MINOLTA MD ROKKOR 58mm F1.4

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SPECS

Year: 1966 or a little later
Focal Length: 58mm
Maximum Aperture: 1.4
Minimum Aperture: 16
Aperture Blades: 6
Weight: ~290 grams
Filter Size: 55mm
Angle of View: 41 degrees
Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.6 meters
Lens Hood: D55NA

(specs courtesy of here)

What a gem!  I have the Pentax Asahi Takumar 55mm F1.8 and was curious to compare to another lens of similar focal length … so I did a search and found this lens on eBay for all of $50.  Final results?  I like the output of this lens more.  Why?  Because stopped down it is razor sharp.

The Pentax Asahi Takumar 55mm F1.8 is a smaller, lighter lens with a much smoother focus ring. All of which I prefer. But I have found the output of this older Minolta to outperform the Takumar.  For portraits I’d like to have the option of shooting @ F2 with good sharpness and the Takumar is still too soft (for my liking when doing client work) until it gets to F2.8 or better yet, F4.  But on this Minolta, the lens is pleasantly sharp @ F2 (very usable for client work) and razor sharp at F2.8 and up.

Adapter: K&F Concept

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