Technical Report

Leica M mount Minolta lens!



M-ROKKOR 28mm F2.8

at first

I’m sorry

Because we can’t speak english

I am using DEEPL, so it may be a strange sentence, but I would like you to understand

Thank you.

Leica  M3 M-ROKKOR 28mm F2.8

The image shows a Ⅿ3 on the body and the lens introduced here is the M Rokkor 28㎜ f/2.8. The lens is M Rokkor 28㎜ f/2.8.
I think Minolta CLE and Leitz Minolta CL are the coolest lenses to use.
The Minolta CLE was introduced in 1981, and the 2.8mm, 40mm and 40mm lenses were introduced as its interchangeable lenses. 8㎜, 40㎜ and 90㎜ were available as interchangeable lenses.

I was 15 years old in junior high school in 1981. At that time, there were a lot of Japanese idols and Rock’n rollers such as “Nameneko”, “Yokohama Ginbae”, and “Seiko Matsuda”.

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Cars like Toyota Soarer and Nissan R30 Skyline were coming out.

Toyota Soarer
Nissan Skyline R30

When I think about it, 1981 is a more nostalgic time than I thought.

Minolta’s SLR camera was the X-700, a rangefinder LeicaⅭⅬ built under a business alliance with Leica. MinoltaⅭⅬE was an AE version of the LeicaⅭⅬ.

The Ⅿ-Rokkor 28㎜ f2.8 was the most popular of the three interchangeable lenses.

Rumor has it that it was a high performance lens as good as the Elmarit 28㎜.

I am sure that many camera enthusiasts and professionals would have compared the Ⅿ-mount Leica lenses with the Ⅿ-mount Rokkor 28㎜ as an option and considered purchasing it.

The new price of the Rokkor 28㎜ f/2.8 was $465 at that time.

It was very well-received and looked like a Leica lens with a cool and good image quality.

In fact, one photographer published a book of photographs mainly using this lens.

I have seen the photos in the book, and I really like the tone of the black-and-white snapshots in the book.

I have wanted to try shooting with such an interesting lens someday, and after many years, I was able to take a test shot.

I would like to shoot with this lens on a CⅬE or ⅭⅬ body, but… the test photo was taken with the Leica Ⅿ3.

Now that I’ve had a chance to try out this lens, I’ll write about my impressions as I think of them – I’m excited!

Leica M3 ROKKOR 28mm f5.6 with Kodak GOLD100

It is indeed fluffy and looks like a soft filter.
There is a cloudy look to the lens on this unit.
As you can see in the top image, it is covered entirely with small puffy white dots.
Many used ones are in this condition.
In fact, even at the time of its release, this lens seemed to have a lot of problems… it had the disadvantage of being prone to this condition.

When I saw this picture, I remembered the picture I took with the “Minolta Flex”.

I found an example of this kind of fluffy photo in a column of a magazine.

It was taken on a slightly old Showa-era tenement-like street, and the evening scene of the path is backlit and blurred, making it a wonderful shot. Overall, it was a fantastic photo with a fluffy, dreamlike feeling.

The description of the lens also described it as a lens that gives a fluffy depiction.
I guess this photo was probably taken with a cloudy lens, and the photographer would enjoy this lens depiction.

I was so convinced that “I want to take pictures with this fluffy lens! I have been looking for a Minolta Flex for a while, but unfortunately, I have not found it yet…

Leica M3 ROKKOR 28mm f8.0 with Kodak GOLD100

This photo was taken in the distant view. Since I was shooting with a Leica Ⅿ3, there is no 28㎜ frame in the viewfinder, so I was looking at a 50㎜ frame. Therefore, the image is much wider than what you can see in the viewfinder. I released the shutter while imagining how far I could get in this area. I was able to capture the back view of a woman who was just passing through the park.

It has a comfortable atmosphere, which I like.

If this lens were clear, the contrast would be high and the image would be very rich.

If it is cloudy, the image would still be this good.
It is a very exciting lens to shoot with.
The style and weight of the lens are also comfortable.
After setting the exposure and focus… compose, compose, and release the shutter.

It is a cute lens that is easy to use for such basic snapshots.

I also want to use 40㎜ and 90㎜ M-ROKKOR lenses. I want to have CLE too.

M-ROKKOR 28mm F2.8

Released 1981

Price at that time $465

Lens construction: 7 elements in 5 counties

10 aperture wings

Minimum focusing distance 0.8m

Filter diameter 40.5mm

Size 35.5×51㎜

Weight 4.8 Oz

Photographer Okamura