Every Minolta collector knows about this lens and will probably own or want it; at least I did, but the exorbitant prices for this thing always put me off: there’s no way I’m going to splurge a thousand euros for it. Continue reading “Minolta RF Rokkor 250mm 1:5.6”
The most prominent feature of this lens is its weight indeed: with 600g it is the heaviest Minolta macro lens you can find. It is a chubby, hefty lens and it oozes mechanical quality. The matching life-size adapter is aptly provided with a tripod mount, while the adapter for the MD Macro 100/4 successor hasn’t one.
My first Minolta MC 135mm lens, this is the oldest of the two MC versions with a rubber-clad focus ring. According to Dennis Lohmann’s lens index it is the optical design with 6 elements in 5 groups; the later version has the 4/4 design in common with the early MD Tele Rokkor 135/2.8 lenses.
This is a somewhat rare find: a Minolta Tele Rokkor-QE 200mm 1:5. The lens doesn’t have an automatic diaphragm and wide-open it’s only f/5, thus keeping the price lower. It was introduced in 1964 and so it wasn’t Minolta’s first 200mm: in 1960 Minolta brought the more expensive Auto Tele Rokkor-QF 200mm 1:3.5. In the price list shown at Dennis Lohmann’s site the 200/5 is listed for $119.50 vs. $199.50 for the Auto 200/3.5.
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.