Minolta MC Rokkor 58mm f 1.4 Review

           Since upgrading from my Sony a6000 crop sensor camera to my full frame Sony a7 Mark 2, I've been really into vintage lens. The beauty of the mirrorless system is that practically any lens can be adapted to the body. Vintage lens also happen to be a fraction of the cost of newer lenses as well. 

         I set out on a mission to find a fast vintage lens to do portraits and it also had to be under $100 including adapter. I recently read a few reviews about older Minolta lenses and decided to give it a try. I headed to eBay and found a 58mm f/1.4 lens for $54. I went to Amazon to purchase an adapter to mount to my camera body. I found a Neewer out for $13. 

Minolta 58mm mounted to a7 Mark 2 body

Minolta 58mm mounted to a7 Mark 2 body

        My initial impressions of the lens were boy was this thing pretty! The lens is also pretty hefty. it threw off the balance on my a7 M2 and took some getting used to. I also noticed that the aperture blades are stuck wide open. I will be honest, this isn't a big problem because I didn't buy this lens to stop it down. Wide open or nothing! I want insane bokeh!         

            I don't have fancy scientific data or graphs to show the sharpness or the clarity of this lens. I don't claim to be an expert at photography, I only use real world results. Here are some sample photos from my first few hours with the lens. 

Sample photos


           As you can see by the images above, this lens provides some great depth of field and some insanely gorgeous bokeh! It might be my portrait lens of choice for the moment. The focus peaking on Sony cameras makes manual focus incredibly easy to do. The images that come out of a nearly 50 year old lens for under $70 with an adapter was well worth the price. I'm in bokeh heaven at the moment!