Minolta AF 50mm F1.7 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#11782 date: Apr-19-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 3
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- Min 50 1.4 RS
- Sony 50 2.8
- Sony CZ16-80
price paid:Dfl 100
positive:- Cheap
- Build
- Sharp
negative:- Color effect
- Bookeh
comment:Had this lens for a long time, its an early sample with the best mechanical gearing. Really put in effort to like it, but except build and price, it never made it for me. Pictures with this lens had a distinct color cast, like Konica film and seemed almost too sharp. Bookeh is not great. I finally sold this lens after acquiring a Minolta 50 1.4 RS, which is more to my taste (on FF).
reviewer#11778 date: Apr-19-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-50 f2.8
Minolta 70-210 f4
price paid:$70 used
positive:-Build
-Price
-Sharpness
negative:-Flare, though it's not much of an issue.
comment:My favorite lens. For the price, you can't beat the sharpness of this little guy. Flare could be an issue for some, but personally I have not had any problem with it. This is the perfect lens for a new photographer on a budget.
reviewer#11575 date: Jan-2-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/2.8
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Sony 16-50 2.8
Sony 18-70
Sony 35 1.8
Minolta 35-105 3.5-4.5
price paid:$70usd, used
positive:Great value. Fast aperture. Great colors.
negative:A bit soft, especially in the corners. Not great contrast. Had sticky aperture on 1 copy.
comment:While it's a great value to get a good copy for around $50-$70, it under performs other prime lenses and the newest of zoom lenses.
The Tamron 17-50 and Sony 16-50 are both sharper corner to corner, at 2.8 then the Minolta is at the same aperture.
On APS-C, the Sony 35 1.8 is a more useful focal length, and is sharper.
On full frame, if you don't absolutely need the 1.7 aperture, the 50mm 2.8 macro is a much much sharper lens and still quite affordable (under $200 used).

For a beginner looking to improve on the kit lens without spending much, this is a great addition. If you absolutely need a fast aperture/low light lens, this is nice to have in your bag. But there is a long list of lenses that will out-perform at 50mm, though most are 2.8 aperture, and none are as cheap as this.
So an absolutely great value, but once you start investing in better lenses, this will sit in your closet.
reviewer#11502 date: Nov-27-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:100mm 3.5 Soligor
price paid:100 € used
positive:Light, little, sharp
negative:Not razor sharp at 1.7, ok from ~2.2
comment:Nice lens for it's price, but on APS-C I still prefer 35 mm.
reviewer#11430 date: Nov-4-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm 1.4
Tokina 19-35
Quantaray 28-80
Sigma 18-250
Tokina 35-200
Sony 35mm 1.8
price paid:27.00
positive:Sharp at f2.8
Well built
Identical to the more expensive 1.4
negative:Purple fringing
Soft wide open until f2.8
Flare control not the best
comment:This lens is essentially identical in performance to the Minolta 50mm 1.4, except for the loss of a third stop of light. It's sharp, which it should be for a prime lens, but it's nothing special. The Sony 35mm 1.8 more or less destroys it, but it also costs much more compared to a used 50mm.
reviewer#11429 date: Nov-3-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:my first lens and first dslr so i have nothing to compare it to.
price paid:80gbp
positive:beautiful colours, if this is what old minolta af lenses do then i shall want many more of them.
solidly built.
extremely easy for a beginner to achieve photos with a very pleasing finish.


negative:none that i can think of.
comment:i'm a total novice and had this lens on a used a-230 for a few months now and taken thousands of portrait shots at home in brightish daylight and a few occasional photos of the cat when he sits still for long enough.
for the portrait shots bright colours have come out so vivid they seem to radiate from the screen while softer colours and skintones have a gorgeous almost pastel kind of finish and i've only needed to resort to the occasional tweek of exposure level or temperature using the sony software.
and the photos of the cat have left me pretty much speechless at the detail and colour.
i now spend way too much time playing with the camera when i should be doing other stuff.
i personally love shallow DOF and this lens can certainly achieve that in a nice way wide open. i rarely use it stopped down smaller (or should that be higher?) than 3.2.
definitely sharp enough for my liking when focusing on the cats eyes from a couple of metres away.
it's done everything i've asked it to on the camera i have and i certainly think i picked a fabulous lens to start off with.
reviewer#11379 date: Oct-10-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100mm 2.8 macro
Minolta 50mm 1.4 Rokkor (with film)
Minolta 50mm f2 MD (with film)
Pentax 50mm 1.7SMC-M (with film)
Sony 16-50 2.8
Sony 18-70 3.5/5.6
price paid:long forgotten
positive:compact, light.
negative:nothing
comment:My first AF prime lens, acquired around 1990. I found it's performance (with film) disappointing compared to the manual focus lenses I'd used previously but held onto it for it's fast max aperture.

