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

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reviewer#40955 date: Oct-26-2017
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma Art 50mm f1.4.
Zeiss 85mm f1.4.
Zeiss 50mm f1.4.
Zeiss 135mm f1.8
price paid:£41.00
positive:Sharper than the rating on this forum would suggest.
Really compact.
Really light.
Built in shade.
Bang for your buck turbocharged!
negative:A lot more plastic than non RS versions.
comment:I really do not understand why this lens doesn't have a 4.8 rating. It is sharper than the Zeiss 85mm f1.4 which in itself is the sharpest 85mm available in "a" mount. Side by side with the sigma ART 50mm f1.4 it is as sharp in the center, with stunning resolution, but like all legacy glass it softens slightly towards the corners, which it does in a really attractive way. Wide open this lens simply blows away the Zeiss 135mm at f1.8 and that's favorite lens of all!
All of the aforementioned lenses are great, which means that this is also a great lens, but because it so inexpensive it will always be marked down against it's more exotic competition.
But not by me. 5 stars for everything except build.
reviewer#23461 date: Dec-30-2015
sharpness: 3.5
color: 2
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:non-RS model
Minolta 35-70mm f4
Sony DT 35mm f1.8 SAM
Minolta 28-80, 28-100, 35-70F4
Sony 18-55, 55-200, 55-300
Lots of 50mm MF primes
price paid:£29-99 s/h
positive:Lovely small, light lens
Good aperture
Sharp above f2
Excellent bokeh on APS-C
MF ring is easier to use on RS model
negative:Minolta colours!
Poor MFD & close-up performance
Some geometric distortion
Useless lens hood and no provision for clip-on hood
MF angle is smaller which makes spot focussing more difficult
comment:This lens (and the non-RS equivalent) is probably the cheapest AF prime lens you can get for Sony/Minolta A-mount cameras. Having recently bought the older (non-RS) version of this lens at a good price, I found a mint copy of the RS (= restyled) version at a price I couldn’t resist.
Is it worth having? Yes, unless you have something else!
On film this is a pretty good lens to have as an alternative to the usual cheap zooms, as it has an aperture usefully wider and is small and neat. You *will* need an add-on lens hood (I use the Hoya collapsible rubber one) as the built-in one is quite useless.
But on APS-C digital there are a few issues which annoy me. Everyone says they love Minolta colours and I’ll admit on the telephotos they can be nice, but this one – well, the colours are so far from neutral I find myself having to fiddle with the WB to correct them, or else just using it on B&W. Could be just my taste, maybe, but the lens’s poor performance in close-up photography is not. Now I’ve used 50mm lenses on SLRs for decades and I expect them to do a good job of close-ups, eg flowers, even if they don’t get anywhere near 1:1 macro. This one won’t focus close, and if you try extension tubes the result is soft, and when mis-focussed you get the swirly bokeh which some people like (not me!). It does seem to work better with close-up lens attachments, though you may get some CA with these (unless they are the genuine Minolta corrected ones, perhaps?).
The 35-70mm F4 Minolta is much better (except for the two stops poorer aperture), especially in close-up where it is very good.
When compared with the earlier version, the RS has a wider and thicker rubber ring for manual focussing, which is good news as the thinner and slightly inset knurled ring on the older model could be difficult to find and get a grip on, particularly if you use an external lens hood. I do this often (the collapsible rubber hoods from Hoya are brilliant IMHO) because the built-in sliding model doesn’t really do much unless you happen to have a strong light source *just* outside the image. But at least the hood now locks in place if you give it a twist clockwise, unlike the older one.
Now a 50mm f1.7 lens sounds ideal for portrait work on APS-C, so is this one any good?
Yes and no. It has a reasonable aperture and FL and the new rubber MF ring is much easier to use than the older version. However, when they re-styled the lens they may not have changed the optics but they *did* alter the focus mechanism – the helical slot mechanism which translates rotary AF drive into linear axial movement of the front elements – and they reduced the angle this turns from approximately 120 degrees (1/3 turn) to 90 degrees (1/4 turn), which is probably why they had to miss some of the numbers out on the focus distance scale. This makes it more difficult to achieve exact manual focussing near full aperture, which won’t be an issue if you’re using f8 but will if you’re at f2 or less (the whole reason for using the lens!). If you want to get a model’s eyelashes exactly sharp, you may find (as I do) that an older-generation non-AF M42 lens with a 270-degree heavily damped manual focussing ring is more accurate, but of course this needs a tripod and a studio setup to work properly. On the move, the RS lens is better, but you may find you need to take several pictures focussed separately if you want to get one of them sharp!

