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

reviewer#27593 date: May-31-2016
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:SAL-50F18 DT
Minolta AF 50mm F/3.5 1:2 Macro (+ RS model)
Minolta AF 50mm F/2.8 1:1 Macro (+ RS model)
Minolta AF 50mm F/1.7 RS
price paid:£20.00 (used/bundle)
positive:Excellent construction
Wonderful colour rendition + bokeh
Compact size
negative:An almost pointless retractable lens shield
comment:This is an old kit lens from the Minolta AF SLR days and is still going strong today. Virtually everyone will no doubt have owned a copy at some stage, yet it sill delivers quality results with digital cameras.

The retractable lens shield is almost pointless, but as the front element is buried deep into the body, it will offer some additional shielding from light. There's not much not to like about this lens as it's a very capable prime whether on full frame or APS-C and it's robust metal and glass construct makes it a tough little nut to crack.

There are however much better options, and for around the same price you can buy the Minolta AF 50mm F/3.5 1:2 Macro which is much sharper and would be my recommended lens model of choice if you're looking for a 50mm prime, though buying one for the sake of having a 50mm prime isn't a real reason to buy this specific model lens, but that's just me.

The RS versions of all the Minolta 50mm primes are better still and again, some can be bought for the same money as the metal/glass originals. In conclusion, this lens is a well built and of solid construction which produces pleasing results and is a very capable optic in it's own right. Would I recommend it? Well no, simply because there are better alternatives for similar money for full frame users and the dedicated SAL-50F18 DT prime is also a superb performer for APS-C cameras.

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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