My Minolta Lens Collection

My Minolta lens collection has slowly been growing. I find that with the use of an appropriate adaptor, legacy lenses from the past work really well on my Micro Four Thirds camera bodies and on my Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera body.

The following tables list my Minolta lens collection.

Minolta MC.Rokkor – S1 1:2.8 f=24mm
Image                   TBD Serial Number 2016058
Max – Min Aperture 1:2.8 – 1:16
Min – Max Focal Distance 0.3 m – infinity
Thread diameter 55 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 36 mm (1.5 crop)
48 mm (2x crop)
Comments Great lens for street work. Compared to Leica.Very good correction of aberrations without light falloff. Exceptional optical optical quality (sharpness !) on the center area of the frame wide open and (expecially) when stopped down at all distance (best at middle distance), on both APS-C and FF. A bit soft wide open on the corner of the frame, expecially on FF DSLR, also when stopped down to f8. Absent of distorsion on APS-C DSLR. Slight distortion on FF DSLR. A complex with floating lens elements design. Great bokeh if used at f2.8 at minimal focusing distance. A bit prone to flare if hard lights hit the frontal lens. Great mechanical costruction. A Minolta optical design shared with Leitz. A gem.
Minolta MC W Rokkor-SI 1:2.5 f=28mm
Image                   TBD Serial Number 1568817 (TBD)
Max – Min Aperture 1:2.5 – 1:22
Min – Max Focal Distance 0.3 m – infinity
Thread diameter 55 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 42 mm (1.5 crop)
56 mm (2x crop)
Comments Great lens for street work.Although this is the oldest f2.5 version (1969) its performance is very good also on Full Frame DSLR. At f2.5 the optical quality is good, but only on the center of the frame, while there is a light falloff on the corner. At f4-4.5 the optical quality is very good and costant along the whole frame. Best performance at f5.6. A complex with floating lens elements design. It suffers from yellowing of internal lens and so it is better to use B&W (film or slides) or DSLR set in RAW and AWB mode. A bit prone to flare if hard light hits the frontal lens. Great mechanical costruction. A gem.
Minolta MD W.Rokkor – X 1:2.8 f=28mm
Image                   TBD Serial Number 2016058
Max – Min Aperture 1:2.8 – 1:22
Min – Max Focal Distance 0.3 m – infinity
Thread diameter 49 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 42 mm (1.5 crop)
56 mm (2x crop)
Comments Great lens for street work.Very good correction of aberrations without light falloff. Absent of distorsion. Great optical quality on the center of the frame wide open and when stopped down at all distance. A bit soft wide open on the corner of the frame. A complex with floating lens elements design. A bit prone to flare if hard light hits the frontal lens. Great mechanical costruction, but not as good as the MC version. A Minolta optical design shared with Leitz. A gem.

 

Minolta MD W.Rokkor 1:1.8 f=35mm
Image                   TBD Serial Number 1204992
Max – Min Aperture 1:1.8 – 1:22
Min – Max Focal Distance 0.3 m – infinity
Thread diameter 49 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 53 mm (1.5 crop)
70 mm (2x crop)
Comments Absent of distorsion. Great optical quality when stopped down between f5.6 and f8. A bit soft wide open. Light falloff from f1.8 to f4. Great mechanical costruction. A gem.

 

Minolta MD Rokkor – X 1:2 f=45mm
Image                   TBD Serial Number 2147943
Max – Min Aperture 1:2 – 1:16
Min – Max Focal Distance 0.6 m – infinity
Thread diameter 49 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 68 mm (1.5 crop)
90 mm (2x crop)
Comments None.

 

Minolta MC Rokkor-X 1:1.4 f=50mm
Serial Number 3835871
Max – Min Aperture 1:1.4 – 1:16
Min – Max Focal Distance 0.5 m – infinity
Thread diameter 55 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 75 mm (1.5 crop)
100 mm (2x crop)
Comments Very good performance starting from f2. Need to be stopped down to f2.8 to improve sharpness on the corner of the frame (24x26mm format). Great optical quality (stopped down) on the corner the frame from f2.8 to f8. Absent of distorsion. A bit soft wide open (f1.4). Great bokeh between f2 and f2.8. Better bokeh in respect to MD Rokkor version. Great mechanical costruction. A gem.

