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Showcase Minolta MD 50mm f1.7

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by applemint, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. applemint

    applemint TalkEmount Veteran

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    Sep 20, 2012
    Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 is a very common lens and can be found quite easily for not much money. Wide open it is soft and has a ghosting/glowing effect on sharp edges (might be okay for portraits) but stopped down it is nice and sharp. Very easy to focus with Focus peaking on the Nex.

    A couple of samples:

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  2. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    I agree, it's one of my favorite lenses, I love for portraits ....: O
    These are examples of how good it is, great shots
     
  3. sleekdigital

    sleekdigital TalkEmount Regular

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  4. Jaf-Photo

    Jaf-Photo TalkEmount Veteran

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    Mar 25, 2013
    It is a great and cheap lens, so there is no excuse for not getting it.

    Compared to the 50/1.4, I would say that the 1.7 is more of a fun lens and the 1.4 is a more serious lens, based on how they render the image. But I wouldn't want to be without any of them.
     
  5. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
    SE MI
    I really like this lens. Soft wide open, but killer sharp stopped down. At F4 still produces decent amount of background blur but is very very sharp. Plus, it's fairly light and portable.

    Although, SEL50f1.8 seems to be just as sharp stopped down but much better wide open. But then, it also costs 25x as much.
     
  6. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    I love the pic of the kitten.

    Tony
     
  7. antoniouslj

    antoniouslj New to TalkEmount

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    Oct 21, 2013
    I don't remember exactly what my aperture was set at, but the shutter speed was 1/50 and the ISO 400.

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  8. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Neat shot, welcome to the forum. :)
     
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  9. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Yes, welcome. And since this lens seems to be the consensus A#1 50mm legacy prime, I'm thinking this may be a great lens to have when the A7 comes out (and I can afford it).
     
  10. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
    SE MI
    They are almost dime a dozen (Minoltas, that is). And pleasure to use. No reason not to get one.

    Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk
     
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  11. antoniouslj

    antoniouslj New to TalkEmount

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    Oct 21, 2013
    Another pretty cool shot this time at F2.6 straight off the camera - no edit.


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  12. krosander

    krosander TalkEmount Rookie

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    Nov 5, 2013
    Michigan
    Kitchen sun

    A shot I took on Sunday, really enjoying the Minolta MD 50mm, especially at f1.7.

    [​IMG][/url] DSC04865 by michigankr, on Flickr[/IMG]
     
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  13. krosander

    krosander TalkEmount Rookie

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    Nov 5, 2013
    Michigan
    One more.

    Any tips on keeping a steady shot? I've got the peaking color on. I've heard some folks will take a 3 shot burst…

    [​IMG][/url] November Hydrangea by michigankr, on Flickr[/IMG]
     
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  14. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    The MD 50mm 1.7 is not such a heavy lens so personally I find it to balance well on the Nex.
    Since those adapted lenses don't have stabilization, keeping a steady shot takes practise (and adjust the shutter speed accordinly) - or use a tripod :D

    Nice shots btw ;)
     
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  15. Shutterdad

    Shutterdad TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 28, 2013
    Dallas, Texas
    I've seen these lenses on my favorite used gear website (KEH ) for usually $20-$30. This could be a cheap intro to the land of legacy prime lenses.


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  16. krosander

    krosander TalkEmount Rookie

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    Nov 5, 2013
    Michigan
    I'm extremely happy with the lens, found it for $10 on ebay. At wide open, the depth of field is pretty shallow so I've been opening it up a couple notches for portraits.
     
  17. michelb

    michelb TalkEmount Regular

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    Oct 27, 2013
    Greater Montreal area in Quebec, Canada
    Michel Brien
    Mine is a MD-Rokkor-X ( got it along the original D55NC shade for my MC 58mm F1.2 but the seller did not know that )

    Test at F2,8 on NEX-7 with Zhongyi Lens Turbo
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  18. krosander

    krosander TalkEmount Rookie

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    Nov 5, 2013
    Michigan
    What does the Zhongyi Lens Turbo do with the old manual focus MD lenses?
     
  19. michelb

    michelb TalkEmount Regular

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    Oct 27, 2013
    Greater Montreal area in Quebec, Canada
    Michel Brien
    I reduces the focal length by a factor of ,72 so your MC/MD 50mm lens actually gives you the coverage of a 36mm ( on APS-C )
    It also increases the amount of light entering the lens by 1 stop supposedly so your F2 lens becomes a F1,4 in light transmitted to the sensor ( this is why some of these are called Lens Turbo or Booster)

    The interest of these is that with a regular SR/MC/MD adapter, your lens stays at its nominal focal length so with the APS-C crop factor of 1,5 on NEX, this 50mm gives you the coverage of an equivalent to 75mm lens.
    If you have the lens Turbo or equivalent, your lens actually gets a second personality by giving a coverage using its full frame coverage again of close to 50mm ( actually the calculation is 50mm X 1,5 X ,72 = 54mm ( which is close to its full frame legacy )

    Same example would be to use a 35mm lens which covers a Full frame equivalent of 53mm when used on APS-C
    35mm X 1,5 X ,72 = 38mm ( which again is close to its full frame legacy )

    These gadgets are still somewhat expensive ( 125-150$) and i would not suggest you get one unless you have at least a couple of valuable SR/MC/MD lenses you intend to use on a regular basis. I did not try the Metabones ( around 450$ which may not suffer from this but i don't know of anybody that tried it yet)

    They also sometimes show a round purple circle ( internal reflection of the back of the aperture reflected on sensor) at smaller apertures with some lenses and in some specific lighting conditions ( high contrast due to sun close to the viewing angle or a lot of very bright highlights )
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  20. Illusionz97

    Illusionz97 TalkEmount Rookie

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    Dec 10, 2014
    Souther California
    Baby Olivia

    Reviving thread for a sec. No PP on pics either, straight on of NEX5N
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