Phillip Reeve A7r and manual lens test conclusions (Sigma, Minolta MD/MC, Zeiss, Canon FD and Samyang)

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Philip Reeve posted all the test samples and final conclusion at SystemKameraForum.de. I kindly invite you kindly to visit the site. If you don’t speak German I got his permission to repost the results on SAR (translated by me):

Philip is extremely pleased by the lens performance on the A7r. Most lenses work extremely well on the Sony and here is the single evaluation of them:

Sigma 24/2.8: From f/11 you have very sharp corners..
Sigma 24/2.8 images |image detail overview | lens auctions on ebay

Carl Zeiss Biogon 2.8/28: A real disappointment. Massive Vignetting, Color Shift and Smearing on corners.
Carl Zeiss Biogon 2.8/28 images | image detail overview | lens auctions on ebay

Canon FD 35/2: The center is sharp wide open. At medium aperture corner sharpness is increases and shows decent results.
Canon FD 2/35 images | image detail overview | lens auctions on ebay

Minolta MD 35/2.8: A real surprise! The Full Frame is sharp at f/2.8. Sharpness increases at f/8.0. Impressive for a lens that costs 15 Euro.
Minolta MD 2.8/35 images | image detail overview | lens auctions on ebay

Carl Zeiss Planar 2/45: At f/5.6 the image is perfect.
Carl Zeiss Planar 2/45 images | image detail overview | lens auctions on ebay

Carl Zeiss FE 55/1.8: One word: Wow! At f/1.8 very sharp in the center and in corners. At f/5.6 an astonishing performance.
Carl Zeiss FE 1.8/55 images | image detail overview | Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT

Minolta MC 58/1.2: Wide open it shows a certain” character” (not sharp but has a certain flair). Center sharpness is ok from f/2.0. At f/8.0 also corners are sharp.
Minolta MC 58/1.2 images | image detail overview | lens auctions on ebay

Samyang 85/1.4: Already good at f/1.4. But corners never are truly impressive even at medium apertures.
Samyang 85/1.4 images | image detail overview | lens auctions on ebay

Minolta MC 100/2.5: The lens is 45 years old but shows a very decent result at f/2.5 aperture (even corners are ok!). You will get the best results at f/5.6 aperture.
Minolta MC 2.5/100 images | image detail overview | lens auctions on ebay

Minolta MD 100/4: Very good results at f/4.0. Improves a tiny little bit at f/5.6. A very solid performance for a 80 Euro lens.
Minolta MD Macro 4/100 images | image detail overview | lens auctions on ebay

Minolta MD 135/2.8: A disappointment. Corners are never sharp at any aperture.
Minolta MD 2.8/135 images | image detail overview | lens auctions on ebay

Minolta MC 200/4: Sharp at all apertures.
Minolta MC 4/200 images | image detail overview | lens auctions on ebay

 

Again Thanks Philip and SystemKameraForum.de for posting such an interesting test!

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