VAST COLLECTION OF VARIOUS MINOLTA SR (MC?MD) LENSES
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Minolta made an extensive array of lenses for the manual focus SLR system, and thankfully, given the lens mount remained the same throughout the history of the company the lenses from any era will mount onto all manual focus bodies, with varying degrees of functionality.
The lens mount, contrary to common belief, is actually called the “SR” mount, not the “MC” or “MD” mount. The terms MC and MD relate to different series of Minolta lenses, with different features. All of the lenses, however, use the same SR mount.
Another term commonly seen in relation to Minolta lenses is the term “Rokkor”. Rokkor was a brand name used for all Chiyoda Kōgaku Seikō and later Minolta lenses between 1940 and 1980, including a few, which were marketed and sold by other companies like Leica. The name was derived from the name of Rokkō, a 932m high mountain, which could be seen from the company's glass-making and optics factory at Mukogawa near Osaka, Japan. The company's founder Kazuo Tashima wanted the name to symbolize the high quality in optics.
The brand was so well respected among photographers that some customers asked for "Rokkor cameras" and questioned the origin of the lenses when the first Minolta lenses without the Rokkor designation hit the market between 1977 and 1980. Many continued to call at least the manual-focus Minolta SR-mount lenses "Rokkors" long after the name was dropped.
There are now even totally unrelated pseudo-brands named Rokunar and Rokinon (similar sounding mixups of various respected photographic brands like Rokkor, Riconar (by Ricoh), Rikenon (by Ricoh), Nikkor (by Nikon), Fujinon (by Fujifilm), etc.) trying to capitalize on the power of Minolta's brand.
Until around 1975, the Rokkor (or Rokkor-X) name was followed by a two-letter combination indicating the optical formula of the lens. The first letter stood for the number of groups (T=3, Q=4, P=5, H=6, S=7, O=8, N=9), while the second letter indicated the number of elements (C=3, D=4, E=5, F=6, G=7, H=8, I=9, J=10, K=11, L=12), f.e. a Rokkor-QF was a six element lens with four groups.
As to the MC/MD mount lenses, they can't be beat. The old Rokkors are the best by far, Minolta made some wonderfully adaptable systems and are well worth checking out.
50mm 1.7 and 1.4, (the older 1.7 50mm can focus so close, it'll seem like a macro lens!) the 50mm macro is wonderful, the 85mm 1.7 is one of the the BEST 35mm lens. Something about the bokeh on the Minoltas are just so much nicer and different.
If you love to shoot with primes, or need primes for video, you can do very well (especially for the money) with MD/MC lenses. And the Minolta lenses are true bargains. Leica and Minolta were very sympatico shared a similar philosophy about image making.
Minolta lenses are among the best of their type ever made by any manufacturer. Minolta’s 50mm and 135mm lenses are unusually sharp, contrasty and the color rendering is among the best optics in the world in this price range. Minolta was a first tier lens maker, so good that Leica collaborated with them and even adopted few Minolta lenses to be sold under the Leica label. Minolta was the main contributor into SONY today’s phenomenal success.
If you decide to go with Minolta, your pictures will be as good as they can be, your lenses will last forever, and you will have some money left over to take your loved-one out for a nice dinner. Minolta makes everyone happy 😊
Minolta SR lenses are excellent and very competitive with the best of Nikon, Canon, Pentax, etc. Even Leica went to Minolta for some lens and camera body designs. Used MC/MD glass is an absolute bargain compared to other used gear.
Most important – in particular for a filmmakers – is the consistency of color and contrast over the whole line of lenses. Minolta was striving for by making their own glass and carefully balancing its color with their coatings. Just like others, they improved coatings over the years and younger versions are always maintained the Minolta look.
Leica (from whom Minolta learned a lot about optics) has never achieved such a level of consistency, they tried to make every single lens as good as possible, with remarkable results. But Summicrons for still cameras with a different number of elements can have quite different color and contrast. Apart from that, the Minolta look is closer to Leica than Zeiss, which are also quite consistent in color
Some call Minolta lenses “poor man's Leicas” for a reason
Whichever Minolta SR Lens you choose, you can be guaranteed of great optical performance.
THE LIST OF LENSES IN THIS COLLECTION INCLUDES:
- MINOLTA MC W.ROKKOR-X 28mm F2.8 - $160 (OUT OF STOCK)
- ALBINAR ABC 28mm F2.8 MACRO - $155
- MINOLTA MD 28mm F2.8 - $175 - SOLD
- MINOLTA MC W ROKKOR_SI 28mm F2.5 - $195
- MINOLTA MC W.ROKKOR HG 35MM F2.8 - $160 (OUT OF STOCK)
- MINOLTA MC W.ROKKOR-X 35mm F2.8 - $160 (OUT OF STOCK)
(SOLD) - MINOLTA MD ROKKOR-X 45mm F2.0 - $195 (OUT OF STOCK)
- MINOLTA MC ROKKOR-PG 50mm F1.4 - $140
- MINOLTA MC ROKKOR-X PG 50mm F1.4 - $140
- MINOLTA MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.4 - $140
- MINOLTA MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7 - $110
- MINOLTA MD 50mm F1.7 - $120
- KALIMAR MC 50mm Auto F1.8 - $95
- MINOLTA MC ROKKOR-PF 58mm F1.4 - Excellent Portrait Lens - $225
- MINOLTA MC TELE ROKKOR-PF 135mm F2.8 - $175 (OUT OF STOCK)
- MINOLTA MC TELE ROKKOR-X 135mm F2.8 - $175 (OUT OF STOCK)
- MINOLTA MC TELE ROKKOR-QF 200mm F3.5 - $215
- MINOLTA TELE ROKKOR-PE 200mm F4.5 - $155
- MINOLTA ROKKOR-X 100-200MM, F5.6 - $145
- SIGMA Z 300mm F5.6 - $195
- VIVITAR AUTO 300mm F5.5 - $220
- MINOLTA MD ZOOM 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 - $115 - (OUT OF STOCK)
- ZYKKOR MC ZOOM 80-200mm F3.5 (constant) - $145
- VOIGTLANDER COLOR-ZOOMAR MC 35-135mm F4-4.5 - $350
All lenses in this collection are Minolta SR (MC/MD) mount or Minolta SR mount compatible and can be easily adapted to all contemporary mirrorless cameras with quite inexpensive adapters. The entire collection consists of top-notch lenses. All of them are in very good condition, without any serious imperfections.
Many of our Minolta SR lenses came from Japanese photo dealers. This lenses were professionally tested and adjusted (if needed).
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