So in summary, I find this lens rather disappointing. I hate the colours, it has a little banana bending of horizontals and verticals near the edges (yes, even on APS-C!) which are noticeable on architecture, and it has lousy close-up performance (which is why I've downgraded the sharpness rating. I don't need an f1.7 lens at infinity focus). On APS-C, in absolutely *every* aspect except maximum aperture and bokeh, the Sony 18-55mm kit lens is far superior. It is sharper everywhere, corrected in-camera with jpegs, is extremely good in close-ups and has lovely neutral colours. If you must have a prime, then on APS-C get the Sony f1.8 (or the 35mm, which is excellent) and on FF, I’d suggest getting the f1.4 or f2.8 instead (or the Sigma). On film, pick the more expensive 50mm f2.8 or 3.5 macro, one of the 35-70mm lenses, or whatever else you fancy. But to be fair to the lens, for background bokeh circles this lens is difficult to beat, and on film it is still an essential lens to have in the bag.
reviewer#18358 date: Sep-25-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Sony DT 50 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 50 F1.7
Minolta AF 50 F3.5 Macro
price paid:42 USD (used)
positive:Small and light
Very sharp wide-open in the center
Locking built-in hood
Metal focus gears
*Smooth operating rubber focus ring
Minimal CA stopped down
Minimal distortion
About 40% faster focus gearing
negative:Haziness/CA wide open
*Center softness
Bokeh can look busy
Short focus throw
Long minimal focus distance
49 mm filter size
comment:The first very clean copy was purchased on eBay but missing the front lens cap. I purchased a second poor looking copy with sticky focus but which is also very sharp wide-open. The frame and focusing mechanism are simplified and mostly plastic on the RS. "JAPAN"

This is a small lens. It even makes the Sigma 24 f/2.8 Super Wide II look big. The front element is very recessed so it probably could have been even smaller. As it is the focus ring is small and has very little throw, but it works okay on the first copy. I like the styling. It matches the 5-year later Minolta AF 28-105.

It certainly has depreciated less than most Minolta lenses. It was selling just above $50 when original released. The current Sony DT 50 1.8 SAM is $170. It certainly feels nicer to use than the Sony SAM primes. Then again it is definitely heavier than either DT prime despite the lack of a SAM motor.

Overall I am pleased with its performance especially after trying the similar looking but miserably performing Sony 28 f/2.8. It actually compares pretty favorably to the newer DT 35 f/1.8. It has less distortion and less chromatic aberration than that lens. The 35 f/1.8 is less prone to alias and looks sharper. which makes me wonder if Sony is running some moire reduction on RAW files for supported lenses. It is also longer than the 50 f/1.8. That lens is definitely sharper wide open. It definitely displays what some call focus shift with stopping down. The sharpest appearing focus wide-open is a bit off when stopped down.

I was surprised to find that the built-in hood actually locks in place on this lens meaning it actually offers some additional protection to the front element. I'd still prefer the larger reversible hood included with the later versions of the 50 f/1.4.

On Sony cameras it has two aperture settings both of which report as f/1.7. It goes 1.7, 1.7, 2, 2.2, 2.5, 2.8, etc. The iris definitely closes down some on the second 1.7 setting. The camera also selects different exposures on the two "1.7" aperture settings. The closed down "1.7" might actually be a 1.8 aperture setting. Contrary to Pirate's review below, the 7 aperture blades are basically straight and show as a polygon even at this first partial step down.

