Had a friend ask me which lens between the Minolta 50 MD Rocker f 1.4 and the Takumar SMC 50mm f1.4 was better in my opinion?
Minolta’s 50mm F/1.4 is a nice well constructed sharp vintage lens that produces good images and bokeh – some say it’s the best lens Minolta ever made though I can’t offer an opinion on that.
The same can be said of the SMC Takumar 50mm f1.4 – solid construction, sharp, and better bokeh in my opinion edging the Minolta in those categories.
I’ve owned both and of the two the Tak is the one I’ve kept, but that’s me, another person given the same choice might opt for the Minolta.
I suggested if possible they give both a trial run and as luck would have it he knew someone with a copy of the Minolta and I lent him my Tak.
So fast forward a few days and my friend stopped by to return the Tak and commented it was an awesome lens.
Made on offer for mine which I declined and helped them look for a good copy on the net that they purchased for $35 – an outright steal considering what this vintage lens is capable of.
Upon arrival they asked if I would give it the once over to insure nothing was amiss, not only was it in perfect working condition but like new – glass was clean, aperture quick and responsive, cosmetically a 9.5, focus ring smooth and well dampened, and had both front and rear caps.
The one in the photo is mine and I’m inclined to also believe it is awesome..
If you’re entertaining the idea of an all manual lens you’d do well to consider either.
There’s a another lens I’d recommend for those on a budget – the one I took this photo with, the Sigma 30mm f2.8 dn art – sharp as a tack.