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Minolta rokkor md lenses with /Panasonic Lumix g2

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by frankiedeanjnr, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. frankiedeanjnr

    frankiedeanjnr New to Mu-43

    Nov 28, 2010
    Salema, Portugal
    Has anybody got this combination?? If so what are the results like?? I have got 2 Minolta lenses.1 MINOLTA MC ROKKOR-X PF 1:2 50MM MANUAL FOCUS & 1 MINOLTA MD ZOOM 35 - 70MM f3.5 MACRO MANUAL FOCUS. I am currently awaitng the Adaptor.
  2. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    I'll be awaiting the answer, too, as I have an MC/MD adapter on order for my gf1. I have some old MC lenses and may pick up some of their primes (some subset of 28mm/f2.8, 35mm/f1.8, 45mm/f2.0, 50mm/f1.4, 85mm/f2) and perhaps a 35-70mm/f3.5 macro lens. Rokkor files has a lot of information about the different lenses, including comparisons of different models of the same focal length. I've seen some decent results from these lenses on :43: and they tend to be pretty inexpensive (assuming you stay away from some of the more exotic ones.)
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  3. chasm

    chasm Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 2, 2010
    I had/have a whole MD system - the fact that the lenses could be used on µ4/3 was a major reason for my buying into the system, as Minolta lenses are notoriously difficult to adapt otherwise.

    My favourites:
    50mm f1.2 - superb ultra-fast portrait lens, only weighs 315g
    50mm f3.5 macro - light enough to hand-hold even with the extension tube
    100mm f4 macro - also vg
    135mm f3.5 - incredibly light & compact.
    All of the above are from the most recent (plain MD) range, so probably early '80s.

    I also have/had:
    16mm f2.8 fisheye - pointless!
    24mm f2.8 - don't use as the Panasonic 20mm is so good, & lighter & faster
    24-50mm f4 - too heavy on GF1, now sold
    35mm f1.8 (early MC Rokkor) - too heavy for what it can do, sold
    45mm f2 - light but I prefer the 50mms
    50mm f1.4 - gorgeous lens but the f1.2 tends to win
    50mm f2 - vg but ditto, so sold
    58mm f1.2 - heavier than the 50mm, so sold
    35-70mm f3.5 - feels good on the camera, haven't experimented much yet - maybe gd for video?
    50-135mm f3.5 - see below 70-210mm, now sold
    85mm f1.7 - lovely but unbalanced on my GF1, probably vg on G2 etc, on sale with Ffordes - I now use a Jupiter 85mm f2
    70-210mm f4 - one-touch zoom tricky on GF1, see above
    200mm f3.5 - cheap as chips & gd quality but v heavy
    300mm f5.6 - simply too long! sold

    The Novoflex adaptor feels as though it'll outlast me, let alone the rest of the equipment!

    Good luck with all that - I really think the Rokkor lenses are unjustly neglected, especially in the µ4/3 context.
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  4. frankiedeanjnr

    frankiedeanjnr New to Mu-43

    Nov 28, 2010
    Salema, Portugal
    Thanks Guys
    I will post some pictures in the near future.
    Best Regards
  5. frankiedeanjnr

    frankiedeanjnr New to Mu-43

    Nov 28, 2010
    Salema, Portugal
    Got my MD/MC - M43 adapter today from ebay (cam2_uk) £25.00, a really nice snug on to the body of my Pan g2. Attached a MINOLTA MD ZOOM 35 - 70MM f3.5 MACRO MANUAL FOCUS, got some great result's (Have posted 1 picture) The macro 1.4 - 1.7 is awsome.
  6. Boyzo

    Boyzo Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 3, 2010
    The 50mm f1.2 is a great lens and would work fine
    You can get direct MC to m43 adaptors now.
    Pics here http://boyzo.smugmug.com/Art/Minolta/7700272_ctegD#497593816_tUjsX

    Lens resource here thats a must look
    Rokkor lenses are some of the best ever made they even made a lens for Leica once
  7. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    I believe that he has the 50mm f2, not f1.2. He said 1:2.

    On a related side note: my list is growing. I've got the 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f2, both last generation "plain" MD.
  8. hmpws

    hmpws Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 24, 2010
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I am still waiting for me 50mm f/1.4 rokkor to arrive, I had the 1.7 before but sold it because I couldn't find much much use for that focal length. I really haven't used my 35-70mm much, the focal length just fits in no-man's land :S... though i heard it definitely was a good lens for film.

    On the other and, I loved the 135mm f/2.8 the few times I used it.
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