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I am looking to buy to a fast manual 55-60mm lens in that 100-200 euro range for mft mount to use with my GH5.

Currently looking at the Minolta Rokkor 58mm 1.4 MCII and 7artisans 55mm 1.4.

Anyone have experience with these lenses on a mft sensor or advice on others worth checking out?

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On 10/31/2019 at 8:03 AM, BjornT said:

I am looking to buy to a fast manual 55-60mm lens in that 100-200 euro range for mft mount to use with my GH5.

Currently looking at the Minolta Rokkor 58mm 1.4 MCII and 7artisans 55mm 1.4.

Anyone have experience with these lenses on a mft sensor or advice on others worth checking out?

The Minolta is a lovely, lovely lens. Those Rokkor lenses are among my favorites. 

Wide open it's a little soft. Still useable, I think, but it really shines starting at around f2 and is tack sharp at f4. It has lower contrast than modern lenses but that's not too unusual for vintage lenses and I often find that I prefer the look. Plus you can easily "fix" that in post. My biggest complaint with these Minolta lenses is the flaring. You'll wanna get a lens hood for outside shoots for that. The build quality is great, the focus ring is smooth. Just a really, really good lens.

Haven't used the 7artisans but I've heard decent things about those lenses when factoring in the price. I'd be surprised though if it matched up with the Minolta.

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2 minutes ago, newfoundmass said:

The Minolta is a lovely, lovely lens. Those Rokkor lenses are among my favorites. 

Wide open it's a little soft. Still useable, I think, but it really shines starting at around f2 and is tack sharp at f4. It has lower contrast than modern lenses but that's not too unusual for vintage lenses and I often find that I prefer the look. Plus you can easily "fix" that in post. My biggest complaint with these Minolta lenses is the flaring. You'll wanna get a lens hood for outside shoots for that. The build quality is great, the focus ring is smooth. Just a really, really good lens.

Haven't used the 7artisans but I've heard decent things about those lenses when factoring in the price. I'd be surprised though if it matched up with the Minolta.

Bought the minolta on Ebay last night;)

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