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FS: Minolta MC VFC 24mm f2.8 Rokkor Excellent ++

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 Item updated in the last 24 hours    Minolta MC VFC 24mm f2.8 Rokkor lens + front/back caps


Price: $570.00
Payment method: PayPal
Item condition: 9+ Shows little or no signs of wear

Legacy lens adaptable with the appropriate lens to body adapters by different providers such as K&F Concepts, Fotodiox, Kipon and some Techart Pro versions, to name a few.

A lens for those who want to actively own and use a piece of photographic history - experience the Minolta MC/MD line of lenses. Made in Japan and about only 3000 copies were made.

The VFC stands for "variable field curvature" - a feature that made this wonderful Minolta lens a rarity of its kind.

More information from this "rokkorfiles" article:

Minolta describe the VFC lens as “a sophisticated wideangle lens whose field of sharp focus can be curved to conform to various subjects.” It can be used as a conventional flat-field wide angle lens, and features the floating focusing design for incredible edge to edge sharpness at all distances and apertures. It is also one of the highly sought after Minolta “Big 3”, together with the 35mm f/2.8 Shift CA perspective correction lens, and the 85mm f/2.8 Varisoft variable soft focus lens.

"The VFC (Variable Field Curvature) lens features a control ring that enables the plane of sharp focus to be adjusted from flat to convex, to concave according to requirements. Referring to the picture above, turning the VFC control ring to the left of the central diamond turns the field from flat to concave (bowl shaped). Turning it to the right of the diamond produced a convex (dome shaped) field. These curvatures can be used to obtain sharp rendition of three dimensional subjects (eg. the surface of a ball, people sitting around a table etc.) even when the depth of flat field is insufficient to do so. Curving the field in this way is particularly effective at relatively close focusing distances and large apertures.

Curvature extends from the focused distance at the centre of the frame to a point at the corners that is either nearer or farther from the film plane than the focused distance, depending on whether the VFC control-ring index is set respectively left or right of the flat field setting. The curvature grows continuously deeper as the ring is turned away from the central diamond.

The effect of the curvature can be seen visually through the viewfinder or estimated from the marks behind the aperture ring. For example, turning the control-ring to the right red mark while the lens was focused at 70cm would result in the field extending out to 4 metres at the corners. This would allow sharp rendering both a close centred subject and background subjects at the edges a considerable distance away, even at full aperture.

The VFC version of the 24mm f/2.8 lens is exactly the same optical design as the normal version with 9 elements in 7 groups, but has one major advantage apart from the VFC feature, in that it has a non-rotating front filter thread. This makes it preferable for use with polarising or graduated filters. This lens used a standard 55mm filter thread, and even after the switch to the Plain MD version, the VFC retained this thread despite significant cosmetic changes (eg, aperture lock, yellow focus scale and changed rubber pattern).

An MD Rokkor-X version sold on ebay for US$622 in May 2003."

Current sold prices continue to be strong at around $700.

Paypal and shipping included. $699 on eBay - $570 FM price

Nov 19, 2022 at 12:04 PM

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