In between 1973-1976, Minolta revised the old optical design of the MC 2.8 / 35mm. Although reduced from 7 to 5 lenses, Minolta increased image quality. The MINOLTA 35mm 1:2.8 (5 lenses / 5 groups) is richer in contrast than other Minolta lenses I used and sharp from f/4 on the Fuji X - E2 when selecting b&white Filmsimulations like "red filter".
The cabin is located in one of Freiburg´s forest, the district of Waldsee, surrounded by trees. Listening to the water fountain and breathing pure oxygen. Silence.
This wonderful green burned seaweed teapot by Tokoname´s pottery master Hakusan been a pleasure to photograph. It holds around 280ml and serves delicious Sencha for 2-4 people.
The following Minolta MC Rokkor 55mm f/1.7 of 1969 ("mountain and valley" or MC - II) has a noticeably better open-aperture performance than the previous version (1966). It has 6 elements/5 groups. Manual focusing is silky smooth. The rather soft image appearance as well as its low price is a "secret" as a portrait lens on Fuji´s APS-C System cameras.
Although the lens is soft in the corners and showing loss of details when shot wide open, you can´t go wrong with a € 45,. lens. When stopping down 1-2 stops, this lens is impressive sharp. And Yes, it´s not Fuji´s 56mm 1.2 lens...
The X-E2 renders nice jpg´s, especially black and white. You need to add contrast in post though. Focus peaking makes manual focusing convenient.
All images shot with Fujifilm X-E2 and using OOC JPG´s. I only added contrast but did not sharpen in LR 4.4. or anything else.
The Fujinon XF60mm macro lens has a magnification factor of 1:2. There are various other options like the pricey Zeiss 50mm macro, which is a true 1:1 autofocus lens or vintage manual lenses like Minolta 50mm or 100mm using a converter.
I just posted some few sample images here and don´t go into details, since you find a very good article at Lichtklicker.
All images shot with the X-E2, Fujinon 60mm macro lens and Raynox DCR-250 using Velvia filmsimulation.
I am travelling to Hong Kong once a year. This time I only took the Ricoh GR and a Fuji X-100s with me. "Getting close" is what I really like in a crowded city like Hong Kong. By the way, I can barely distinguish images taken with the Ricoh and the one captured with the Fuji. More and more I think, all these discussions on the internet about gear is useless in real life. Free yourself, enjoy shooting and don´t hunt for more lenses and bodies. Make good use of what you already have.
I was writing about the excellent vintage Minolta 50mm f/1.4 MC Rokkor-PG lens already. This time I had the chance to compare the RAW files with the JPG files.
The Minolta 50mm f/1.4 MC Rokkor-PG is an excellent manual focus lens from the 1970s. It is sharp at all apertures and it´s usable @ f/1.4. for low light photography. The narrow depth of field creates creamy bokeh. Images are a little less contrasty but easy to fix in post. Balance of colors are neutral. Manual focusing is fun with the waffle-pattern rubber. This vintage lens is just a joy to use.
The Minolta 50mm f/3,5 Macro lens is an old standard focal length macro. On APS-C it´s a short tele about 75mm.