Minolta 50mm f/1.4
Minolta MC ROKKOR‑X 50mm f/1.4 on a professional black Minolta SRT-101. (55mm filters, 1.6'/0.5 m close-focus, about $50 used). I'd get it at this link directly to them at eBay (see How to Win at eBay).
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The Minolta MC ROKKOR‑X 50mm f/1.4 is a big, sharp, solid normal lens from the 1970s.
This new ROKKOR‑X version of the older MC 50mm f/1.4 has a big, fat grippy waffle-pattern rubber grip. The grip is among the best in photography, making focus easy, even with one fingertip, something you can't do with the old ribbed metal focus rings.
The lens is all metal under the rubber grip.
7 elements in 5 groups ("PG"), standard double-Gauss derivative.
6-blade diaphragm stops down to f/16.
55mm filter thread.
It;s got the typical optical performance of a spherical Gauss-derived fast 50mm lens.
It's ergonomics are excellent, with very grippy and smooth-turning aperture and focus rings.
I prefer its larger size and feel to the newer, smaller and more plasticy MD ROKKOR‑X 50mm f/1.4.
Older MC and non-MC versions lack the rubber grip, and instead have chrome aperture rings and all-metal ribbed focus rings.
Newer MD versions use more compact optics in smaller, lighter and more plasticy barrels.
This is my favorite Minolta 50mm f/1.4 lens.
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