Wide Angle Lens - Minolta X-700

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Jeffrey Zajac, Sep 6, 2004.

  1. I am a beginner with a Minolta X-700, and am considering the purchase
    of a 24mm wide angle lens. Can anyone give me advice as to which lens
    in this category would be a wise purchase? Thank you.
    Jeffrey Zajac, Sep 6, 2004
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  2. Jeffrey Zajac

    Alan Browne Guest

    http://www.cs.ubc.ca/spider/boritz/photo/mdlenses.html is a list
    of lenses. There are two 24mm versions.

    Others will tell you more ... google too.
    Alan Browne, Sep 6, 2004
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  3. I've owned and used both of Minolta's 24mm lenses. The simpler 24 f2.8 was
    either badly put together or out of calibration, aperture wise. It took 2
    visits to the Minolta service centre before my complaints about
    over-exposure were taken seriously, and the lens then performed in line with
    my other MC & MD lenses. I bought the more expensive VCF (Variable Field
    Curvature) version out of curiosity and used it once or twice in this
    (unique?) mode. Exposure (aperture) wise it was spot on against my other
    lenses, and seemed very well built. I sold it when I went to an EOS AF
    If you do buy a 24mm or even a 28mm, do check out whether its infinity
    register is correct. There's not much depth of focus* with a 24mm, and you
    do need to have confidence that when set against the infinity stop that it
    really is focusing optimally on objects at infinity.
    * and in my experience this is why 35mm users tend not to get the results
    they hope for...
    Malcolm Stewart, Sep 7, 2004
  4. Jeffrey Zajac

    PGG Guest

    Any of the Minolta MC or MD 24mm lenses are phenomenal. The older design
    (9 elements, 7 groups) was shared with Leica. I have the newer version
    and it is excellent as well.

    You can't go wrong with a Minolta 24mm.
    PGG, Sep 7, 2004
  5. There are several versions of the Minolta 24mm lens, such as MC and
    MD, but the real difference is the regular and VFC version. Either
    way, it's an excellent lens, but the VFC version is preferable if you
    can find one. The VFC is for Variable Field Control, which changes
    the plane of focus from concave (normal for many older lenses) through
    flat to convex. It really only works on the more open apertures and
    near-to-on the outer edges, but useful in the flat field mode. The
    VFC was also adapted to their 35mm f2.8 Shift-CA lens, where the VFC
    is very useful.
    Scott M. Knowles, Sep 7, 2004
  6. Jeffrey Zajac

    PGG Guest

    The VFC is overpriced and rare. I got my Minolta 24mm
    lens for $120 in "like new" condition. VFC lenses go for well over $300.

    And if VFC was that important, Canon and Nikon would offer them today.
    PGG, Sep 8, 2004
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