It’s time for another look at a fantastic piece of vintage glass, and today we’re talking about a truly versatile lens. It’s the Minolta MC Macro Rokkor QF 50mm ƒ/3.5, and it provides one of the easiest and most affordable ways to get into macro photography.
What is it about this lens that makes it perfect for those looking to dip their toes into the world of macro shooting? Practicality; Not only does this wonderful assemblage of glass and aluminum allow you to shoot the hell out of tiny bugs, flowers, coins, and all the usual macro subjects, it can also work as an everyday standard lens. It’s compact, relatively lightweight, and fairly capable as a 50mm standard. Sure, it’s not perfect, but that’s what we’re here to talk about.
So let’s get to work sussing out where the lens excels and where it suffers. Not long from now we’ll have discovered if this macro lens should have a home in your camera bag, or if it’s best passed over.