Leica Showcase Minolta 5cm F1.8, Leica Thread Mount

This lens is a 6 element in 5 group Double-Gauss, the same as my Minolta Hi-Matic 9 that I bought in 1969. That was a lot of lawns. First shot with it- could see on the back of the M9 screen that it rendered like the lens on my Hi-Matic. I'm happy. The salesman at K-Mart convinced me that the Minolta was better than the electronic Yashica GSN with the cool lights and autoexposure, and that I could learn more about setting shutter speeds and F-Stops with the Minolta. After 50 years, the camera looks and works beautifully.

I am very happy to have found this rare 5cm F1.8 at a good price. It's a great lens, not produced for long enough. More found in the leaflet-shutter Minolta Super-A than in Leica thread mount. This lens has very different color and rendering than the 5cm F2 Minolta lens, which is a 7 element in 4 group lens - same block diagram as the Summitar. Seems fare- years after the 5cm F1.8 was discontinued, Leica used the 6/5 layout for the V2 Rigid Summicron of the late 60s/early 70s. The V1 Rigid was a 7/5, as is the collapsible Summicron.

Have to shoot the fence post up close and tree line of the backyard for calibration.

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Minolta 5cm F1.8, Wide-Open
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Minolta 5cm F1.8, Wide-Open
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Wide Open.
 
I have the Hot-Glass and Late collapsible Summicrons, and a V1 Rigid. I had a V2, traded it off.

This lens uses 46mm filters, styling is much like an SLR lens- no infinity lock. It's almost unseen out of Japan, and goes for a premium- over $400 with most sellers. This one was half that, some very slight separation in the balsam- completely out of the optical path- I had to hold the lens at an angle just to spot what the seller was talking about. Very conservative seller! Very happy customer!
 
Took some greatly needed time off this week- took Nikki to Williamsburg, and to the Marine Museum on the way home. Used the Minolta 5cm F1.8 a good bit. This lens is the same basic formula as the 45mm F1.7 Minolta PF, 6 elements in 5 groups, that is on the Minolta Hi-Matic 9 that I bought new in 1969. I've come full-circle.

Wide open, ISO 2500 on the Leica M9.

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Marine Museum
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Marine Museum
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At ISO 1250, wide-open.

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Marine Museum
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Marine Museum
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ISO 160, wide-open.

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Marine Museum
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