Testing a 30 year old lens
Posted 15 April 2017 - 12:54 PM
The Minolta beercan is typical of their design philosophy, with an emphasis on overall rendering, colour and contrast, but a bit weak in micro contrast. Of course, the Minolta lens team moved to Sony when they bought the camera business. When they teamed up with Zeiss, they put out some lenses with great rendering and micro contrast.
The older manual MD version mentioned above has even better optics and it is quite easy to zoom and focus due to the push/pull and twist mechanism. It was also sold as a Leitz lens, which is a testament to its quality.
If you're new to photography, I guess it's easy to think that newer is always better. Sometimes newer just means that the bean counters found some new way to cut production costs.
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