Monday, November 11, 2019

The Perfect Normal, Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2

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Minolta X-700, Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2

The Perfect Normal, Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2

'Analog Diary - Five frames with the Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2, the 'perfect' normal lens for a 35mm full-frame camera'

One of the accepted definitions of the 'perfect' normal lens for a 35mm full-frame camera, a lens that reproduces a field of view that appears natural to a human observer, is based on the diagonal of the film frame, which measures 43.3mm.

Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2
A lens unique to the interpretation of this definition is the Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45m, F2.0, a very compact lens with a focal length that is very close to the measured distance.

Introduced in 1978, and only available as an MDII version, this lens is a rare case as Minolta will normally be replicated and made the lenses available over their camera version releases.

Not quite a true pancake, the lens is a blend of a plastic body and a 6-elements in 5-group glass. It measures 30.5 mm in length and weighs 125 grams, comes with 5 aperture blades, a minimum aperture of F16, and a minimum focusing distance of 0.6 meters.

With a large open aperture of F2, the lens is also a potentially good bokeh lens, and with its compact size, it makes the lens a worthwhile consideration for the street shooter, fashion or lifestyle photographer, simply as a lowlight lens or one to get good background separation with.

The 45mm focal length places the lens right smack in between a slightly wider 40mm and a slightly narrower 50mm. This could very well be the perfect fit for the do-it-all category, which are lenses recommended for family snapshots, travel photos, city and urbanscapes, and whatever have you.

Minolta X-700, Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2

At most time unnoticed, and grossly underrated except by gig lens connoisseurs, the Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm F2 is more than the sum of its parts. Images are exceptionally sharp, with good mid-tone contrast and accurate color reproduction. It is a lightweight both on the wallet and in the camera bag, and to whether Minolta body it is found attached to, it is the go-to lens.


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