Sigma MD 28-80 - Analog Monday #4

by Piotr Matura June. 23, 2019 280 views

This time a little early entry for Monday... And a little of "gear-bragging" - also something I did not before ;)

One of my analog cameras is Minolta XD7 with 50mm f1.7 Minolta MD lens. I enjoy using this camera very much, just handling of it is great experience. A little mechanical / electronic wonder where everything is in its place and works seamlessly :)

Although this 50mm produces great images, I sometimes wanted a little more flexibility, so I searched for a small zoom that I could use. I didn't want to spend too much, so I passed on some 35-70mm Minolta Rokkor lenses (really good ones, though) and settled for a 28-80mm f3.5-4.5 Sigma MD lens, which set me back somewhere around ~35 Euros. I also got original leather transport tube and Sony E adapter with it, so the deal was not that bad ;)

The lens itself looks really good for its age, almost like new, it also handles great. Build is all metal, glass an rubber, really sturdy, something that probably only pre-80s gear has.

I shot a test roll with some random photos quickly to check if it works OK and got my scans at the end of the last week. Here are some test photos. I think I need to learn to use this lens better (a little more work to do with 3 rings - aperture, zoom and focus), but photos are OK ;)

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Jolien Dekens 2 years, 2 months ago

Nice gear! :)
I really like how everything from back was built to last forever smile

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Piotr Matura Replied to Jolien Dekens 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks, Jolien! :)
That's right, this old gear is built like a tank :D Probably could hammer some nails with the camera body and keep on using it after that... but I'm not willing to try grinning

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

She has a nice style to it.

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Piotr Matura Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

I think so, I just need to get to know this lens better to get best of it. Yesterday I tried some landscape photos with stopping down to big numbers (11-22). I'm curious how these shots will come out.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited