Minolta rokkor md lenses with /Panasonic Lumix g2

frankiedeanjnr

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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.
 

carpandean

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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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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.
 

frankiedeanjnr

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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.
 

Boyzo

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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.
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
http://www.rokkorfiles.com/
 

hmpws

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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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