Friday, June 29, 2012

Minolta MD 85mm f2 - Another Sample

Driving is back -- NEX-5N & Minolta MD 85mm f2

The reason I have not used this lens much, is due to the very stiff focusing ring.  To gear addicts like me, properly calibrated, and well maintained equipment is a big factor in enjoying the picture taking process.  Sticky, stiff, choppy focusing is a real downer.  You feel it every time you take a picture.  This, however, does not stop me from liking this fabulous lens.  In some ways, the smaller size and lighter weight makes up for the 1/3 stop of light loss to my other favourite portrait lens - the Minolta MC-Rokkor 85mm f1.7.  Probably for this reason, the 85mm f2 is very popular portrait lens choice.


  1. I agree, I would much rather have a smooth focus lens with decent glass versus a lens that has pristine glass but suspect mechanics, even if it is a highly regarded lens.

    1. Indeed. There is nothing worse than having to endure rough focusing each time I take a picture.

  2. Agree with the focusing issue - it usually costs me $40-50 to get this fixed, and for a lens like this, probably worth it.

    The thing I love most about this picture is the Scion FR-S....