I just recently got this Minolta SRT201 from an old friend who didn’t have the time nor the space to make a home for her. I bought the camera with a 50mm f/1.4 Minolta MD Rokkor-X and then I thought: If I’m going to get another 135 system, I might as well set it up to lend a different look than the other ones right from the get-go. So, I quickly started to look for a different lens lineup than the ones I own for my Spotmatics (50 and 28 mm). I managed to get a 45mm f/2.8 that looks nice and sharp enough, but my goal was set on a wide angle lens. The 35mm f/1.8 seemed like a great promise but was a bit out of budget.
Then, I came across a Minolta MD W.Rokkkor-X 24mm f/2.8 lens on eBay… I waited for it, made my bid and won. I love working with great wide angle lenses. The 28mm has been a great source of fun and inspiration on the Spotmatics and a way to steer away from the standard look of normal lenses, but I had been longing for something a bit wider, so I had my hopes set high on this 24.
I must say, I Was expecting some big barrel distortion and funny looking artefacts from this lens, but it was a very nice surprise to find out that this piece of engineering from Minolta has all of that well taken care of. The lack of distortion and the all-around sharpness of this piece of glass lends an incredible sense of freedom when trying to compose without compromising what you see with your own eyes.
All in all, I’m happy with the purchase and looking forward to making lots of memories with it. I hope you like’ em!
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