Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.8 7el7gr two copies comparison – LensRomantic

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Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.8 – 7 elements in 7 groups formula – two copies comparison (New-MD, MD III)

The description of a LensRomantic test is here. These comparisons are for collectors or tech-enthusiasts. Photographers may go directly to a lens review.

Copy #1 Copy #2
Serial: 8072626 8095781
Optical Condition: Excellent Excellent
Mechanical Condition: Near Mint Near Mint
Cosmetic Condition: Near Mint Near Mint

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

Tested lenses review:

Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.8 7el7gr two copies comparison – long-distance resolution test

Testing methods description

  • Target: cityscape
  • Distance: > 200 meters to center focus point
  • Camera: Sony A7II (24mpx, full-frame, tripod, remote control). M-mode, ISO fixed, WB fixed, SteadyShot – OFF. The focus point is on the center only.
  • RAW processing: Capture One, default settings. All quality settings – 100%. Crops – 300×200 px

Scene preview

Test results

Minolta MD 28mm 1:2.8 7el7gr two copies comparison – final conclusion

I don’t see any difference which should be mentioned. Both lenses work like twins.

Note: some photographers believed that this lens with the 7×7 formula is one of the best at Minolta on a focal length of 28mm. But tests on the site several times showed that this is not so. Yes, the lens is not bad, but far from the best. Then some readers suggested that the tested copy has issues. Now there is a confidence that everything is OK with copies and with test results too.


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