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Mounting a 40 year old Minolta MD 300 mm f/5.6 on a Pentax K3 with a Fotodiox ring.
Lens: Minolta MD 300 mm f/5.6 Camera: Pentax K3 Photo Location: Quebec, CANADA ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/13s Aperture: F11 
Posted By: RICHARD L., 11-18-2021, 07:29 AM

Over time I amassed an almost complete collection of 26 MINOLTA MD lenses, ranging from 16 mm fisheye to 500 mm catadioptric. I purchased a FOTODIOX mount adapter, permitting the use of Minolta glass on digital K-mount Pentaxes. This is my first try, using a 40-year old MD 300 mm f/5.6 telephoto. I mounted the K3 on my Manfrotto tripod, the lens itself is quite light and doesn't have a tripod foot. I focused carefully on the City Park in front of my house where there is this sliding apparatus for children. I used stopped-down metering at f/11 and let the camera determine the correct shutter speed using the Av mode. The result is not too bad. The 300 mm lens gives a FOV similar to a 450 mm telephoto in FF.

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11-18-2021, 09:50 AM   #2
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Not bad for 40 year old lens. Nice colors.
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Not bad for 40 year old lens
Most MINOLTA MD lenses were issued around 1981, making then 40-year old this year. They are like children to me. They are extremely well-made, with all-metal barrels, multi-coated lens elements and mechanics to last a lifetime.

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Minolta lenses have always had an outstanding reputation, and especially for color.
What you've got here bears that out.
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Minolta lenses have always had an outstanding reputation, and especially for color.What you've got here bears that out.
This is probably one of my "worst" Minolta lenses. The MD 100-300 mm f/5.6 zoom gave way better pictures on film at f/11, sharp from corner-to-corner. I also have the MD and the MC 300 mm f/4.5 versions and they are all performing similarly to the f/5.6 version. The zoom was the best "300 mm" version, paradoxically. Next, I'll try to find my MD 100 mm f/4 MACRO for a try-out when I have the time.

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