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Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm f2

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49mm

Minolta SR

f2 - 16

.6 meters

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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 - vignetting on APS-C

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f2 - fringing at 100%

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f2.8 - 100% crop

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f2 - minor bokeh fringing

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f2 - 100% crop

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f2 - 100% crop

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f2 - color shift

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f2.8 - noticeably better

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f4 - color shift still visible

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