Minolta SR 50mm 1:1.4 lenses comparison – MC-X, MD I, MD-II, MD-III

Minolta SR 50mm 1:1.4 lenses comparison:

  • Minolta MC Rokkor PG 50mm 1:1.4 (MC-X)
  • Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.4 (MD I)
  • Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.4 (MD II)
  • Minolta MD 50mm 1:1.4 (MD III or New-MD)

This is the comparison of Minolta-SR 50mm lenses – from Rokkor MC up to New MD – all are the best classic 50mm lenses ever, and this selection of the winner is just an option – photographers can use any of these lenses without doubts and without reading of this article, but it was curious to find out how the Minolta’s optics changes from generation to generation.

The comparison is big enough and maybe boring, so, if you prefer to sort out in details – you need the patience to look over all diagrams with samples, if you just interested who is a winner – go to the end of the article, but such way is not to recommend, because it would be better if someone controls the author’s conclusion.


Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.4 MD I – review

Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm 1:1.4 MD I – vintage manual lens test and review (55mm filter thread)

  • Official classification: MD
  • Collector’s classification: MD I

This is the first Minolta MD series lens with 50mm focal distance and the second 50 mm lens in the whole Minolta SLR career – for SR-mount cameras. This note about SR-mount is required because there were three 50mm lenses by Minolta for LTM (1947-1958?) – all three have been reviewed on this site, so, this article is about one of the famous SLR fifty in the world – the great Rokkor MD of the first generation.