Monday, April 23, 2018

Take Five: Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7

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Down By The Lake

'Digital moments, a fishing tournament down by the lake, with a Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7 mounted on the Olympus E-P5.' 

A quick detour to the local city lake where a fishing tournament was being held. Did not have the change to spend as much time as I needed and just managed these few shots of part of the substantial crowd well dispersed on the bank of the lake. Participants have already cast their line and are now waiting for the bites.


The MD 50 mm f/1.7, as tested, is the last in a long line of standard kit primes produced by Minolta for SR mount bodies. It is a pleasant lightweight, and on the unit I used focus is still smooth and handling on the E-P5 is just about right, if not excellent. The lens has a 49mm filter thread, easy to come by on the auction sites, and is relatively inexpensive.



Resource Links:
Ella Water Painting - Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 Manual Focused on the Panasonic GX7
Thoughts on A7 with the Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 legacy manual lens: Sony Alpha Full Frame E-mount Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

Monday, April 16, 2018

Throwback 2009: The Long End

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The Long End

'Images with the long end of the Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 mounted on a full frame SLR film camera'

Continuing from where I left off with the Throwback 2009: Wide-Angle Vignettes, posted previously. These are the images from the long or telephoto end of the lens, which to me, is about as normal as what they are supposed to be. As I mentioned in the previous post, this was a fun session where I had the Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom mounted on a Maxxum 7000.


The whole idea of mounting a DSLR lens, more so one designed for the ASP-C sensor, was actually an experiment with which you can get interesting results. Lenses designed for ASP-C sensors have a smaller imaging circle, and at the wide end on the lens, the image circle is much smaller than the film frame size, thus the vignette effect, which will dissipate as you zoom in past the 24mm focal length mark on the Sony DT.



Resource Links:
The Minolta a7 (Maxxum 7, Dynax 7) is the Perfect Film SLR for Shooters Who Want it All
Minolta Alpha Sweet 35mm AF Film SLR

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