Minolta MD W.rokkor-X 24mm lens, thoughts?

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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Hello, i am a new owner of a minty minolta 24mm lens. I bought this lens since, i wanted something wider than 28mm for landscape, street and architecture work that was manual focus. One of my criteria was that it be a sharp lens with good resolving power, that etches out the details near and far. I have that with my contax G 28mm lens. And yes, i know it's not fair to compare contax to minolta or a range finder to a slr, but the minolta 50mm 1.7 is very impressive. So i figured the 24mm would be too. [/FONT]

    After reading the reviews here: www.rokkorfiles.com/24mm.html I thought i had found a great lens.

    Well after putting a few rolls in im underwhelmed. It's no where near as sharp as the rokkorfiles puts it at, These are my results bellow. I plan on shooting a roll of slide film. If they look good under the loop then i know it's not the lens.

    www.flickr.com/photos/tonywankenobi/sets/72157644862214629/

    www.flickr.com/photos/tonywankenobi/sets/72157644914298427/
     
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    hard to determine

    It is hard to determine exactly what is going on. I assume to get the files onto the web you used a digital scanner. Is your scanner as good as the other guy's? This, we out here have no way of knowing. Shooting slides and taking a look at them is a good idea. Good luck.
     
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    Roosinov Russar 20mm gives that pink cast like yours. Its 750 dollars today. I dont know what would be the role of Leica in development in that lens but Minolta made many lenses for Leica and Leica supports the RD in Minolta. Same for Yashica for Zeiss.

    I read that now :
    The 24/2.8 has the best reputation and was also one of those Minolta designs that was licensed for use by Leica (others included the 35-70/3.5 and 70-210/4).
     
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    My scanner is a pakon 135+ it's given me amazing results with all other films including portra 160 and ektar 100 which is what i shot. Is it a fuji frontier? No but it's damn close.
     
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    A tripod and deep focus technique would help.
    what body are you using?
     
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    don't know

    Since we don't know what scanner the other guy uses, it's apples and bananas.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I shot a roll of provia 100f with a tripod.

    The body is a x-700 with motordrive. I've also used it with a XE-7 and a tri-pod. The long exposures are a good example.

    What do you mean by deep focus? A lot of the shots in the links were at f/16 or f/22.
     
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    Snapguy is right , you dont know the post processing also , they can convert a donkey in to an angel.
     
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    Very few lenses of this type and focal length are at their sharpest at f/16 or f/22. There is too much diffraction at these stops. If you are shooting on a tripod but with very long exposures and with vibration induced by passing vehicles then you are not getting a good idea of the performance of the lens.
     
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    Can't tell you much without knowing every detail involved. Good luck on the slides.
     
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    redstarjedi,

    Welcome to APUG.

    I had the Rokkor 35mm, 38mm and 21mm lenses. The 35mm was not wide enough and i got rid of it. I used the 28mm extensively. The 21mm was great but it is not a lens that can be used in many situations. I think that the 24mm lens is a good lens that you will use a lot.

    I am realize that I am looking a scans, however from what I am seeing the lens is sharp and you got a good one.