45mm f/2 Rokkor-X on Minolta SRT

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45mm f/2 Rokkor-X on Minolta SRT

Post by minoly » Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:28 pm

A light plastic lens such as the 45mm f/2 Rokkor-X might seem out of place on a large and heavy body, but it's common to find them on used Minolta SRTs-- whether they were sold that way by a dealer or by the seller of the used camera, I don't know. The lens itself has a good reputation among Minolta users. Though I own one of them, I've only recently started to use it regularly. Its small size doesn't seem much of an issue except for making it a little easier to move the aperture ring unintentionally while focusing, particularly in cold weather when fingers aren't as sensitive. That's a minor problem to deal with if you like the results - which I do. Anyway, I posted some b&w photos from this combination here in May; now I have some which show what it can do with color. The film was Kodak Gold 200 commercially developed and scanned. The 2nd and 3rd photos have been cropped.
Birch Scene at Carpenter Nature Center
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Bending Branch with Berries along Minnesota River
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Dry Plants and Tree Bark
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Re: 45mm f/2 Rokkor-X on Minolta SRT

Post by PFMcFarland » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:52 pm

Nice, Bill. Can't remember if I ever used mine, I'll have to check the archives.

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Re: 45mm f/2 Rokkor-X on Minolta SRT

Post by minoly » Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:37 am

Thanks, PF. Interesting to see what you turn up. Ivor Matanle wrote a long arfticle some years ago in "Amateur Photographer" (as I recall) about Minolta SLRs and he gave the 45mm f/2 Rokkor high marks.

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Re: 45mm f/2 Rokkor-X on Minolta SRT

Post by melek » Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:42 am

While I like the compactness of the lens, I wish that it had a closer focusing distance.

I like using this lens on the XD 11, which is a sweet, SWEET body.
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Re: 45mm f/2 Rokkor-X on Minolta SRT

Post by Julio1fer » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:21 pm

Those are good results. 45mm was a popular focal length and Rokkors rarely disappoint.

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Re: 45mm f/2 Rokkor-X on Minolta SRT

Post by minoly » Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:34 am

Thanks for the comments. Mike-- I agree about this lens on the XD-11; I have one on an XD-5 and I should use it more. Julio--thanks for adding the point that 45mm has been popular; I can't give good reasons for why I like it, but on the SRT and on the HiMatic 7 it just seems to work out for many needs. Bill Delehanty

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