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Showcase Minolta 50mm 3.5 macro

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by sleekdigital, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. sleekdigital

    sleekdigital TalkEmount Regular

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  2. Jaf-Photo

    Jaf-Photo TalkEmount Veteran

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    Mar 25, 2013
    Great shot, which version do you have, the one with the blue writing or the orange writing?
     
  3. sleekdigital

    sleekdigital TalkEmount Regular

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    May 7, 2013
    Thanks! This one has the blue writing.
     
  4. Jaf-Photo

    Jaf-Photo TalkEmount Veteran

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    Mar 25, 2013
    Same as I have, it's a very nice little lens. First I thought I had over-paid for it at almost $100 but I like it and have no regrets anymore. I only ask about the writing as some people say that the first version, with orange and white writing, is a bit sharper.

    I hope you don't mind if I post a sample from my copy of the 50/3.5 macro? If so, let me know and I will remove it. This is a shot I took with timer, trying to light the match at the right moment. Not a complete success, but I got tired of burning matches after about half a matchbox...


    Sony NEX-7 + Minolta MD 50mm 3.5 Macro [~1:1]
    Strike a Light | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
     
  5. swanseastu

    swanseastu TalkEmount Rookie

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    Apr 19, 2013
    Can you expand on the writing theory please?

    Is the orange writing relating to writing on the end of the lens or the distance markers etc on the barrel ?

    Are these Rokkors, or minolta or minolta AF? thanks ...always on the look out for new lenses to play with especially when recommended via here :-D
     
  6. Jaf-Photo

    Jaf-Photo TalkEmount Veteran

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    These are Minolta MD lenses, ie fully manual. Two versions were made, the first one has orange markings on the front around the front element. The second one has the same markings in blue.

    I have seen test shots where the orange version was sharper at wide aperture settings and also had better border sharpness throughout. It wasn't a huge difference, but if you have the choice of both, I'd say go for the orange version.
     
  7. swanseastu

    swanseastu TalkEmount Rookie

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  8. Jaf-Photo

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    Yes, that's the one. I used the extension tube for the above shot and zoomed to about 1:1, wide open, as I recall.

    I can't see the state of the lenses in the eBay ad, but overall it looks clean and in good nick. The elements are quite recessed in both ends, so they should be fairly well protected from scratches etc.

    That copy is a bit more expensive than mine, but the orange ones usually are.
     
  9. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    As far as I know both these versions have the same optical design; it seems the optical design has never been changed from the very first to the last model. Differences in image quality might well be caused by sample variation; I have three of these, an early MC Rokkor-QF, an MC Celtic (budget version, somewhat younger than the Rokkor-QF) and a plain MD with the blue writing. The latter two are wonderfully sharp, the Rokkor-QF is somewhat behind in corner performance. I prefer the Celtic because I like its handling better, even though it has a tiny fungus spot in it. Its white balance is also a bit different from the Rokkors, but colours are beautiful from this lens.
     
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  10. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Nice work. That lens has a great rep.

    Sent from my SPH-L710 using TalkNEX mobile app
     
  11. Jaf-Photo

    Jaf-Photo TalkEmount Veteran

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    Mar 25, 2013
    Evaluating old lenses is difficult due to the number of variables. For instance, I have two MD 135/2.8 [4/4] that are fairly close in serial numbers. One has no visible CA the other one, in nicer cosmetic condition, has heavy green and purple CA. Is it mishandling, quality control, change in manufacture? We can't know.

    We simply have to look at the tests, form an opinion and cross our fingers as we place our bids.
     
  12. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Too true. Concerning the 135/2.8, I have all MD models (4/4 and 5/5) and they are all excellent from f/4 onwards; CA is virtually absent in all of them. My guess is that your worse sample has had a knock or something, CA seems to be one of the traits that is fairly constant across samples of a certain model, as I have noted after testing my lenses.
     
  13. Jaf-Photo

    Jaf-Photo TalkEmount Veteran

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    Mar 25, 2013
    Yeah, I believe the knock theory, the irony being that the non-CA copy is far worse beat up.
     
  14. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    This is my orange copy taken with tube, lens turbo and vivitar 10x filter.
    Shot at 5.6

    ImageUploadedByTalkNEX1371073456.694325.


    Sent from my iPhone using TalkNEX mobile app
     
  15. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    And one more
    ImageUploadedByTalkNEX1371073565.994323.


    Sent from my iPhone using TalkNEX mobile app
     
  16. sleekdigital

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  17. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    I was just trying something new.
     
  18. sleekdigital

    sleekdigital TalkEmount Regular

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    I hear you, I'm going to try my Oly mcon 35 on it when I get the proper step ring :)
     
  19. eno789

    eno789 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jan 1, 2012
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    Brian
    Redwood Sorrel, in Santa Cruz Mountain
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    and a non-Macro
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    on NEX 5N
     
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