Minolta MD 35mm 1:1.8 two copies comparison – LensRomantic

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Minolta MD 35mm 1:1.8 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.

Minolta New-MD 35mm F1.8 can be alone in a photographer’s lens set, and it would be enough for everything.

One of the tested copies is waiting for the re-lubrication of the helicoid, but I’m sure this fact can’t affect the sharpness/resolution.

Copy #1 Copy #2
Serial: 8001096 8001251
Optical Condition: Near Mint Excellent
Mechanical Condition: Very Good Mint
Cosmetic Condition: Good Near Mint

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

Full lens review

Minolta MD 35mm 1:1.8 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

Final conclusion

I do not see differences that are worth mentioning. Can’t say that both are twins because of a slight (very slight) advantage of copy #1 at the corner if wide opened but it is too little to speak about it.


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