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

reviewer#33748 date: Jan-6-2017
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Nikon Series E 50/1.8
Nikkor AF 50/1.8
Pentax SMC-M 50/2
price paid:was given to me
positive:Small and light
Great all-metal build quality
Distance and DOF scale
Very sharp stopped down; relatively good at 1.7-2.4ish
Very cheap (not that I'd truly know) and widely available
negative:Flare control is not very good, but that's to be expected
Focus ring quite small and thin
comment:I received this lens along with a 7 this past summer as a gift. It is a fantastic first lens for film or full frame, as it's fast, sharp, rugged, and has a DOF scale on it.

Compared to other nifty-fifties, it is in the same league sharpness-wise as at least the old Pentax 50/2 design and the old Nikon 50/1.8 design (not including the present 1.8G). Back in August, I shot a set of senior portraits with it on the 7, and it focussed very quickly.

However, the manual focussing ring is small and less convenient to use than a manual focus lens (but it does turn very smoothly). Its flare control is also less than stellar, as one can expect from a lens of this vintage. This is a common problem with older Minolta lenses, as their coatings were never quite as good at handling flare as, for instance, those of Pentax or Canon.

Despite this, it's a great little lens, and everyone should have it in their 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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