Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35mm f/2.8

June 8, 2019

Well first of, I’m mostly a 50mm type of guy, and I generally go longer, not wider. So the Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35mm f/2.8 is a bit of a gamble for me.

I’ve owned it now for a couple of years, but really haven’t used it much. For the longest time I thought it was a 28mm, that’s how often I’ve used it.


Plane spotting with my daughter. Sony A7, Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35mm f2.8 @ 1/4000, ISO100, F/x


Rantakatu in Vaasa. Sony A7, Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35mm f2.8 @ 1/400, ISO100, F/8

As with my previous lens reviews, I do not focus on the technical precision of a lens. This is just my general feeling / opinion about the lens, take that as you will.

Introduction

I bought this lens for 39€ from Kameratori, at the same time that I bought the Minolta Rokkor-PF 58mm f/1.4.

The median price of this lens on ebay seems to be around 70€, give or take 20€.

My specific copy is from ’60’s, so it’s fairly old at this point.

Statue of Freedom, Vaasa, Finland
The Statue of Freedom in Vaasa city square. Sony A7, Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35mm f2.8 @ 1/1600, ISO100, F/8

Build quality and handling

Generally speaking, the lens seems to be quite well built, the housing and all parts (except for the glass obviously) are made of metal. The overall size of the lens is quite small. I can’t see an issue where you not bringing this lens along would be because of it’s size, it’ll fit in your pocket, with ease.


The Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35mm f2.8

Though it does get a bit bigger when adding the MD-NEX adapter (which is needed if you want to adapt this lens to a modern digital camera, like the Sony A7). But not unwieldy so.

When looking through my specific copy, I can’t spot any dust or haze, which is astonishing for it’s age. So optically speaking, it seems to be in a very good condition.

Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35mm f2.8
The Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35mm f2.8

Though mechanically, my lens, seems to have a very stiff focus ring. Not so stiff that it doesn’t move, but it does take a fair bit amount of pressure for it to rotate. It gets a lot worse the colder it is, which makes me think it’s got something to do with the lubrication (or lack of?). I don’t know if this is a common issue or not, but I wanted to mention it nonetheless.

Conclusion

Street art on junction boxes
Sony A7, Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35mm f2.8 @ 1/1600, ISO100, F/2.8, (-1 EV)


Aleksaterinkuja in Vaasa. Sony A7, Minolta MC W.Rokkor-HG 35mm f2.8 @ 1/200, ISO100, F/8

Again, I haven’t used this lens as much as maybe I should. But I’m always quite delighted with the performance of it when I use it. I do like the bokeh, the size, and the price of this lens. I don’t have any direct complaints at all, except that 35mm isn’t my favorite focal length (which isn’t the lens’ fault).

Would I recommended? Well if you want a cheap and relatively fast 35mm, I think this might tick all the boxes.

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