Today I'm going to share a side by side comparison of the Minolta 50mm 1.4 MD and MC lenses. While they are quite similar, there are a few subtle differences.
First off, let's talk size. There is a notable difference with the MD weighing just over 7 ounces and the MC weighing over 11. For some photographers, this may not be an issue--but for me, I prefer the lighter and smaller lens.
Left: Minolta MC / Right: Minolta MD / Images shot at f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8, f/4
Let's take a closer look at the bokeh.
Left: MC / Right: MD
Overall, the bokeh appears nearly identical when shot at 1.4.
Now, we'll compare the sharpness.
While the chromatic aberration appears to be the same, there is a notable difference in sharpness when the two lenses are shot wide open. The MC is obviously much softer.
Both of these lenses run about the same in cost--which can range anywhere from $50-$100 depending on the condition. Overall, I prefer the MD because of it's size and weight.
Here are some portraits I shot using my Sony a7 and the Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm 1.4:
Which lens do you prefer?