I have a handful of Leica R lenses converted to Sony mount, and I'm very pleased with the performance of them. These are all Leica designed and built lenses, though.
I know that Minolta was responsible for the design and maybe some production of the zoom lenses, and the 24mm and possibly others. I understand that in the case of the 24mm, it was based on a Minolta design, but may have been entirely built in Germany (or Canada). Some of the zooms were apparently made in Japan...
I don't really care about the pedigree of the lens; where it came from, etc. I care about the way the lenses render. I'm curious if anyone can speak directly to the way the lenses like the 24mm (in particular, as that's my favorite focal length), and the Minolta-influenced zooms perform. Do they fall far from the Leica tree in terms of color rendering, contrast, and OOF rendering characteristics?
I have done comparisons between Leica and Zeiss fixed focal length lenses in the past (at the same focal length, etc., included too) and feel that for my preferences, the Leica glass renders much more favorably. If I were to get a Minolta-influenced Leica lens, am I going to lose that?
Anyone have any sage advice on this?