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

reviewer#23460 date: Dec-29-2015
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 100 F2
Tamron Di II 60 F2 macro
Vario-Sonnar 16-80 F3.5-4.5
price paid:€ 82 (used)
positive:Beautiful Bokeh, compact, sturdy, nice minolta colors, fast screw drive autofocus
negative:no ADI, a bit soft at full aperture, no lens hood
comment:A small jewel considering its price on used lens market. Compared to Tamron 60 it focuses faster and more reliable, in particular when taking moving objects, but it lacks the ADI-function, making the proper use of flash more difficult. As a macro lens, the Tamron also has a much better MFD. Compared to the Minolta 100 F2 it is almost a match in sharpness. Compared to the Vario-Sonnar 16-80 F3.5-4.5 it has 2 full stops more aperture. This lens is very small, so can be added with little impact on overall size and weight of the bag.

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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