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Minolta 40mm M-Rokkor, which version?
Old 09-04-2016   #1
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Minolta 40mm M-Rokkor, which version?

I am looking to get a 40mm m-rokkor and I read something about there being two versions. The later version would have a different coating and is better according to the internet. I haven't been able to find anything on how to tell these two versions apart though? Who can enlighten me...
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the later multi coated version for the CLE has the serial number on the lens barrel, not on the front 'name ring' as the earlier version
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Thanks for the quick answer, going to order one now and pick up my first CLE next week... Cant wait.
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I've owned them all and currently own a CLE version. Condition is probably the most important factor. Yes, the CLE has more modern coatings. That's not what everyone wants though (single coating has it's virtues). It's a fantastic lens and imo very undervalued. Best!
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The CLE version (which I have) is better built. It has a straight RF cam, which creates less problems when using it on multiple cameras. Really great lens.
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I've owned them all and currently own a CLE version. That's not what everyone wants though (single coating has it's virtues). It's a fantastic lens and imo very undervalued. Best!
Yep I have the single coated version which I like better for the vintage look I get with B&W. Actually the color from that lens is pretty sweet also.
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I just picked up the CLE (2nd) version. The build quality is nice, not quite up to the contemporary Leica standards (my 35/2.8 Summaron is the best built lens I've ever handled). My copy exhibits a bit of focus ring wobble which I think is a common issue with these as they age (helicoid packing grease). I'll probably send it to DAG for a tune-up.

The rendering is really nice, particularly the out of focus areas at wide apertures.
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I just ordered a CLE one in near-mint condition. I can't wait to get my hands on this lens and the CLE. Gonna be good...
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