Frankly it is a bit mushy in the center until stopped down to f/2.8 and never really sharpens up very much. The center is about as sharp as it gets by f/2.8. Even the extreme corners are pretty good at f/2.8, but they continue to get sharper until f/5 and stay sharp beyond that. f/3.5 displays the most aliasing on the A58.

Manual focusing on the first copy was very smooth with just a little mechanical noise. Auto focusing is quite loud.

Overall very decent performance--definitely better overall image quality than the zooms at the same settings.
reviewer#12165 date: Mar-7-2015
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta MD 50mm F1.7
price paid:40€
positive:very sharp from F2
nice colors
fast
negative:soft at F1.7
flare
comment:Very nice and cheap lens. A little bit soft at F1.7 (some photographers like that in portraits) but very sharp from F2. Colors are wonderful. Must have lens. Of course if you don't have 50mm f1.4.
reviewer#12135 date: Feb-16-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
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price paid:
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positive:
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negative:
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comment:
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reviewer#11989 date: Sep-24-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 30/1.4
Sony SAL1855
Minolta 24-105/3.5-4.5
Sigma 55-200/4-5.6
price paid:100EUR (used)
positive:Lightweight
Faster than most zooms
Nice bokeh
negative:Soft at 1.7
Only small built-in hood
comment:Very good lens for portrait (it's 75/1.7 on APS-C).
Very soft at 1.7, useful from 2.2, very sharp from 2.8.
I compared it to Minolta 50/1.4 which was little bit better at 1.7, but still very soft. They were almost similar from 2.0. I finally decided to buy Sigma 30/1.4 as it is wider and most useful on APS-C (but is much more expensive).
If you need lens for portraits or children and has limited budget, buy this one. If you need 1.4, skip Minolta 50/1.4 and buy Sigma 30/1.4. It's more useful on APS-C and sharp from 1.4.
reviewer#11149 date: May-31-2013
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:The Sony 18-55mm lens,
The KM 18-70mm lens,
The Sigma 18-125mm lens.
price paid:£59 s/h, but mint.
positive:Light and compact. Nice colours, Pleasing results. Great for low light conditions. One that I bring with me everywhere. On the APS-C sensor, it makes a lovely portrait lens.
negative:None really. The built in hood doesn't do much, as it barely extends past the UV lens filter.
comment:I bought this lens between the time KM had announced that they were exiting the photographic market and before Sony came on the scene.
There were lots of bargains out there then.
This lens was advertised by an UK camera store in Amateur Photographer magazine. It was a simple exercise of making a phone call, ordering and paying by credit card. It came in mint condition, boxed, still in its original unopened wrapping.
I have never been let down by it.
reviewer#11000 date: Mar-27-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm f/1.8
price paid:50€ (used)
positive:Small. Cheap. Quite good IQ for a prime lens.
negative:Too soft wide open. After 2.8 gets better and is quite sharp. Flare control. Focus ring could have more resistance.
comment:The rectractable lens hood is no use.
reviewer#10774 date: Dec-11-2012
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50 f1.7 Original, Sony 50 f1.4, Sigma 70 f2.8 Macro
price paid:
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positive:The lens is Bright. AF is fast. Sharp from f2.5 onward. It is substantial in its build. Nice rubber manual focus ring. Hood locks into place.
negative:The lens hood isn't the best, but it does work nonetheless if you don't use a filter being that the front element is recessed quite a bit from the front edge of the lens.
comment:This lens definitely delivers if you ask me. Fast auto focus, bright aperture and excellent build. The lens is sharp to be sure. Though, it is soft wide open at f1.7, but still quite usable. The corners are soft until 2.8 when the frame starts to even out. From f4 and onward softness at the corners and edges are not an issue. Build is great and improved over the older "original" version of this lens. Lens hood may not be very usable when using a filter, but without a filter on it does get the job done. Also, the hood locks into place unlike the old version.

From f2.5 you really can't tell this lens apart from the Sony 50 f1.4. It can't beat the Sigma 70 f2.8 Macro lens. However, I think after f2.8 it get close.

