Quick-Review: Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8

Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8

Specifications

  • Diameter: 66mm
  • Length: 68mm
  • Weight: 415g
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Number of aperture blades: 6
  • Close Focusing Distance: 0.3m
  • Mount: Minolta SR

The Minolta MC 35mm 1:1.8 usually sells for around $115-160 at ebay.com (affiliate link). 
In Germany you can buy it for 120-160€ at ebay.de (affiliate link). 

Sample images

Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8
Sony a7 | Minolta MC Rokkor 35mm 1:1.8 | f/1.8 | full resolution

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Quick Review: Minolta MC/MD 85mm 1:1.7

Minolta MC Rokkor 85mm 1:1.7

Specifications

  • Diameter: 71mm
  • Length: 62mm
  • Weight: 455g
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Number of aperture blades: 6
  • Close Focusing Distance: 1m
  • Mount: Minolta SR

The Minolta MC/MD 85mm 1:1.7 usually sells for around $210-280 at ebay.com (affiliate link). 
In Germany you can buy it for 130-180€ at ebay.de (affiliate link). 

Sample images

Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7
Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7 | full resolution
Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7
Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7| full resolution

Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7

Sony a7 | Minolta MC 85mm 1:1.7 | f/1.7 | full resolution

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Review: Nikon AF-S 20mm 1.8G

Introduction

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Sony A7s with Metabones Nikon G -> Sony E Adapter and Nikon AF-S 20mm 1.8G

This is a review of Nikon’s latest fast wideangle lens and how it performs on Sony’s A7 series. It may come as quite a surprise, as I usually prefer using (and reviewing) rangefinder lenses on my A7s. Still, I almost always carry this lens with me, so read on to find out why.

Sample Images

Sony A7s | Nikon AF-S 20mm 1.8G | f/1.8 | 3 shot panorama |
Sony A7s | Nikon AF-S 20mm 1.8G | f/1.8 | 3 shot panorama | higher resolution
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Sony A7s | Nikon AF-S 20mm 1.8G | f/11 | full resolution
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Sony A7s | Nikon AF-S 20mm 1.8G | f/2.8 | full resolution

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Review: Samyang 2/135 ED UMC

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The Korean lens manufacturer Samyang has become popular for affordable and optically good lenses in the last few years. The Samyang 2/135 is one of the latest additions to their lineup. It is on the high end of their price scale – does this reflect in high optical performance?

Sample Images

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Sony a7ii | Samyang 2/135 | f/2 | full resolution
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Sony a7ii | Samyang 2/135 | f/2 | full resolution
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Sony a7ii | Samyang 2/135 | f/2 | full resolution

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The Team

Two New Faces

For two years I was the only author on this blog but I am very happy that I now have two co-authors  who are as passionate about photography and (manual) lenses as I am. There are so many interesting lenses out there that I have no chance to cover them all alone and together we can cover a lot more lenses.

I think it is about time to introduce them after they have already published a few articles.

Jannik Peters

0709120d-b4c9-4b04-bc6b-48f25a6ebe42Jannik works as an engineer and lives in northern Gemany.

Jannik is interested in many lens systems but I would say that his focus is on two manufacturers: Zeiss and Canon FD. So far he has published reviews of the Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21, Zeiss Sonnar 3.5/100 and a comparison of 35mm Canon FD lenses.

You can follow Jannik on flickr.

Bastian

7fdbce72-c1b2-4975-a99d-6ec1c99f01b8Bastian lives in the south of Germany and besides his main job he runs workshops about nature and architecture photography. You can check out his web site if you are interested.

Bastian is specialized in M-mount and Nikon F-mount lenses. So far he has published reviews of the Voigtlander  2/28, Voigtlander 5.6/12 and Leica Summicron 2/90 pre-ASPH.

You can follow Bastian on flickr.

Phillip

DSC01359I am of course still on board and I still study and live in western Germany.

More recently I have reviewed many Zeiss lenses but I also bought my first lenses from Olympus (OM 2/100) and Pentax (SMC K 3.5/28) which I both like a lot and I look forward to exploring both systems a bit more. In the past I have reviewed many Canon FD and Minolta SR lenses and I plan to review a few more Minoltas in 2016.

You can follow me on flickr and on facebook.

Review: Zeiss Sonnar 2.8/90 T*

Zeiss Sonnar 2.8/90

The specs of the Carl Zeiss Sonnar 2.8/90 sound great: Small, cheap, it’s from Zeiss so it should be very sharp and with the right adapter it even offers AF on the a7II! So how will it actually perform? Read on if you want to know.

Thanks to Uwe for loaning me the lens and Techart adapter for this review!

Sample Images

Zeiss Sonnar 2.8/90 Sample Image
Sony a7II | Zeiss 2.8/90 | f/2.8| full resolution
Zeiss Sonnar 2.8/90 Sample Image
Sony a7 | Zeiss 2.8/90 | f/5.6
Zeiss Sonnar 2.8/90 Sample Image
Sony a7II | Zeiss 2.8/90 | f/2.8

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Review: Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 Distagon T*

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Since the introduction of the Contax Distagon 2.8/21 in the 1980’s, the 21mm lenses from Zeiss have a long and glorious history of being some of the best wide angle lenses in the world. While the Loxia 2.0/35 and the Loxia 2.0/50 are refined ZM-Designs, the Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 is the first Loxia lens that features a new optical design. Lets have a look if the Loxia 2.8/21 can keep the heritage alive.
31/05/17 Update by Bastian: I have been using this lens regularly for a year now and Jannik asked me if there is anything I would like to contribute to his review, so I added a few notes and sample images.

Sample Images

Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 | f/5.6 | ISO 100 | A7II
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Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 | f/5.6 | ISO 100 | A7II | Full Size
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Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 | f/2.8 | ISO 100 | Sony A7R

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Review: Leica 90mm 2.0 Summicron M

Introduction

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Sony A7s with Leica 90mm 2.0 Summicron M (pre Asph) and VM-E close focus adapter (Helicoid)

The Leica Summicron-M 90mm 2.0 in the version reviewed here has been Leica’s top of the line portrait lens from 1980 to 1998.  In search for a decent yet fast and small portrait lens for the A7 series I decided to give this one a try, so read on to find out how it fared and if it can still be found in my bag.

Sample Images

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Sony A7s | Leica Summicron M 90mm 2.0 | f/8 | panorama from 4 shots | full resolution
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Sony A7s | Leica Summicron M 90mm 2.0 | f/2 | full resolution
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Sony A7s | Leica Summicron M 90mm 2.0 | f/2 | full resolution

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