Minolta XD 7 with a cult classic lens
Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.7 55mm filter thread.
It is a well balanced lens that in summary has not a single disadvantage.
The german magazin "test" in all criteria gave this lens a very
the best possible classification!
My Minolta XD 5 with another cult
classic lens mounted.
Minolta MD W.Rokkor 24mm 1:2.8 55mm filter thread and six rubber
The lens set was also sold under the Leica label und rumors go that
this lens finally convinced Leitz to take Minolta for their partnership.
A tag sharp lens from center to edge and a very big recommondation
to get it.
Some lens tests tested nearly 150 linepairs/mm for this lens.
My Minolta XE 5 with my favorite normal
prime lens mounted.
Minolta MC Rokkor-X PG 1:1.4 50mm with four rubber rows.
The lens is the sharpest beast at 5.6 and 8 I ever found for 35mm film
Some lens tests in the 1970ies tested more than 150 linepairs/mm for this
I have no doubt!
My Minolta SRT101/303 body.
It is technically a SRT 101 but I later replaced the top because of a deep
I bought it in the 1980ies very cheap together with the following top performing
MC Rokkor-PF 1:2 50mm 55mm filter thread
and two rubber rows.
There were rumors that this lens in some ways has similarity
with some versions of the Leica Summicron.
I cannot confirm this statement, but the optical performance
of this lens is simply outstanding.
The only slight disadvantage I have found,
was a (very) little bit more light fall off at apertures 2 and 2.8.
All these bodies work without any problem since today. Because of the battery
problem with the SRT's I use it without battery and therefore without internal light
It's not a problem for me, because I can use my Gossen light meter.
The real thing that holds my by the line are the old Rokkor lenses. They are
really jewels! My Grandpa used to say:
"The lens takes the picture"
In my photographic carreer I tried hard to find any better 35mm SLR system
but till now nothing beats the old Rokkors I use. In the
beginning of the 1970ies Minolta has reached a calculation and production standard
for lenses that even Leitz takes over some of the known well performing optical units from
Minolta in there lens line.
Here are my current Minolta (mostly Rokkor) lenses each followed by my short
MC W.ROKKOR-NL 1:2.8 f=21mm
the newest item in my collection view some pictures in my Minolta
MD W.Rokkor 24mm 1:2.8
floating focusing, and very good performance at f8 from close to infinity, very good contrast too
|MC W.Rokkor-HH 1:1.8 f=35mm|
a wonderful havy lens with outstanding mechanical built quality, now my
favorite 35mm lens, very good wide open and very good contrast too. I also
own a second example of this lens in old full metal construction wich is equally
sharp but shows minimal less contrast. Its a wonderful lens too...
|MD W.Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8|
a compact 1.8 35mm lens but I now prefere my MC
|MD W.Rokkor 35mm 1:2.8|
a very, very good compact 35mm 2.8 lens but I prefere the 1.8
|MC Rokkor 1:2.8 35mm |
a lens with wonderful mechanical built quality, optically nearly on par with
my 1.8 35mm and has the prefered 55mm filter thread
|MD Rokkor 1:2 45mm|
nearly unused, I don't
like this lens, it feels cheap built to me not on the same level as my other
Rokkors, optically its a full usable good lens, but it stayes slightly visible behind
the best other 50mm Rokkors
|MC Rokkor-X PG 1:1.4 50mm |
my favorite normal prime lens, razor sharp at 5.6 and 8, especially at
apertures up to 5.6 clear visible better than my MD Rokkor 1:1.4 50mm
|MD Rokkor 1:1.4 50mm 55mm filter thread |
since I got the MC 1.4 a seldom used lens, but may be due to the fact that
the MC is such a exeptional lens!
|MC Rokkor-PF 1:1.7 50mm|
used seldom, but when used picture quality was outstanding too
|MD Rokkor 1:1.7 50mm (first MD Rokkor version with 55mm fiter thread)|
also a exceptional good lens, at f2.8 and f4 it even beats the 1.4 Rokkors,
has very little distortion too, and very good flare resistance due to the
recessed front lens
|MC Rokkor 1:2 50mm |
I own two examples, in optical performance both are equal and very very
sharp too, nearly comparable to my MC 1.4
|MD Rokkor 1:2 50mm |
This lens is very good, but the coating seems cheaper to me compared to the
earlier MC Rokkor PF 1:2 50mm. And also my photographic results show very,
very slightly less contrast. So I prefer the older MC Version. Lens elements
itself seem to me to be unchanged.
|MD Macro 1:3.5 50mm |
for close ups a optically really unbeatable sharp lens!
at infinity shots slightly visible behind the best other Minolta 50mm primes
one of the seldom examples for a plain MD lens where built quality is nearly
comparable to the old MC Rokkor version
|MC Rokkor 1:1.2 58mm|
My favorite universal normal lens by far. Wonderful class leading bokeh and very, very
sharp too. It is for practical usage equal as sharp as the best other 50mm
lenses. Wonderful pictures at f2.8 and I have Pete Ganzels Adapter to mount
it on my Minolta AF and Sony DSLR Systems too. Its really worth it, trust me!
|MC Rokkor 1:1.7 85mm|
A focal length I absolutly love, and this is my favorite 85mm, sharpness, contrast,
bokeh all outstanding
- the best portrait lens at f2.8 of my line, sure a lens I don't want to live
|MD Rokkor 85mm 1:2|
Sharpness, contrast all outstanding at f5.6, very sharp even wide open but
bokeh stays slightly behind the MC 1.7, a lens I will never sell because it
is equal sharp up to the corners.
|MC Tele Rokkor 1:2.5 100mm |
a well built perfect lens, very sharp even wide open. But competion is hard
in that focal length and I personally prefer my 85mm Rokkors. For
close distance shots my MD Macro Rokkor 1:4 100mm is simply unbeatable and
so my usage of this lens is not close to what it deserves.
|MD Macro Rokkor 1:4 100mm |
a superb sharp lens at f8 and f11 a Macro lens near perfection IMHO. It even
outperforms the high rated Tamron SP 2.8 90mm by a slight margin.