Though, I prefer zooms for their versatility; this lens can perform and hold its own. Best used from f2.5. Sharpness rating of 4.5 given for the range starting at f2.5. Otherwise, I would have the give the lens a sharpness rating of 4 due to the poor corner and edge perfromance at wider apertures.
reviewer#10267 date: Jun-6-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
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positive:Awesome bokeh, not bad wide open but VERY sharp stopped up a little.
Lightweight.
Little distortion.
negative:Built in lens hood is pointless
Flare control is weak, but better with aftermarket screw in lens hood
Slight cooling effect.
comment:Bought this lens in practically unused condition and it is one of my favorite lenses to use so far. Very sharp images with great bokek. F1.7 shots can be a little soft, but stopping it up slightly gives VERY sharp pictures. There is a cooling effect on color which is easily fixed with minor editing. The built in lens hood is a joke, so I bought a Mennon screw in filter and that works great. *WARNING* Flare control is terrible without the aftermarket hood, it will ruin your shots. Other than that, this is a STEAL!! Buy it, you won't regret it!
reviewer#10196 date: May-14-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 16-50 f2.8
Sony 18-55 F3,5-5.6 kit
price paid:£90
positive:Small and light
Sharp
Great colours
bokeh
negative:nothing
comment:A brilliant lens, light, fast and sharp. Stunning colours and creamy bokeh. was my main lens on my old A450.

Get one - great for portraits and walk around.

reviewer#10169 date: May-3-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm 1.8
Sony 35mm 1.8
price paid:126€
positive:Lightweight lens
Great aperture
Build quality (metal mount)
Excelent image quality
negative:Hard to find a decent unit
Pre-digital coatings
Strange built-in hood
comment:An excelent prime lens, i love my 1.7 RS. Finding a decent unit was difficult, but thanks to Peter Walnes, i was able to find one without any oil or blade problems, in mint condition.

Its built-in lens hood is useless, so don´t count on it to prevent any flare. The image quality on this lens is top notch, although a little soft at f/1.7. Stopping down to f/2 solves any sharpness issue.

Compared to the original version, the RS is a great upgrade, with its rubber grip and high grade plastic construction. The glass is identical to the original version, which was already good very.

Very lightweight, with metal mount, this lens is superior to its Sony 1.8 sucessor in every aspect (except digital coatings). Since it can be used in future full frame cameras, i highly recommended it to anyone wanting a cheap prime and portrait lens!
reviewer#10128 date: Apr-19-2012
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:MIN50F17
MIN50F14
MIN50F28 Macro
MIN50F35 Macro
SAL50F18DT SAM
Min AF 24-105mm (D)
Min AF 35-70mm F4
KM AF 17-35mm F/2.8
Tam SP AF 17-35mm Asp
Sigma AF 17-70mm F/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Tamron SP AF 90mm 1:1 Di Macro (272ES/272EM)
Minolta AF 24-50mm F4
price paid:£59.99 (used)
positive:IQ/Sharpness
Excellent built quality
Lightweight plastic body
Metal mount
Fast AF speed
Colour rendition
Buttery smooth bokeh
Rubber focus ring
Twist-lock retractable hood
Nice tactile feel
negative:None

For all those whining about the lens hood . . buy a rubber collapsible screw-on, and bear in mind the front element is embedded deep into the lens body, so the integral lockable 'hood' is perfectly adequate.
comment:Having owned half a dozen or so standard MIN50F17 versions which have all been excellent both on cropped and FF bodies, the opportunity to buy the RS version presented itself. The difference between the RS version is a great improvement on the standard MIN50F17 by virtue of the wider rubberised focus ring, high grade lightweight plastic body, cleaner grip style and integrated lockable extendable lens hood.

Minolta clearly took another look at the Mk 1 metal bodied version and have done a great job with the Mk 2 RS version which I suspect was the template for the later SAL50F18 for APS-C bodies.

It still retains all of the standard F/1.7 optical and build qualities and added to them. The tactile feel is better and it's lighter. A real 'pocket rocket' that deserves a place in anyone's lens bag if you're after a quality short range full frame wide aperture prime without the obscene price tag of the F/1.4 versions.

