Carl Zeiss Tessar 45mm 1:2.8

I bought this one to enhance my options in the 40-50mm range. My ideal standard lens is a bit shorter than 50mm and shows excellent sharpness across the frame at f/8 for landscape pictures. There’s only one other 45mm lens in my line-up, the Minolta MD Rokkor 45mm 1:2 and to be honest, I really don’t like it. Optically it is useable though not stellar, but especially the mechanics put me off: focussing feels plasticky and not at all smooth, even on the rather nice-looking copy I have now. Yuck.

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Canon Macro Lens FD 200mm 1:4

Not talking about a Minolta lens for a change. For some time I’ve been wanting to get a macro 200mm lens because I like the telephoto perspective for close-ups, especially when it comes to smaller lenses. They just look better to me that way. And if you don’t want to spend a truckload of money options are few, effectively limited to a Nikon Micro-Nikkor 200/4 AI(S) or this Canon FD macro 200mm.

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Minolta zoom lenses

Last week I was able to acquire the less common version of the Minolta MD Zoom 35-70mm 1:3.5, the plain MD version without the macro setting and a closest focussing distance of 1m, which explains why this version wasn’t very popular: 1m is inconveniently long, especially for use at a 35mm focal length.

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Lenses added

Two lenses have been added to my collection and therefore to my Minolta lenses website and the lenses galleries, click on the pictures below to go there.

Minolta MD Macro Rokkor 50mm 1:3.5
Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35mm 1:2.8
Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35mm 1:2.8

In search of a useable 20mm lens – Vivitar 20mm 1:3.8 by Kiron

For some time already I’m struggling to get a really good 20mm lens for my Sony A7. “OK, and so you buy an old Vivitar 20mm? What are you thinking?” Yeah, I know, just took a gamble with this one. It appeared on eBay, I set a maximum bid of some 50 euros on Auctionsniper and forgot about it. Lo and behold, I won it for 25 euros!

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