Showcase Minolta 5cm F1.8, Leica Thread Mount

Discussion in 'Leica' started by BrianS, Dec 21, 2017.

  1. BrianS

    BrianS Super Moderator

    Apr 3, 2013
    This lens is a 6 element in 5 group Double-Gauss, the same as my Minolta Hi-Matic 9 that I bought in 1969. That was a lot of lawns. First shot with it- could see on the back of the M9 screen that it rendered like the lens on my Hi-Matic. I'm happy. The salesman at K-Mart convinced me that the Minolta was better than the electronic Yashica GSN with the cool lights and autoexposure, and that I could learn more about setting shutter speeds and F-Stops with the Minolta. After 50 years, the camera looks and works beautifully.

    I am very happy to have found this rare 5cm F1.8 at a good price. It's a great lens, not produced for long enough. More found in the leaflet-shutter Minolta Super-A than in Leica thread mount. This lens has very different color and rendering than the 5cm F2 Minolta lens, which is a 7 element in 4 group lens - same block diagram as the Summitar. Seems fare- years after the 5cm F1.8 was discontinued, Leica used the 6/5 layout for the V2 Rigid Summicron of the late 60s/early 70s. The V1 Rigid was a 7/5, as is the collapsible Summicron.

    Have to shoot the fence post up close and tree line of the backyard for calibration.

    38496832134_1fff8480cb_b.jpg Minolta 5cm F1.8, Wide-Open by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    27428318449_cae4700ec0_b.jpg Minolta 5cm F1.8, Wide-Open by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    Wide Open.
     
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    Apr 3, 2013
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    Apr 3, 2013
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    Apr 3, 2013
    I have the Hot-Glass and Late collapsible Summicrons, and a V1 Rigid. I had a V2, traded it off.

    This lens uses 46mm filters, styling is much like an SLR lens- no infinity lock. It's almost unseen out of Japan, and goes for a premium- over $400 with most sellers. This one was half that, some very slight separation in the balsam- completely out of the optical path- I had to hold the lens at an angle just to spot what the seller was talking about. Very conservative seller! Very happy customer!
     
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    BrianS Super Moderator

    Apr 3, 2013
    Took some greatly needed time off this week- took Nikki to Williamsburg, and to the Marine Museum on the way home. Used the Minolta 5cm F1.8 a good bit. This lens is the same basic formula as the 45mm F1.7 Minolta PF, 6 elements in 5 groups, that is on the Minolta Hi-Matic 9 that I bought new in 1969. I've come full-circle.

    Wide open, ISO 2500 on the Leica M9.

    39054772890_b8132eb7e4_b.jpg Marine Museum by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    39970756975_b3f5d9493e_b.jpg Marine Museum by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    At ISO 1250, wide-open.

    40155995064_a338e8e296_b.jpg Marine Museum by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    39970759515_1e6a78474e_b.jpg Marine Museum by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

    ISO 160, wide-open.

    40864503711_326c0a2f0b_b.jpg Marine Museum by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr