Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 – Legacy 50mm. Which one is the best? Part 3

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9 Responses

  1. Unknown says:

    very nice review i think i will go ahead and purchase this now

    -Eddie

  2. I have this Lens and I use it on a Nex-5n. I like it because is light and balances well on the 5n.

    Cheers.

  3. Photography says:

    Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you 🙂

  4. Ian Y says:

    Hi… I wondered if you had a comparison with the MD 1.7 lens and MD 1.4 lens? Is there a great deal if improvement in the f1.4 version?

    thanks
    Ian

    • Hi Ian, I don’t have direct comparison, but from some brief tests that I did on FF sensors, sharpest Minolta was actually 50/2 wide open. I wouldn’t expect big difference in sharpness between the two you mentioned, I have a feeling though that 50/1.4 has slightly higher micro contrast and there is that f/1.4 DOF benefit.
      Cheers,
      Viktor

  5. malcolm kyle says:

    My dog ate this lens.

      • malcolm kyle says:

        He just said ‘ruff’

        Joking aside, I bought one just 2 hours ago for my Nex 5N for4 euros. It looks in perfect condition but I won’t find out for real until my MD/Nex adaptor (ordered 2 weeks ago) arrives. Focusing is a bit stiff though. Would silicon spray help? The serial number is 5487419. Will let you all know how it behaves.

        • Hi Malcolm, “ruff” means “great” in dogish I believe. To release the stiffness of the focus ring, you will need to open the lens and disassemble focus helicoid. It is my advice to give it to the proper service facility or to live with it. In any case, don’t spray anything on it or inside of it, that can permanently damage optics.

          Let us know how you like it when your adapter arrives.
          Cheers,
          Viktor

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