Rusty old Dodge Suspension -- NEX-5 & Minolta MC Rokkor-pf 85mm f1.7. Click for larger.
Bought this lens few weeks ago at the camera show, along with a Carsen-Polaris 85mm f1.7, which has a stuck aperture. These two lenses share some similarities: same maximum aperture, same great build quality, about the same size, similar coating, similar minimum focusing distance.
Generally, 85mm lenses have a pretty long minimum focusing distance at around a meter (or 3 ft), so it's not really a good lens for close ups, but this focal length is not intended to be used for this purpose. After all, it's a portrait lens. The sad thing is that none of my kids wants me to take their pictures any more, so I haven't taken any pictures of people. I will have to snick a picture or two later on when they don't notice.
Broken -- NEX-5 & Minolta MC 85mm f1.7 @ f1.7. Click for larger.
Image quality -- so far I am quite happy with it. Usable wide open and as with most lenses, sharpness and contrast improve with the aperture stopping down a little. I am no longer a pixel peeper; there is more to image quality than just sharpness. It's the sum of all aspects that makes the lens unique, not just sharpness. This lens has only six aperture blades, but the bokeh looks quite nice, even when shot at f2.8 or smaller.
Bokeh -- NEX-5 & Minolta MC 85mm f1.7. Click for larger.
Personally, I don't think there is too much difference between this lens, and the Takumar SMC 85mm f1.8, except the Takumar feels nicer both focusing and holding in hand, and more expensive than the Minolta. Will do a comparison if time permits.
Wheel -- NEX-5 & Minolta MC 85mm f1.7.