As with the 50mm Macro the performance decreases very slightly for infinity
|MC Rokkor PF 1:2.8 135mm (the six element version)|
clear my bokeh champion in the 135mm league, not completly as sharp as the
MD Rokkor 135mm 1:2.8 but still
very good and a wonderful
creamy lens when used wide open
|MD Rokkor 135mm 1:2.8 (the havy four element version)|
Beats the MC 135mm concerning sharpness and contrast; concerning bokeh
I think the MC has the advantage, but this is another point to be examined
in more detail.
|MD Rokkor 1:4 200mm |
Seldom used, if I need this focal lenght I most often go with my MD Zooms
1:4.5 75-200mm or 1:4 70-210mm which are very good too from medium (120mm) up to the long zoom
|MC Rokkor 1:4.5 300mm |
A wonderful built lens I use seldom and therefore I too got a Kiron MC7 2xTC and a
Minolta 2xTC to get
600mm focal length. It has a good reputation too, but I havn't used this
lens enough till now to make any statements. On my Sony Alpha APS-C mounted
with a lensless adapter it gave very good results.
|MD Zoom Rokkor 1:3.5 35-70mm|
Seldom used too, but only because I love my primes so much, the lens
clear deserves much more usage. Once I compared it again many 50mm primes
and it clear outresolves the older Tessar Designs from Eastern Germany and
Yashica Japan and therefore deserves its very good reputation in the range
from 35 to 55mm, at the long end you'd better stop down to f8 to keep
contrast and resolution high
|MC Zoom Rokkor 1:4.5 80-200mm |
Not much used till now, but a very nice lens and the first Tele Zoom of the
Minolta/Leica co-operation. I think outperformed by the two newer designs.
|MD Zoom 1:4.5 75-200mm |
Very good performance from medium to long zoom range, where many zooms of
this range degrade in contrast.
At short range I prefer to use my primes, because they outperform the zoom lenses
here and I prefer their lightweight handling too.
|MD Zoom 1:4 70-210mm |
Now my favorite Tele Zoom. Its the third and last of the
Minolta/Leica co-operation Tele Zooms;
My findings are: It ist equal as sharp as my 75-200 but wider. I compared all the three legendary Minolta Tele Zooms against my
Tokina 4/80-200mm and this is my winner. I also own this lens design in a
"beercan" for my Minolta/Sony AF-System
Minolta MC W.Rokkor 1:2.8 f=35mm 55mm filter
thread. A very good performer.
But now I prefer my MC W.ROKKOR-HH 1:1.8 f=35mm.
Also my Minolta MD W.Rokkor 35mm 1:2.8 49mm filter thread
is a very, very good performer concerning sharpness.
My MD Macro f=50mm 1:3.5 the next cult
classic lens in the Minolta line.
Here full extended with its life size adapter mounted
that lets you take pictures up to scale 1:1 (=life size).
This lens is corrected to have zero distortion and for distances closer
the sharpest lens you can imagine.
I found it to have a little bit more than 50mm focal length ca. 52mm
My loved Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 100mm
showing havy usage through the last 25 years,
but optical it delivers a picture quality like new!
This lens in the 1980ies beats in the high rated color foto
"Praxis test" from Walter E. Schön all competitors
including Leitz, Zeiss, Olympus, Canon and Nikon.
I know why! No doubt a real jewel!
A Zoom I often use is the Minolta MD
Its optical identical to the older MD Rokkor version and also was
sold by Leitz as Leica Vario-Elmar-R 4.5/75-200mm. Its a focal range, where
construction of optical high quality lenses seems to be possible to me.
And Minolta did it very well and fortunately the otherwise so often usual
optical degration due to cost reduction was omitted in the case of this
The new MD version here has the advantage of the quick snap in lens hood that,
could be snaped in, in reverse direction for transportation sake.
A zoom I have seldom used is the Minolta Zoom
Rokkor 35-70mm 1:3.5.
It also was sold by Leitz under the Leica label as
Leica Vario-Elmar-R 3.5/35-70mm and also was a test winner!
The optical quality from low to medium zoom range is very good,
at the upper end you should better stop down the aperture to 5.6 or 8.
But I prefered the best primes because they performed even slightly better.
The lens hood is mounted on the outer thread, wheras filters are mounted
at the inner thread, a unusual and uncomfortable method I think.
I got it as Kit lens bundled with my XD5 1980. What a great difference,
those days minolta bundled such high performance lenses with a body,
compared against those chunk lenses 28-80mm or 28-100mm these days.
I sometimes use a