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Monday, May 14, 2018

Minolta MD 50mm F2, The Clouds Above

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Olympus E-P5, Minolta MD 50mm F2

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Minolta MD 50mm F2, looking up, above, and around.

The MD 50mm F2, perfect as it is, is the slowest non-macro standard prime produced by Minolta. It is less common than the faster MD 50mm F1.7 which was the mainstay as a kit lens for Minolta SR system cameras.

Minolta MD 50mm f/2

For its compact and lightweight body form, the F2 is actually a delight to use. It focuses smoothly and handles well, and focus peaking on the E-P5 is almost perfect at any aperture in good lighting conditions.

The lens is one of the most low-cost SR lenses on many auction sites, but as you might be able to discern from the images, you will probably get a lot more in image quality when compared to the cost of acquiring the lens itself.

Olympus PEN E-P5, Minolta MD 50mm f/2

It was a very nice, sunny, and bright day with plenty of cloud cover drifting across the otherwise very bright and blue sky when I took the MD 50mm F2, mounted on the Olympus E-P5, out for a quick take session. It was quite a sight, with blue skies, majestic clouds, and it does not take me long to decide what the test shots of the day were to be.

Images were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and the final print sharpening was on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.




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