8 ZA: https://lens.ws/comparison-minolta-md-35mm-sony-35mm/


... and here's someone else who did complare those two lenses on 43 MP FF (previous test mentioned above is on 24 MP FF):
http://www.artaphot.ch/minolta-sr/objektiv-vergleiche/434-sony-a7rii-and-summilux-1-4-35mm-asph-sony-zeiss-fe-2-8-35mm-and-minolta-md-2-8-35mm

Stephan


Thank you Stephan for your review.
A very impressive lens for sure

Congratulations caspert79.
Great lens, lovely images.
Bokeh is delightful too.
Tom


PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevemark wrote:
caspert79 wrote:
Here somebody tested how it holds up to the Sony Carl Zeiss FE 35mm 1:2.8 ZA: https://lens.ws/comparison-minolta-md-35mm-sony-35mm/


... and here's someone else who did complare those two lenses on 43 MP FF (previous test mentioned above is on 24 MP FF):
http://www.artaphot.ch/minolta-sr/objektiv-vergleiche/434-sony-a7rii-and-summilux-1-4-35mm-asph-sony-zeiss-fe-2-8-35mm-and-minolta-md-2-8-35mm

Stephan


Thank you Stephan !


PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the MD-III version on A7R and R2. I liked it but it was a bit "crooked" on one side. Now I have canon nfd 35/2.8 on A7r2. I didn't compare them directly, but it seems that Minolta has a slightly smoother transition of the blur zone and the Canon is sharper, somewhat more contrasting (colorful) and more vignetting.


PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have noted that the Minolta 35 2,8 is a little bit sharper than the nFD in the corners IF you take into account field curvature but the NFD has a flatter field. So flat or 3D subject might dictate your choice.

It also seemed to me that the nFD is a tad sharper at close distance.

However the nFD has much more distortion than the MD.

So two very good lenses with strengths (a lot) and weaknesses (a few).


PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lumens pixel wrote:
I have noted that the Minolta 35 2,8 is a little bit sharper than the nFD in the corners IF you take into account field curvature but the NFD has a flatter field. So flat or 3D subject might dictate your choice.

It also seemed to me that the nFD is a tad sharper at close distance.

However the nFD has much more distortion than the MD.

So two very good lenses with strengths (a lot) and weaknesses (a few).


Thank you for this information! I have nevere ever senn a Canon nFD 2.8/35mm lens for sale here in Switzerland - it seems everybody took either the nFD 2/35mm or the nFD 2.8/28mm, but not the nFD 2.8/35mm. In fact, in its "Canon Lens Book", Canon itself highly praises the nFD 2.8/35mm as a very capable lens.

There are a few similar constructions (apart from the Minolta MD 2.8/35mm), such as the Mamiya CS/E 2.8/35mm, the Yashica ML 2.8/35mm, and the Nikkor AiS 2.8/35mm. All theses lenses are really difficult to find here, and therefore I only own several MD 2.8/35mm and a ML 2.8/35mm (which is a very good as well - better than most 1960/1970s 2.8/35mm lenses - but not as good as the Minolta MD).

S


PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevemark wrote:
lumens pixel wrote:
I have noted that the Minolta 35 2,8 is a little bit sharper than the nFD in the corners IF you take into account field curvature but the NFD has a flatter field. So flat or 3D subject might dictate your choice.

It also seemed to me that the nFD is a tad sharper at close distance.

However the nFD has much more distortion than the MD.

So two very good lenses with strengths (a lot) and weaknesses (a few).


Thank you for this information! I have nevere ever senn a Canon nFD 2.8/35mm lens for sale here in Switzerland - it seems everybody took either the nFD 2/35mm or the nFD 2.8/28mm, but not the nFD 2.8/35mm. In fact, in its "Canon Lens Book", Canon itself highly praises the nFD 2.8/35mm as a very capable lens.

There are a few similar constructions (apart from the Minolta MD 2.8/35mm), such as the Mamiya CS/E 2.8/35mm, the Yashica ML 2.8/35mm, and the Nikkor AiS 2.8/35mm. All theses lenses are really difficult to find here, and therefore I only own several MD 2.8/35mm and a ML 2.8/35mm (which is a very good as well - better than most 1960/1970s 2.8/35mm lenses - but not as good as the Minolta MD).

S


I read very good reports of the Mamiya CS and the Nikkor (Ais I guess).

Here in the Forum, there are some members who have written very good things about the Mamiya 35 CS.

I never used one of these lenses.


PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevemark wrote:


Thank you for this information! I have nevere ever senn a Canon nFD 2.8/35mm lens for sale here in Switzerland - it seems everybody took either the nFD 2/35mm or the nFD 2.8/28mm, but not the nFD 2.8/35mm. In fact, in its "Canon Lens Book", Canon itself highly praises the nFD 2.8/35mm as a very capable lens.

S


Too cheap for our Swiss friends I guess. Wink


PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely shots. #2 is so joyous Like 1 .


PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="stevemark"]
lumens pixel wrote:


There are a few similar constructions (apart from the Minolta MD 2.8/35mm), such as the Mamiya CS/E 2.8/35mm, the Yashica ML 2.8/35mm, and the Nikkor AiS 2.8/35mm. All theses lenses are really difficult to find here, and therefore I only own several MD 2.8/35mm and a ML 2.8/35mm (which is a very good as well - better than most 1960/1970s 2.8/35mm lenses - but not as good as the Minolta MD).

S


Yes, I also noticed the similarity in optical design between the Minolta MD III 35mm 2.8 and the Mamiya-Sekor CS/E 35mm 2.8 some time ago. Although the MD III has a 5/5 and the CS/E a 6/6 element/group design. Their forerunners have some similarities too, the early MC versions and the SX. Here the Minolta has one element more, 7/6, versus 6/5 for the SX. WA's based on Tessar rear groups as I understand it. Rolleinar MC 35mm 2.8 should be like the M-S SX version.

Equivalent focal lengths of the Mamiya-Sekor C 645 WA lenses show some differences to the CS/E lenses (more elements in the C lenses anyway) and the similarities are sometimes more visible in a focal length a step further in the range. For example the CS 28mm more to the C 35mm than to the 45mm which should be its equivalent focal length.