I wouldn't call this lens sharp, but It has a pleasing "softness" that makes it very suitable for portraits on APS-c, especially in soft natural light and it seems to give a flattering glow (I'm quite sure there's no bloom in my copy). It can capture an incredible amount of detail in harder light ( not so flattering for portraits).

I noticed that this lens coupled with the a100 set at iso 800 would give an almost film like grainy quality which I've not been able to reproduce with the a77. I expect there's a technical explanation beyond my limited knowlege.

Unlike other reviewers I quite like the dinky built in hood.
reviewer#11294 date: Aug-5-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 50mm 1.4
Min 50mm 2.8 Macro
Min 50mm 3.5 Macro
Sony 16-105mm
Sony 16-80mm CZ
Min 28-85mm
Min 28-135mm
Min 35-70mm (1985)
Min 35-105mm (1985)
Min 70-210mm (Beercan)
Min 100-200mm (Little Beercan)
price paid:40-70 USD
positive:Price
Sharpness
IQ
Build quality
1.7 Speed
Low distortion
negative:Buy a lens shade!
comment:I have four copies of this lens. I don't know why (maybe I was trying to find a bad one - I didn't). I have the 1.4 as well, so why keep one of these, much less four? Again, I don't know. I do know that I love these lenses and I feel compelled to add my praise in spite of probably legitimate shortcomings found by others.

Before digital, my favorite lens was an 85mm 1.4 Canon lens. On APS-C this lens is a 75mm 1.7! For under 100 bucks you can have a 75mm 1.7 that is very sharp through the entire range. I don't get nit-picky with charts and all the tests made by professional lens testers. I test 2 ways and I don't look hard for negatives, but for positives and the intangibles, and for overall results against other lenses. As I think is evident, I have put the 1.7 up against some pretty good competition.

I love this lens. For portraits, it is sometimes too sharp and I have to soften in PP. The very shallow DOF has to do with physics and not individual lenses of the same size, focused at the same distance, and at the same f-stop. If one wants greater DOF one either closes down or backs up.

I don't do a lot of street shooting any more so my only comment is that when it comes to isolating a subject, 1.7 to 3.5 will do fine, but this lens has the intangibles that only show up on the screen or on paper. The color transitions are seamless and the B&W gray scale is pretty close to perfect. Only my 100mm 2.8 is better.

Portraiture is a similar experience as far as the intangibles are concerned. Contrast ratios are sensational as are the transitions. Wrap-around lighting (when done right) is so seamless you can almost feel (as in touch) it. I favorably compare this lens with the legendary Leitz 50mm 2.0 Summicron in contrast ratio. I used that lens for many years and I think the 1.7 is that good.

Landscapes are not a really strong suit for this lens on an APS-C format, but given a scale broad enough, it's super and on FF it is a true delight. Color renditions are outstanding, not just brilliant (Minolta), but also subtle.

My conclusion is that this lens, in the hands of someone who truly appreciates what a small, fast, outstanding quality lens can do and couples that with an outstanding sensor and electronic transmission to that sensor, this terrific 50mm lens is all one needs. I think that this lens may be the biggest bang for the buck in photography today.
reviewer#11274 date: Jul-28-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50 f1.8
price paid:52 GBP used
positive:Sharp above f2.8
Minolta colour
negative:Built in hood - ineffective
Soft at f1.7
Edges soft up to f5.6
comment:I prefer the Sony 50 f1.8 which is centrally sharper at apertures below f2.8.

All my previous samples of the Minolta have been soft at f1.7, the best achieving good central sharpness at f2.2.

