Minolta AF 50mm F1.7 A-mount lens review by Mr Ed

reviewer#11950 date: Aug-15-2014
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Beercan, tokina 28-70, tokina 80-200, Minolta prime 24, 75-300 mm Minolta cheapo zoom, oddball Russian Mir 1b 37mm, classic takumar 50mm f1.4, Minolta 28-105, Minolta 500 mirror, Tamron 90mm macro, crappy kit lens.
price paid:don't remember
positive:FF prime, cheap
negative:Prime, but not 1.4. Get a 1.4 and be done with it! Note: A bit long on APS frame cameras.
comment:So many reviews so no point in more useless details. Just a note that I have a manual Takumar m42 50mm f1.4 that I prefer over this autofocus. If you need AF, OK, but the manual Takumar has something special about it that shines in low light. Its more 'arty' than the Minolta, the bokeh to die for. Consider it. Otherwise the Minolta is a good prime, maybe a little soft wide open, don't use it much. I have never tried the Minolta 1.4, maybe its the way to go if you have no other 50mm.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 417
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.57
  • distortion: 4.74
  • flare control: 4.17
  • overall: 4.58
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