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LENS PORN: Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)
The Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 on a Nikon SLR!




The Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 has been getting a bad reputation among the Minolta community/forums. When I did a research, there were two versions: the earlier version with a single coating, which has been the one getting the bad rep, and the later multicoated version marked 'MC', which performs much sharper with saturated colors. (I can testify to that, being a Nikon user!)

Nobody gets excited with the thought of a 28mm lens with a maximum aperture of f/3.5 -- thinking that kit lenses start at that range/specs. But a prime lens always offers benefits over a kit lens, plus the added bonus of an aperture ring.

This also makes for an especially sharp macro lens when used with a reverse ring. I can say that based on my experience, this is the sharper and better lens for macro compared to my Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 (Pre-AI)... or I probably got a bad copy.



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SPECS


There is an earlier single coated version of this lens.

The lens being featured here has MC (multicoated),
making it a better performer. 

In case you're wondering what 'SG' stands for:
7 elements (Latin for 'Sept')
7 groups (G = 7th letter of the English alphabet)


Mount: Minolta MD (don't confuse with the Minolta/Sony A mount!)

Minimum Focusing Distance: 2 feet / 0.6 meters 

Filter Thread Size: 55 mm

Aperture Run: f/3.5 - f/16

#Aperture Blades: 6

Made In Japan

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)
Depth of Field preview tab

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

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SUMMARY


FOR

Used with a reverse ring, this lens will definitely kick ass my Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 (Pre-AI)!

Consistently sharp, contrasty and saturated colors from f/3.5 all the way to f/16

This is the MC (multicoated) version, which makes it awesome for landscape shots. It is MUCH better than the earlier single coated version that has been getting a bad reputation.

Build quality feels superb!

Smooth focus ring, short focus throw, snappy aperture ring.

Very little distortion for a wide angle lens

It has no color cast. It has the same colors as my modern Nikkor and Sigma lenses when I use the same Preset White Balance.



NEUTRAL

I love the image quality this lens delivers... too bad I need an adapter (with optical glass for infinity) to use it on my Nikon DSLR.

For macros and landscape, I like it when the lens can stop down to f/32.



AGAINST

I'm strongly against the Minimum Focusing Distance of 0.6 meters. For some reason, I always find that focal length is related to MFD. Like 50mm's normally have MFD of 0.6 meters, 28mm's normally have MFD of 0.2 meters).



CONCLUSION

Okay, so this lens is very sharp and saturated even wide at f/3.5. And that is a huge feat if you take in the context of comparing it against lenses from its era (late 1970s). I like everything about this lens, except for the MFD. I wish it could focus even closer.

I know that they are in a different league on their own, but comparing this to my Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 (Pre-AI), this lens really beats the Nikkor when I used it for macro/closeups.


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LINKS

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5: (No Edit)

Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon F Adapter: (No Edit)

Samples from other users:

Video Demo (Minolta 28mm):

Video Demo (Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter):

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SAMPLES

Nikon D5200
JPEG Basic/Small
White Balance - Preset
Picture Profile - Standard
HDR/ADL/Flash - Off

All photos are unedited, as they were from the camera.

These were the shots I took using freelensing, therefore, only macros. You can already see how super sharp and saturated the images are even at f/3.5. Considering this is a very old lens!

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)



A month later, I was able to get my hands on a Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (with infinity). I'm wary that adding optical glass will somehow affect the image quality. I did notice just a bit of softness compared to the shots above. So please, judge with a pinch of salt...

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)
f/3.5 (the artifact was probably caused by the adapter, can't be avoided)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)
f/16

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)

Minolta W.Rokkor SG 28mm f/3.5 MC + Pixco Minolta MD to Nikon Adapter (Infinity)
With a Kenko Softon A Filter.


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1 comments :

  1. Hi RattusYu,
    I thank for your review. While I don't doubt that you are correct about the better lens coatings, I think that the MC designation stands for Meter Coupled.
    Regards,
    Michael.

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