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    Need to choose best normal Minolta MD/MC lens

    I either bought or was gifted some Minolta gear and now I'm trying to let some gear go. I have the following bodies that I'll probably keep:

    SRT 202 (My Dad's)
    SRT Super (Converted to modern voltage - keeping unless someone give me a good offer)
    X-700

    I have a number of MD/MC/Rokkor lenses and want to limit my collection.

    I know I have:
    45mm f2
    50mm 1.4 Rokkor-PG (Dad's also, keeping no matter what)
    a 1.7s or two
    a f2 (I think I still have it)
    and a 58mm 1.4 Rokkor-X (I think it's an -X)

    So my question, what are the best (fast, f2-1.4) lenses either I listed or dont' have yet. (Yes, I would like a 1.2, but don't need to spend that much.)

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    From a lifelong Minolta MD user, you're good.

    Keep the pancake and the 1.4's.
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    I know in the Nikkor world, the 50mm 1.8 is renound for it's sharpness at f4-f8. More so than the f/1.4, maybe marginally... but it's still there. I was wondering if the 1.7 is the same.

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    But also consider that your x700 requires an MD lens to use all it's features.

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    mgb74, I think I'm OK because I use Aperture Priority 95.67% of the time. The rest is manual mode.

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    Out of that group, If I were keeping 2 lenses, and given the bodies you'll be using them on, I'd keep the 50mm f1.4 MC, and the 45mm f2 MD, for compatibility with X-700 program mode, and the most ultra small and light.

    If I were keeping just one of these lenses, I'd be torn between the 50mm f1.4 PG and a 50mm F1.7 MD Rokkor-X

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    Body-wise, If I were you, I'd keep the SRT-Super and I'd actually sell the X-700 and replace it with either an XD-11, XD-5, or X-570. X-570s are cheap (you can generally get them on ebay for under $30) and IMHO, superior to the X-700 because Minolta changed the capacitor that was a reliability issue on the X-700, and also they replace Program mode with a really well executed metered manual mode that the X-700 lacks.

    Ironically, because most folks are not aware of this, you could probably sell your working X-700 for $10-20 more than a clean X-570 costs to buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougjgreen View Post
    Body-wise, If I were you, I'd keep the SRT-Super and I'd actually sell the X-700 and replace it with either an XD-11, XD-5, or X-570. X-570s are cheap (you can generally get them on ebay for under $30) and IMHO, superior to the X-700 because Minolta changed the capacitor that was a reliability issue on the X-700, and also they replace Program mode with a really well executed metered manual mode that the X-700 lacks.

    Ironically, because most folks are not aware of this, you could probably sell your working X-700 for $10-20 more than a clean X-570 costs to buy.
    Hm, Interesting. I will have to look more into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougjgreen View Post
    Body-wise, If I were you, I'd keep the SRT-Super and I'd actually sell the X-700 and replace it with either an XD-11, XD-5, or X-570. X-570s are cheap (you can generally get them on ebay for under $30) and IMHO, superior to the X-700 because Minolta changed the capacitor that was a reliability issue on the X-700, and also they replace Program mode with a really well executed metered manual mode that the X-700 lacks.

    Ironically, because most folks are not aware of this, you could probably sell your working X-700 for $10-20 more than a clean X-570 costs to buy.
    But doesn't the X-570 lack TTL flash?
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    Define "best" for you.
    I have 3 50mm and the 45mm; although in general not highly regarded the MD50 f/2 has the lowest distortion of all four.
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