 

Minolta MD 1:1.4 f=50mm
Serial Number 8121233
Max – Min Aperture 1:2.1 – 1:16
Min – Max Focal Distance 0.45 m – infinity
Thread diameter 49 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 75 mm (1.5 crop)
100 mm (2x crop)
Comments Good performance when used from f2 and f4 on the center of the frame. Need to be stopped down to f2.8 to improve quality on the corner of the frame (24x36mm format). Great optical quality (stopped down) on the corner the frame from f2.8 to f8. Absent of distorsion. A bit soft wide open (f1.4). Better colour rendition in respect to MC Rokkor version. Great mechanical costruction. A gem.
Minolta MC Macro Rokkor – QF 1:3.5 f=50mm
Image                   TBD Serial Number 2503498
Max – Min Aperture 1:3.5 – 1:22
Min – Max Focal Distance 0.23m – infinity
Thread diameter 55 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 75 mm (1.5 crop)
100 mm (2x crop)
Comments None.
Minolta MC Rokkor – PF 1:1.7 f=55mm
Serial Number 2578806
Max – Min Aperture 1:1.7 – 1:16
Min – Max Focal Distance 0.55 m – infinity
Thread diameter 53 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 78 mm (1.5 crop)
110 mm (2x crop)
Comments Min focal distance may be less than 0.55 m.

 

Minolta Auto Rokkor – PF 1:1.4 f=58mm
Image                   TBD Serial Number 1250288
Max – Min Aperture 1:1.4 – 1:16
Min – Max Focal Distance 0.6m – infinity
Thread diameter 55 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 82 mm (1.5 crop)
116 mm (2x crop)
Comments A classic Rokkor lens from the SRT-101 era. Very good performance when used from f4 to f11 on the center of the frame. Need to be stopped down to f2.8 to improve quality on the corner of the frame. A bit soft wide open (f1.4). Great bokeh from f1.4 to f2.8. Great mechanical costruction. A gem.
Minolta MC Tele Rokkor-X 1:2.5 f=100mm
Image                   TBD Serial Number 1617128
Max – Min Aperture 1:2.5 – 1:22
Min – Max Focal Distance 1m – infinity
Thread diameter 55 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 150 mm (1.5 crop)
200 mm (2x crop)
Comments None

 

Minolta MC Tele Rokkor – PF 1:2.8 f=135mm
Image                   TBD Serial Number 1108283
Max – Min Aperture 1:2.8 – 1:22
Min – Max Focal Distance 1.5 m – infinity
Thread diameter 55 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 203 mm (1.5 crop)
270 mm (2x crop)
Comments Great tele focal lens.Very good performance from f4 to f8. Usable at f2.8 but only on center of frame. Good sharpness and contrast. The color rendition and capacity to reproduce shadow are quite good. Great bokeh (in this respect this is the best 135mm Rokkor) and mechanical costruction.

 

Minolta MC Rokkor – PF 1:1.7 f=85mm
Image                   TBD Serial Number 2501338
Max – Min Aperture 1:1.7 – 1:22
Min – Max Focal Distance 1m – infinity
Thread diameter 55 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 128 mm (1.5 crop)
170 mm (2x crop)
Comments An impressive piece of glass and metal ! Good performance lens at f2.8 on the center of the frame (good enough on the corner). Excellent optical quality (stopped down) from center to corner between f4 and f5.6. A bit soft wide open (f1.7). Great bokeh between f2.8 and f4. Great sharpness at f5.6. Great mechanical costruction. A gem.
Minolta MC Tele Rokkor – QF 1:3.5 f=200mm
Image                   TBD Serial Number 5538641
Max – Min Aperture 1:3.5 – 1:22
Min – Max Focal Distance 2m – infinity
Thread diameter 62 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 300 mm (1.5 crop)
400 mm (2x crop)
Comments An impressive piece of glass and metal ! Very good performance wide open from center to corner. Very good correction of aberrations (chromatic, coma, spherical) without light falloff. Very good optical quality (stopped down) from center to corner between f5.6 and f8 (also on 24x36mm format). Great bokeh between f3.5 and f5.6. Great mechanical costruction.
Minolta MD Zoom 70-300mm 1:4.5 – 5.8
Image                   TBD Serial Number 51501771
Max – Min Aperture 1:4.5 – 1:22
Min – Max Focal Distance 1.5m – infinity
Thread diameter 55 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 105 – 450 mm (1.5 crop)
140 – 600 mm (2x crop)
Comments None
Minolta MD Zoom 70 – 210 mm 1:4
Image                   TBD Serial Number 1135369
Max – Min Aperture 1:4 – 1:32
Min – Max Focal Distance 1.1m – infinity
Thread diameter 55 mm
35mm FOV Equivalent 105 – 315 mm (1.5 crop)
140 – 420 mm (2x crop)
Comments This is another one of the best Minolta MD Zoom ever made. Great optical quality for a zoom lens (expecially on the center of the frame). Very good correction of aberrations without light falloff. Some distorsion between 135mm and 210mm. Overall performance like a prime lens. Better bokeh in respect to MD Rokkor 75-200/4.5. Better overall quality at shorter distances (expecially on the center of the frame) in respect to MD Rokkor 75-200/4.5. A Minolta optical design shared with Leitz. A gem.