It also has a shorter focus travel (about 1/4 turn) and is theoretically a little faster focusing. Both the Mk 1 and RS versions have 7 blade apertures, but the RS has a circular aperture for perhaps a smoother bokeh (blurred background). A pleasant eye-opener of a lens that delivers in spades just like it's 'dad'.

In closing, I've come to the conclusion that subject to price, the MIN50F35 Macro is the way to go if you're looking for a 50mm prime as the cost difference isn't that great and you get one of the sharpest full frame 50mm prime lenses for the A-Mount which has a 1:2 macro reproduction unless you must have a F/1.4 model 50mm prime whether full frame or APS-C as the MIN50F35 Macro will be one of the best Minolta 50mm prime lenses you'll ever need unless a 1:1 50mm F/2.8 Macro is preferable, though I would think buying the appropriate APS-C or FF lens for your sensor type makes perfect sense IMHO.
reviewer#10040 date: Mar-21-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:120 USD
positive:-Minolta Color
-Quick AF
-Light
-Relatively Sharp
negative:-Built in lens hood quite useless
comment:This lens is an excellent prime lens. I use it most of the time on my A33 and it auto focuses almost instantly. The wide aperture allows for low light conditions but becomes sharper around f/4 or f/5.6.
reviewer#9920 date: Feb-12-2012
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Sigma 24/2.8 Super Wide II
- Sigma 50/2.8 Macro
- Minolta AF 35-70/4
price paid:about 100€ (used)
positive:+ nice bokeh
+ weight & size
+ fast AF
negative:- quite soft wide open
- integrated hood
- Focus ring for MF
comment:Lens is quite soft when wide open - needs to be slowed down for sharp images. Integrated hood is nearly useless and hard to handle. Focus ring to small for MF operation.
reviewer#9859 date: Jan-29-2012
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:nikkor 50mm 1.8 D
price paid:60 used
positive:color
sharpness
weight
DOF
negative:...none
comment:this is a great lens! f1.7 is more than enough for me in lowlight. On A65 it focuses pretty quick...and quite. It produces wonderful colors with v good contrast and saturation. So far I have not tried it out in sunlight, all my 100+ pics with this lens have been indoors with poor lighting conditions...and I could count on this lens everytime! I feel its a little softer at 1.7...I prefer to shoot at 2.8 most times. Overall its a v good lens for less than 100$. I also own a Nikon D700 with a 50mm 1.8 D prime lens, and my minolta f1.7 on A65 performs significantly better than the Nikon! Except that FF D700 produces more details, but minolta f1.7 produces more 'pop' pictures with excellent colors, contrast. am v v happy with it.
reviewer#9597 date: Nov-16-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:Don't know (new)
positive:Small size, well built
Affordable
Reasonably sharp when stopped down
negative:Never liked the built-in hood
comment:Bought new in 1992 with 5xi. Fallen out of love with this one. ON 24MP FF it just lacks quality. The CZ50 offers so much more resolution at any aperture and far better AF (but at 10 times the price).
reviewer#9303 date: Aug-5-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 50 1.7
minolta 28 2.8
price paid:€108, incl shipping
positive:Excellent build, sharpness, colour.
negative:focus distance is not that great
comment:This one looks better than his brother (the former 1.7) but I cant see any difference in picture quality. Both are superb lenses for a relatively small amount of cash. Every Sony alpha user should have a copy of this one or the older 1.7 in it's photobag.

Bought it at ebay for 108 euros (150 dollars) incl. shipping.
reviewer#8954 date: Apr-21-2011
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55, Sigma 18-125
price paid:$107.00 USD Mint
positive:Light, build to last, Great Color, Fast, Low Price
negative:Non for the price
comment:The color is fantastic on this lens. It is sharp at f1.7, but becomes very sharp once stepped down one f-stop. So far, I'm very please with the results I'm getting; it's a definite keeper.
I'll update this review as I shoot more with this lens.
reviewer#8714 date: Feb-28-2011
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Canon 50mm f1.8
price paid:$50 USD
positive:built in hood
fast focus
relatively sharp wide open
negative:manual focus ring
low contrast wide open
comment:For the price, this is a wonderful lens to own. It is small, inexpensive, and usable even wide open. However this lens does suffer from a small amount of softness and loss of contrast wide open. Stopped down one stop, this lens shines!
I would use it more often if I didnt buy the minolta 85mm 1.4, however I still grab this lens from time to time when I want to carry a smaller lens.
reviewer#8358 date: Dec-5-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:better grip than the non RS version
sharpness
minolta colors
price
negative:none for the price