Nonetheless great IQ above f4 with wonderful Minolta colours
reviewer#11191 date: Jun-12-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpnes,build quality
negative:Lens hood is build-in and is small.
comment:It's my primary lens, you can find on ebay in good condition. You definitely need to buy a 49mm lens filter, maybe UV because the first element doesn't rotate on focus.
Tested on A57 works eve better on a Minolta Maxxum 7000
reviewer#11127 date: May-20-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta Maxxum AF 70-210mm F4
Kalimar MC AF Macro 60-300 F4-5.6
Tamron LD XR DiII (IF) AF 18-200 F/3.5-6.3 A14
price paid:70 USD
positive:Beautiful Bokeh
Excellent Minolta color
Fast
Sharp
Almost Perfect
negative:so far NONE!
comment:With the use of macro extension tubes this lens shines even close up(think less then 3"). It is so far one of my favorite lenses.
reviewer#11028 date: Apr-10-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 3.5-5.6/28-80 (D)
Sony SAL 2.8/28
price paid:230 D-Marks
positive:much cheaper than the 1.4/50 of Sony (Minolta) and not really worse.
negative:
missing
comment:I have this lens since 1999. It is my trusted low-light companion and I would not know how to criticize it for anything. Great for free-hand shots at night with my A850.
Lens and I are buddies, won't hear a bad word about from me ;-)
reviewer#10998 date: Mar-27-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Nothing.
price paid:unknown
positive:Great build quality (will clarify below), good image, sharp, fast and of course, the opening.
negative:can't think of one right now
comment:This is my favourite lens. I use it extensively for my indoor black-and-white photography of bands and their audience.

The good max-opening of 1.7 gives me the freedom of using the light I have at the venue to get a great moodshot every time. I can leave the flashunit at home most of the times.

The lens is sturdy. Any and all complaints about plastic is just BS.. I was in France last year, trying to get some shots of an old watermill. I climbed onto the outlet-pipe of the facility and decided I wanted to change lenses. I screwed this one off, replaced it with the kitlens on my A-100 and put the 50mm in my jacket-pocket. While squatting, the lens fell out of my pocket, tumbled down the concrete pipe into the shallow part of the river. I scrambled for the lens, picked it up, and let the water drip out.

Back in the appt., I took a bag of rice, put it in a bowl, put the lens in, covered it up and let it sit there for 2 days. After that, all I had to do was make sure there was no more rice in the lens, screw it on the camera and continued shooting. No damage, no watermarks, nothing. It just works.

reviewer#10993 date: Mar-26-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:35 euro
positive:obiettivo molto luminoso, molto rapido, ottima costruzione, colori eccezionali
negative:il bagliore di controllo è stato trattato poco
comment:veramente un bell'obiettivo!!i colori sono quelli storici dei minolta anni 80, è rapidissmo, compatto e ben costruito!per i primi piani è veramente ottimo! se si riesce a trovare a meno di 60 euro è un vero affare!
reviewer#10907 date: Feb-3-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:N/A
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
Lightweight
Affordable/Value
Fast AF
Compact
negative:Hood is useless
comment:Nice lens. Great for portraits. Very affordable. Good for low-light conditions.
reviewer#10862 date: Jan-20-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Kit lens 18-55mm.
price paid:€80
positive:Really sharp and nice focus control. Solid construction and worked instantly with my SLT A57.
negative:The 50mm at an APS-C needs some more distance due to the crop factor.
comment:Really good lens, my first prime actually. My intention with it was to use wider apertures, see how I could get nice bokeh effects easier, besides use it inverted to macro photography. I'd like to have paid a bit less for it, like 60 euros, but for 80 was still acceptable.
reviewer#10855 date: Jan-15-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f/1.4
Minolta 35-70mm f/4
Minolta 70-210mm f/4 (beercan)
Sony Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8
Tamron 20-40mm f/2.7-3.5
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8
price paid:100 USD (used)
positive:light and compact
negative:filter diameter
comment:Nice little lens. You can't go wrong for the price! It works great on both APSC and Full Frame. Love the build quality vs the new Sony 50mm 1.8. The metal mount is a good thing! The built in lens hood is a bit of a joke, but I still find myself pulling it out and using it.
reviewer#10771 date: Dec-10-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 24
minolta 28/2.8
minolta 50/3.5 macro
minolta 35-105 old
minolta beercan
zeiss zm 50/2 planar
price paid:90€
positive:Bokeh
Sharp wide open
quite fast af
negative:
missing
comment:very useful lens for portraits, products and just everything else. i have sold my minolta 50/3.5 macro, as i dont do macros at all, and replaced it with this 50/1.7. Will maybe someday upgrade to a 50/1.4.
reviewer#10760 date: Dec-7-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAM 35mm 1.8, SAM 18 55, Minolta 24 85 RS, Minolta Beercan 70 210 f4. Canon 50 1.8, Nikon 50 1.8 G,D.
price paid:70EUR
positive:Good Sharpness
Minolta Color
Good Build
Good distortion control (which is normal for a 50mm)
negative:Flare control is bad, typical for film era lens.
Manual focus ring is thin and undamped.
comment:This is one of the most impressive 50mm f1.7/1.8 lenses I've ever used. Believe me because I am a 50mm fanatic.

