Monday, March 5, 2018

Scary Cat, Minolta MD 28mm F2.8

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Olympus E-P5, Minolta MD 28mm f/2.8

Scary Cat, Minolta MD 28mm F2.8

'Digital Moments - An evening on the porch with the manual focus Minolta MD 28mm F2.8 legacy lens adapted to the Olympus Pen E-P5'

I have to admit that it was rather a hilarious evening.

I was out and about on the front porch looking for the opportunity of grabbing a few test shots of the glorious sunset with the Minolta MD 28mm F2.8 attached to the E-P5 when I glanced back over my shoulder and caught the sight of one of our neighbor's cat perched on the edge of the mansard.

Minolta MD 28mm f/2.8, ViewLooking rather stiff and scared, almost immobile, with ears pointed, the cat was actually fixated on the unfolding scene of the sunset which is happening on the rooftop of the houses across the street. Took the opportunity of grabbing these few shots as well, with images that may be at the expense of the excellence of the lens in terms of its sharpness, but not in contrast.

An MD 28mm F2.8, the Rokkor version, is generally said to be one of the best from Minolta, close to the excellence of the MC W.Rokkor-SI 28mm F2.5 and the MD Rokkor 28mm F2.

Subsequent to that is the plain MD's, these are without the ROKKOR (ROKKOR-X for the US) word on the nameplate. These include the 7 elements in 7 group design which can be identified by the serial number which is 80xxxxx, and later again to a simpler 5 element in 5 group design with 70xxxxx serial numbers.

These two can also be differentiated by a different design detailing of the conical plate joining the name ring and the front of the lens. You can learn more about these lenses at Ad Dieleman's Minolta SR mount 28mm Lenses web page.

Olympus E-P5, Minolta MD 28mm f/2.8

Built of plastic and glass, with a metal mount, and weighing in at about 190gram, the MD 28mm F2.8 is a lightweight and compact beauty. It fits well with the ergonomics of the E-P5, does not make the camera any much heavier, and handling is effortless.

The focal length equivalent of the MD 28mm on the E-P5 is 56mm, almost equivalent of a standard nifty-fifty on a full frame SLR.

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