just the nonsense hood!
comment:this is a good performer.
i like this than the non RS 50mm 1.7
reviewer#8357 date: Dec-5-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sigma 24 superwide II 2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp
color
1.7
small
light
better focusing ring
negative:stepped down to 2.8 for tact sharp image
comment:same with the non RS version
reviewer#8350 date: Dec-4-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.7 (original)
price paid:67 GBP (mint and box
positive:Sharp
Colour
negative:Nothing really
comment:Competent performer.
reviewer#7566 date: Jun-14-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50 f1.7
Tokina AT-X 17mm
Sigma 24mm f2.8 Super Wide II
Beercan 70-210 f4
Minolta 35-105 f3.5/4.5
Minolta 35-70 f4
Sony 18-79 f3.5/5.6 kitlens
price paid:35 GBP
positive:Sharp
Great colour and contrast
Consistent results
Fast & reliable AF
Good build quality
negative:None
comment:Great lens bought from eBay as part of a lucky dip along with a Dynax 3xi, an aluminium case and a few bits and bobs. Both camera and lens in absolutely mint condition so basically a rare bargain nowadays. I used it for a week for some portraits at work and took some test shots to compare primarily with my Minolta AF 50mm f1.7 original version.

Both the RS and the earlier version performed almost identically in all aspects apart from contrast and flare. This version was marginally better with regards flare and slightly (but noticeably) better at differentiating between subtle shades of the same colour, notably greens.

The RS picked out detail differences in shade that the older lens would not.

Build quality is marginally less substantial (a very few parts plastic instead of metal)than the older version BUT there's nothing flimsy about the RS and I'd expect it to last just as long

As for design, the RS is definately easier to find and use the focus ring (if you need to), the pull out hood locks in place which the older one doesn't, and to my eyes, it looks more suited aesthetically to the Sony Alpha's.

I think, with hindsight, I should have sold the older one - Doh!
reviewer#7218 date: Apr-1-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 17-35 F2.8-4 EX DG
Tamron 17-50 F2.8 (APS-C)
Sony 18-70 F3.5-5.6 (APS-C)
Sony 20 F2.8
Sony 24-105 F3.5-4.5
Tamron 28-75 F2.8
Minolta 28-135 F4-4.5
Minolta 35-70 F4
Minolta 35-105 F3.5-4.5 Old
Sony 50 F1.4
Tamron 55-200 F4-5.6 (APS-C)
Minolta 70-210 F4
CZ 85 F1.4
Sony 100 F2.8 Macro
Minolta 100-300 F4.5-5.6 APO
Minolta 135/2.8
price paid:GBP 109 (new)
positive:+ Tiny, can take anywhere
+ Beautiful "old Minolta" colour
+ Fast, accurate AF
+ Sharp from F2.8 and usable from F2
+ Great value
+ Good FF performance overall
+ Good availability used
negative:- Not circular aperture leads to out-of-focus specular highlights appearing as heptagons.
- MFD could be better
- Contrast and sharpness wide open not perfect, but then what is at this price?
- MF is not very easy, since focus ring is thin.
- Corner sharpness on full frame
- Bokeh not as smooth as top primes (still better than most zooms)
comment:Really great both on APS-C and full frame however range is more useful on full frame in my opinion (On APS-C it's an in-between focal length, either not wide enough or not long enough) Clearly better than any of the above zooms @ 50mm. Sharper at F2.8 better than the Tamron zooms wide open and the colours are better especially skin tones. Have made some great 18"x12" prints. I rated this 5/5 for sharpness until I got the CZ 85/1.4 and had to re-evaluate all my lenses.