I love the optics performance of this lens more than its Ni/Ca counterpart. This lens is sharper than Canon's, better bokeh (Seriously, 5 blades??). I think it's also sharper than Nikon's, and also with smoother bokeh, Nikon's has outline highlight.

The weakpoints of this lens is Flare control, it's an old time lens so of course... Sometime ghost and haze make this lens appear to be less contrasty thus less sharper than other 50mm. And also that tiny manual ring which can only beat Canon's 50mm and Sony's 35mm...
reviewer#10680 date: Nov-10-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony SAL-1855
Minolta 28-80 II 3.5-5.6
Sigma 28-80 3.5-5.6 Aspherical
price paid:60 USD (ebay)
positive:Super fast
relatively cheap
great color
negative:Its not the 1.4
Its not a D lens
(8 just seems better than 5)
comment:1st of all I'm a newbie, I've only had my camera for less than a week and I'm trying out different lenses.

I have tried 5 lenses so far and this one is my favorite by far. I recommend everyone to pick this one up. I'm sure the 1.4 is better I just couldn't justify spending that much on a single lens with my experience level.

The case is plastic, but its a very nice build quality. I actually like the older ones better than the new ones and the Sony 1.8 (build quality wise).

At 1.7 & 2.0 I had no problem taking handheld pictures in a dimly lit room with no flash. I have the Sony A55 and had no problems taking continuous pictures with Auto focus.
reviewer#10602 date: Oct-18-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Rokkor 50mm 1.4
Canon 50mm 1.8 EFII
Tamron 90mm macro
Sony 35mm 1.8
Sony 20mm 2.8
Sony 28mm 2.8
Sony 16-105mm
price paid:70 USD (used-mint)
positive:Lightweight
Nicely built
Quick and silent AF
negative:No so sharp WO
Veiling haze
Color fringe
comment:Bought it in mint condition from a fellow dyxumer with minolta caps and filter.
For me the benchmark of sharpness is the tammy macro.
The benchmark for a cheap and good 50mm is the Canon.
This lens never achieves the level of sharpness of the lenses above at any aperture.
This lens is sharp in the center and borders when stopped down to 2.8 and improves little after that.
Wide open, it shows a veiling haze and strong blue fringe. It improves when stopping down, but you can never get completely rid of it.
Nice lens for portraits.
Not good for low light because of the issues above described.
reviewer#10596 date: Oct-15-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sony DT 55-200
minolta 35-105 old
price paid:50 €
positive:can be sharp from 1.7
DOF
fast focus
small
value for money
negative:flare can be bad
comment:I was lucky to buy this lens, attached to a Minolta 5000 with a minolta skylight filter attached to it. The lens can be sharp from 1.7 ( counting eyelashes ), if you get the focus right, with the tiny DOF linked to that aperture.
I also like the focussing, which in my opinion is faster than the sony 55-200 SAM & on par with the minolta 35-105 old.
My favourite workhorse low light lens, ideal for candid kids portraits, combined with the burst speed & low shutter noise of the A55. highly recommended. I'm hoping to compare it with a 50 1.4 soon ( when it arrives ).
reviewer#10593 date: Oct-15-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:70 USD (used)
positive:Built
sharpness
price (used)
negative:Hood is just for show
comment:great pictures come out of this little lens. even beginners can produce great shots. I highly recommend getting one for your lens collection. If you are slowly transitioning form point and shoot to DSLR/SLT then get this lens. it's a plus it Works with sony alpha mounts.
reviewer#10569 date: Oct-6-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:
missing
negative:
missing
comment:ottimo obiettivo minolta super consigliato
