Throwback Thursday! Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2 Review!

Published June 19th, 2014 by Devteam

If you’re into nostalgia - 1970's style - and can find a good one, the Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2 represents a really nice value with some important shortcomings.  If you plan on using the lens for video, then I think you’ll be pleased with the results, now it’s just my opinion, but the lack of tack sharpness seems a bit less noticeable to me in video than it does in stills.  The Rokkor 58mm f/1.2 lives up to its legendary status, the same way say a 57 Chevy is a legend - optically, its OK at really wide apertures, it’s phenomenal from f/2.8 onward, on the flip side its completely manual and in order to capture great images with it, you really need to be on top of your game adjusting focus and aperture as necessary, and again it’s a joy to use in video and when shooting still subjects stopped down a little bit.  If you can handle all that, then you’ll love the Rokkor, if you’re the kind of person who likes automatic transmissions in their cars or likes to put their SLR on AUTO, this is definitely NOT the lens for you...

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