Compared to Sony 50/1.4, there is little to no difference in centre sharpness, colour, contrast, AF from F2 up. Only the corners are better on 50/1.4. Also, 50/1.4 is a bit more bulky due to the hood.

MFD is not as good as many zooms... 450mm vs 270mm (17-50) and 330mm (28-75).

Have not seen any flare with this lens, but cautiously rate as a 4 as this would not have the latest coatings etc.
reviewer#6908 date: Feb-13-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:M42 SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4
M42 SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8
Sony 18-70mm kit lens
etc.
price paid:60 USD (used)
positive:Sharp, fast, quick focus, versatile 50mm
negative:Slight softness at edges wide open
comment:Most 50-58mm primes are optically great, and this is no exception. In general, I've noticed the f/1.4 lenses often have more character (i.e., issues like halos) than the slower ones, and this lens definitely has the freedom from artifacts seen in many of the better slower lenses. It is a very no-nonsense lens with a classic Minolta look to its images; it reminds me of the 50mm f/1.7 Rokkors on my SRT101 & XK.

There is slight softness at the edges wide open, which gets better stopping down; no other optical issues. Still ok on 24MP. Bokeh are nothing special, but neither are they bad. With 1.5X crop APS-C, this is even more versatile than it was on film; for example, this is great for photos of kids. However, it also works well on my FF A7 with the LA-EA4.

Build quality is very good for an AF lens, easily outclassing the kit lens. The RS focus ring is actually usable and the metal mount is still a perfectly tight yet smooth fit on this old lens. However, the first copy I got on ebay (and returned) had fungus, and I can see how the pull-out hood design makes this lens a bit more susceptible.
reviewer#6873 date: Feb-5-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-80mm Macro f/4-5.6
Sony SAL1855 kit lens
price paid:Ł85 delivered - ebay
positive:Price, image quality and build compared to new Sony f/1.4. Built in lens hood, which does help more than others suggest.
negative:No in-built focus motor.
They don't still make it!
comment:I was originally looking at saving up, selling my old film cameras and buying a Sony f/1.4, but I bought this one just to try. Believe me, I don't need the Sony!
The lens is made of metal, both body and mount. The grip is comfortable and the focus ring is easy to use, if not slightly irritatingly placed. The built in lens-hood isn't brilliant, but it does the job! It only extends 1-2cm but the front element is deep in the lens anyway.
The mount feels a lot more secure on the camera (Sony a500) than the other lenses I have, because of the metal mount.
The lens is not incredibly sharp at 1.7, but stopping it down to f2 sees a noticeable improvement. At it's minimum focusing distance of 45cm and at f1.7, this lens has a DOF of about 4mm, which is crazy!
Another thing - the camera can't name this lens, so if you rely on EXIF data, the lens is 'Unknown'. The image quality will give it away though!
reviewer#6830 date: Jan-27-2010
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24-105mm
28-80mm
price paid:85.00
positive:Sharp, small, Light weight, great for portraits.
negative:none
comment:i think every bag needs a 50mm or 35mm lens in it, stoped down it is fantastic.
reviewer#6625 date: Dec-23-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:119usd ebay
positive:Sharp, Fast, Good in lo light, works fantastically with my a300
negative:None so far
comment:I'm new at this photography game, and just learning the various facets of lens. I came across many good comments about the 50mm 1.7, and I have to say all have proven out in my limited knowledge and experience. I can't wait until I have the skill to make this lense perform.
reviewer#6605 date: Dec-19-2009
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: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50mm f/1.7 orig
price paid:
missing
positive:Cheap
Fast
Sharp after f/2
Light
Better focus ring than the original
negative:Silly hood
Soft wide open
75mm equivalent on APS-C
comment:Seemingly identical to the original optically. A decent, cheap 50mm prime that for some reason Sony hasn't resurrected.

Price and condition being equal I'd give the edge to the RS version over the original. The focus ring on the original sucks (this one ain't exactly great, but it's a little better).
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 103
  • sharpness: 4.53
  • color: 4.73
  • build: 4.23
  • distortion: 4.82
  • flare control: 4.19
  • overall: 4.50

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