reviewer#10534 date: Sep-22-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 30mm F1.4
price paid:80€ (used)
positive:This lens is so tiny, you can carry it around in your pockets.
negative:Frontcap comes off easily, looks like it jumps into sharpness, noisy
comment:It has the rich Minolta colours, it is even sharp wide open, useable in low light. Very suitable for streetphotography, because it is a tiny lens.
The backgrounds are fantastic in a picture.
reviewer#10510 date: Sep-12-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 28 F2.8
- Minolta 135 F2.8
- Minolta 35-70 F4
- Sony DT 16-50 F2.8
price paid:50 EUR (used)
positive:- Compact & lightweight
- Very fast
- Pleasant bokeh WO
- Well built
- Cheap
negative:- Poor lens hood
comment:Great lens! My first prime but everlasting one. In twelve years there's no other lens i own that compares with it in terms of sharpness, only the sony is very near to it.
It's very sharp (a little bit softer WO but nothing to complain), sharper than the other lens it's compared with. It's small, lightweight and delivers high quality images. I use it also in conjunction with extension tubes for macro shots and it performs great. If you can, get one!
A MUST HAVE
reviewer#10509 date: Sep-12-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 50mm 2.8 Macro DG
price paid:40€
positive:Sharp, small and light, fast AF
negative:Shallow DOF, soft at corners wide open
comment:Must have lens! Very sharp, with accurate and fast AF, useful for low light conditions. Only problem with this lens is shallow DOF. I compared it with my Sigma 50mm 2.8 Macro DG and found that Minolta has more tiny belt of focus on f 2.8 comparing to Sigma. On the other side it cane make very nice results if you can take advantage of shallow DOF. On APS-C sensors it is not wide enough, but again, this is great piece of glass.
reviewer#10350 date: Jul-3-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:40 GBP (Used)
positive:Quick focus
Light weight
Small size
negative:Focus ring small
comment:
missing
reviewer#10283 date: Jun-9-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:S 18-55
M 28-80 F3.5-5.6
M 35-80 F3.5-5.6
M 70-210 F4.5-5.6
Sigma 70-300
price paid:€65 + some stuff
positive:+Sharp!
+Bokeh
+Fun thin DoF
+Small and lightweight
+Real Minolta colors!
+All metal
+Fast aperture!
negative:-CA at F1.7
-Weird hood
-Small focus ring
-Sometimes it misses focus.
comment:Nice little lens. I got it along with a Dynax 300si and a 35-80 for just 65 euros! Good sharpness and DoF is amazing and fun. Ust have lens. I'll edit this as soon as get my films developed. The negatives are no dealbreakers.
reviewer#10251 date: May-31-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/1.4
SMC Tak 50/1.4
price paid:90 EUR
positive:+ excellent IQ even wide open
+ extremely light
+ good build quality
+ the hood is always there
negative:- the hood is not very good
- sharpness on the outer portion of the frame needs a couple of stops to improve.
comment:I have had this lens for a very long time.
The lens is extremely sharp on APS-C all over the frame. On FF it looses it's zing from the midpoint out, but the rendition of this lens is just beautiful. The bokeh is even better than the 50/1.4. I actually prefer the 50/1.7 lens over the 50/1.4 for portraits, but the 1.4 is overall better in terms of sharpness once stopped down.
It's a shame that this lens is no longer produced.
I would gladly pay some 250 EUR for an updated version of this lens with maybe the new SAM motor (like in the 18-135). Oh well, one can dream ;)
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 387
  • sharpness: 4.64
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.57
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 4.18
  • overall: 4.58

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