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My first legacy MF lens has arrived!!!

NickCyprus

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Just received this from the post office today morning!!!
Sorry no photos yet since I'll have to wait another 2-3 weeks for my adapter to arrive...

Its a Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7 and I'm super excited to take some photos soon

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Special thanks goes to Claire aka "nianys" ;)
 

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Congrats! I feel your pain, my Vivitar 28/2 (OM mount) and Konica AR 40/1.8 are both sitting lonely in my cabinet because the free-shipping mounts take forever!
 

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Ah, yes - the agony of waiting for the #&@% adapter to arrive. I know it well. :(

It will be over soon enough and then I think you're in for some fun. I like these old Minotas - they seem to have their own distinct vibe - "smoky" is the latest, best description I've come up with.
 

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Nick , I like this lens so much, and I kind of kicked myself in the ribs for sending away my like new copy while using a fungus one (lol) that I ordered another unit, from the previous series, with the same coatings, but metal build. Should have it this week.
 

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And the LBA ( Lens Buying Addiction ) begins! ;)

Welcome to the wonderful world of manual focus legacy lenses. :)
 

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CONGRATULATIONS
I have the same lens like you get now, Minolta Rokkor x 50mm f/1.7 and love it, is one of my favorites, offers great detail, contrast is very good despite its low price.
 

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Freddy, you should add these excellent shots to the Sample Archive.
 

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Thanks all !!!

As soon as I receive my adapter I'm gonna try it and post some pics ;)
This would be my first try with manual focus on a legacy lens (I've tried MF on Nex lens) so I'm mostly curious to see if I can do MF at all...

Q: I've seen some that write Minolta MD-Rokkor X and their aperture ring goes until f/16 (mine says just Minolta MD and goes to f/22). Did they make 2 versions of those?
 

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I'm so excited for you Nick.

Most older lenses only stop down to f16. Most modern lens designs can go one stop smaller to f22. I'm guessing your edition is a later model of the same lens.
 

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I'm so excited for you Nick.

Most older lenses only stop down to f16. Most modern lens designs can go one stop smaller to f22. I'm guessing your edition is a later model of the same lens.
I'm thinking that the minimum aperture ability has got something to do with the frame size, although I may be wrong. An F/22 aperture would be OK on a crop size sensor, but I can't imagine it being much use on a 35mm full frame, hence why older 'full frame' lenses only stop down to F/16. Anyone know if I'm on the right track ?
 

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Oh man ! I've just rubbished my own theory ! I've just checked both of my Canon FD lenses and they go to F/22 !! So much for my knowledge of apertures and frame sizes :)
 

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Thanks for the answers & links ;) :thumbup:


On another note, I'm suprised no-one noticed the blurred background, lol :p
 

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F22 would not be of much use anyway though due to diffraction: Diffraction Limited Photography: Pixel Size, Aperture and Airy Disks
This is true for digital photography, and we have to be mindful that pre-digital lenses were designed for exposing film emulsions - where the 'angle of incidence' isn't as critical as that of digital sensors. This is the same reason why some ultra-wide legacy lenses are causing purple fringing on the NEX but never had this issue when used with film (the NEX7 sensor is especially vulnerable to this, with a higher array jammed into the same sensor area).

We can safely assume that native AF lenses are compensated for this and are designed specifically for exposing digital sensors. I use my SEL16 wide angle all the time on f22 and I've not had any diffraction issues with it.
 
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