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Showcase Minolta MD 50mm f/2.0

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by ecaggiani, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. ecaggiani

    ecaggiani TalkEmount Regular

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    Jun 19, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Ed Caggiani
    Just got this from ebay for $25 + a $9.99 MD-to-E-mount adapter. Haven't had much time to play with it yet since I literally just put it on my NEX-3N. But I thought I'd start this thread a few photos from around my desk at work. Wide open it has a shallow DoF, which can be useful. Stopping it down sharpens it quite a bit it seems.

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  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    That appears to work well enough. :)
     
  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Yup, looks like an excellent performer as every MD 50 I've had :)
     
  4. ecaggiani

    ecaggiani TalkEmount Regular

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    Jun 19, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Ed Caggiani
    Yes, I love being able to get legacy glass at low low prices and high quality.
     
  5. HabsFan

    HabsFan TalkEmount Veteran

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    Apr 10, 2013
    Ontario, CAN
    I did some quick test between this lens, 45mm md, 40mm konica ar and Sony kit lens and found the 50mm f2 to be the sharpest by quite a bit. I was too lazy to move the tripod around to equalize the focal lengths so the 50 did benefit from this. I might redo the test later
     
  6. ecaggiani

    ecaggiani TalkEmount Regular

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    Jun 19, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Ed Caggiani
    Would love to see comparison shots!

    Sent from my Nexus 10 using TalkNEX mobile app
     
  7. ecaggiani

    ecaggiani TalkEmount Regular

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    Jun 19, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Ed Caggiani
    Here are some outdoor shots using the Minolta MD 50mm f/2.0 and my NEX-3N:

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  8. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Looking good. Enjoy the lens.
     
  9. ecaggiani

    ecaggiani TalkEmount Regular

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    Jun 19, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Ed Caggiani
    Thanks Dave. Yes, I am enjoying the lens immensely though I have to keep in mind that shooting wide open means the DoF is so shallow that nailing focus becomes that much more difficult. I had several shots that were too soft because I forgot to stop it down.
     
  10. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Another very nice series - nice job Ed ;)
     
  11. ecaggiani

    ecaggiani TalkEmount Regular

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    Jun 19, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Ed Caggiani
    Thanks Nick!
     
  12. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    I never paid more than € 10 for any sample of this lens, they usually came with a body as it was Minolta's budget standard lens for the X-300/370/500/700 series. This must be the cheapest way to get absolutely gorgeous image quality for landscapes with a 50mm lens. On stopping down to f/8 it gets freakishly sharp in the center and even the extreme corners are more than adequately sharp. I've used the lens on an outing last Wednesday and decided to make a lens profile for Lightroom today. Much to my surprise I was wondering if the profile was at all functional; only on close inspection I noticed what amounts to a small barrel distortion by disabling the profile. Amazing! Most 50mm lenses still show some noticeable distortion, not this one. It doubles as sort of a low-light lens too, the center is useable but a bit soft at f/2 and sharpens up nicely at f/2.8 where most of the image is very good.

    This is a nice sample of the lens, the one I actually use is a little more beat-up :).
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    And these are some pics I took last Wednesday.
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    Just had to share my enthousiasm for this little marvel :).
     
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