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Minolta MD 50mm f1.7

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49mm

Minolta SR

f1.7 - 16

.45 meters

n/a

1981

n/a

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     This was the normal lens for the X-700 and other X series cameras.   It has a fair amount of plastic in it.   It is lightweight and smaller than Rokkor lenses.   Focusing is smooth and positive.   Focus throw is 1/2 turn.  Aperture clicks at f1.7, f2.8 then 1/2 stops thru f16, then f22.   The MD mount is actually an SR mount.  It is modified to allow program modes on the X-700.    
     The lens balances very well on the Eos M3.    Focusing is easy enough.   

     Minolta decided to jump from f1.7 to f2.8 on this lens.  At first I didn't see the point, but after shooting a few pics I realized that f2 would have been a silly addition to the aperture ring.  

     At f1.7 it is sharp but it does show some diffusion as if a soft focus is being used.    At f2.8 it is legitimately sharp in the center.     Bokeh fringing is very noticeable wide open but disappears completely by f4.  

     Contrast is excellent w/ good shadow detail.   

     Color rendition is neutral and saturation is normal

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f2.8

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f1.7 - 100% crop - fringing

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f2.8

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f2.8

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f1.7

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f1.7 & f2.8

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f2.8

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f1.7 - 100% crop 

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bokeh fringe - f1.7

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bokeh fringe reduced - f2.8

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bokeh fringe gone - f4

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