Minolta MD 24-50mm 1:4.0 Zoom vs MD 24mm 1:2.8, MD 28mm 1:2.8 (5×5), MD 35mm 1:2.8, MD 50mm 1:1.4 – comparison

Minolta MD 24-50mm 1:4.0 zoom vs primes comparison.

  • Minolta MD Zoom 24-50mm 1:4.0 (MD III)
  • MD 24mm 1:2.8 (MD III)
  • MD 28mm 1:2.8 (5×5) (MD III)
  • MD 35mm 1:2.8 (MD III)
  • MD 50mm 1:1.4 (MD III)

In most cases, top-rated fixed focal lenses are better than zooms, but it isn’t always true, and here is one of the exclusions.

Minolta MD 24-35mm 1:3.5 Zoom vs MD 24mm 1:2.8, MD 28mm 1:2.8 (5×5), MD 35mm 1:2.8 – comparison

Minolta MD 24-35mm 1:3.5 Zoom vs primes comparison.

  • Minolta MD 24-35mm 1:3.5 Zoom (MD III)
  • Minolta MD 24mm 1:2.8 (MD III)
  • Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.8 (5×5) (MD III)
  • Minolta MD 35mm 1:2.8 (MD III)

It is believed that the sharpness of prime lenses is better than that of the zooms… Mostly.


Minolta MD 24mm 1:2.8 vs MD VFC 24mm 1:2.8 – comparison

Minolta MD 24mm lenses comparison:

  • Minolta MD 24mm 1:2
  • Minolta MD VFC 24mm 1:2.8

VFC lenses are rare and not common guests in comparisons, so, the article probably may be interesting not for photographers only but for researches too.

This comparison is correct only for conditions and equipment used for tests. Test results may differ if any element is changed.


Minolta MD 24mm 1:2.8 – review

Minolta MD 24mm 1:2.8 vintage manual lens test and review

  • Official classification: New-MD
  • Collector’s classification: MD III

Very popular lens, it stays on position close to legendary status. It has a great IQ and can give for owner everything which can be expected from 24mm fast prime. Independently of the camera.

Among all lenses Minolta, which have been tested on the site, New-MD 24 / 2.8 has brought more problems. Sometime after the first test and review, I managed to get another copy of the lens, and it turned out that it was noticeably sharper than the first. According to other materials on the Internet, I’m sure that this sharpness is more suitable for this model, and a new copy – the most correct.

I had to redo all the tests with 24mm lenses (including zoom lenses) on an infinite distance and this current article is on the list.
(“Romantic” test that shows the difference between the two copies Minolta New-MD 24 / 2.8 will be published soon. And, yes – it is the most significant difference in performance between the two lenses, Minolta, which has found to date. Moreover, this difference has a huge lead over the rest.)
On this page, you can read the already fixed version of the article with the most reliable data.