A Leica lens from Minolta?

Sigfrid Lundberg's Stuff 2011-05-03

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Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm f/2.0
Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm f/2.0 by Sigfrid Lundberg, on Flickr

Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm f/2.0 mounted on an Olympus Digital Pen (E-P2).

The rangefinder camera Leica CL (also known as Leica Minolta CL) appeared 1973 as a joint venture between Leitz and Minolta. The collaboration did not last long, and the next version of this product was called Minolta CLE. without carrying a "Leica" or a Leitz logo.

The Minolta CLE was introduced 1980. Yet, father Leitz makes haste very slowly. Until the introduction of the Leica M7 in 2001, the CLE remained for 21 years the most technologically advanced Leica M mount camera ever produced. Not bad, for a Minolta. Most CLE owners consider it one of the best cameras they have ever owned. Stephen Gandy, CameraQuest
P4307205.ORF by Sigfrid Lundberg, on Flickr

Dandelions shot with M Rokkor 30 April 2011. The aperture was 2.8, so the background became blurred.

Gammel strand
Gammel strand

Gammel strand from Højbro. Holmens' canal, Copenhagen.

The M Rokkor lenses were produced by Minolta for this excellent camera. I've recently aquired one of them, the 40mm f2.0, for use with my Olympus E-P2. On 35mm film leica M mount camera that lens is a standard (or normal) lens, albeit a bit more shorter than normal. On my micro four thirds camera it becomes a short telephoto lens, with a focal length suitable for portrait and landscape photography

P3105155.tif by Sigfrid Lundberg, on Flickr

The antiquarian bookstore is closed at night.

I'm not going to review the lens. Instead I'll refer to the following rather personal statement, again from Stephen Gandy:

The 40/2 lenses for the CL or CLE are among the sharpest lenses I have ever used. Stephen Gandy, CameraQuest

There are a lot of useful and interesting information to gather about rangefinder technologies; Stephen Gandy has a lot less info left to gather than most of us.

I love this lens. Here you can see some photos taken with it in Flickriver.


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