I’ve been having a lot of fun lately shooting with the little Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 on the Panasonic GX7. The quality build and excellent optics of this older lens really shine through. Using the Fotasy Minolta MD to M4/3 Adapter, it’s a perfect melding of old and new technology.
The above side view shows just how small the lens is, especially considering more than a third of what you’re seeing above is the MD to M4/3 adapter plus front and back lens caps. It’s about the same size as the Nikon 50mm f1.8D lens.
Focusing is relatively easy using the focus peaking feature on the GX7, and the focusing ring on the Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 is smooth as butter. It’s amazing how much nicer manual focusing can be on an older lens vs a newer one. Puts the truth in that old cliche… “they don’t build ’em like they use to.”
Most importantly, it’s a heck of a lot of fun shooting this way! I’ve had more fun playing with the Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 this past Holiday Season than I had with any other camera set-up. It’s got me excited to hunt down some other manual focus lens treasures.
At f1.7, the Minolta 50mm is capable of some VERY sharp images, but you do have to pay careful attention to the focus peaking and your technique or it’s easy to end up with a bunch of out of focus shots.
Considering the fact that you can pick up a clean copy of this lens for less than $50 if you shop around, this little gem of a lens is a REAL bargain!
I’m interested to do some shooting with the Minolta MD 50mm f1.7 on a high resolution Sony body like the Sony a7R II to see how it performs, and I’m also planning on doing some shooting on a Sony a6000 where I think it will make that sensor shine.
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