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Opinion on the Minolta MC 58/1.4 I picked up...

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Web-Betty, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Veteran

    337
    Jun 16, 2013
    Denver
    MJ
    I picked up an old Minolta SRT101 with the 58/1.4 Rokkor PF for $40 at the Goodwill this past weekend. I already have the 50/1.7 so I'm not sure if I should keep this for $40 or take it back (I have up to 10 days to return).

    Below are some holiday test shots I've taken. Does anyone see any issues that my noob, untrained eye doesn't see? All shots are E-M5 handheld inside with natural light, and minimal raw PP in Lr4 (Huelight profile, highlights/shadows/contrast/presence tweaks, standard Lr4 sharpening applied).

    f1.4 | ISO 800 | 1/200 sec

    131218_PC180027.

    f2 | ISO 800 | 1/100 sec

    131218_PC180022.

    f2.4 | ISO 800 | 1/100 sec

    131218_PC180011.

    f2.4 | ISO 800 | 1/40 sec

    131218_PC180013.

    f4 | ISO 800 | 1/20 sec

    131218_PC180053.

    Even though these are all at ISO 800 I'm really pleased with the quality. I just don't know what I should be looking for to determine if a) this lens is a keeper (especially considering I have the 50/1.7), and b) it's worth $40.

    Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    Price wise, they usually command close to 60-75, so it is a good deal from a value standpoint. Never really used it as a close-focusing lens, but three and especially four show this lens strong suits. Sharp when it needs to be, but softer wide open. Even after getting the 58 1.2, still thinking I am going to keep the 1.4 for how it renders certain things. But, as I said in another thread, between it and the 45/2, I don't really find much use for the 50mm 1.7 I have (both MC and MD).
     
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  3. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    This is a great portrait lens and that's what I use mine for, although I still prefer my MD 50mm f1.4. I also have the 50 1.7 but I barely touch it. I guess it depends on what you want to use it for. I find the f1.4 aperture and the extra stops between that and f2.8 to be very useful. Although the focal length is a bit too long for general photography. If you can find a 50mm f1.4 for a reasonable price definitely snatch that up. :smile:
     
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  4. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Veteran

    337
    Jun 16, 2013
    Denver
    MJ
    I definitely want to try it out as a portrait lens, but my two little models were at school. ;)
     
  5. Steven

    Steven Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2012
    USA
    I have one too and like it a lot. I think it's a very good price. Those shots look good. I don't usually use it wide open though. For me, most F1.4 legacy lenses pretty much mean f2.0 instead, heh :)
     
  6. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Veteran

    337
    Jun 16, 2013
    Denver
    MJ
    Agreed. I really like this at 2.4. I'm itching to try it out as a portrait with my boys, and I want to see how it looks stopped down even more, but I need some better light for that and haven't had a chance to get it outside yet. I'm off the next 2 weeks, so there will definitely be some experimentation going on. :2thumbs:
     
  7. dadadude

    dadadude Mu-43 Regular

    156
    Jun 12, 2013
    San Carlos, CA
    David
    +1
     
  8. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    It's not completely unusable wide open like some might suggest, especially if you want a softer dreamy look to your portraits. All depends on the light conditions really. Saying that though I generally shoot this one around f2. Here's a portrait I've taken with this lens:

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    Jason by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Nice lens for nature work as well:

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    Painted Lady 2 by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr
     
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  9. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Veteran

    337
    Jun 16, 2013
    Denver
    MJ
    Wonderful shots! I know that "tack sharp" is all the rage these days, but there's something to be said about a nice, dreamy portrait. I'm not a pixel peeper--these shots look superb to me. :2thumbs: