Minolta AF 50mm F1.7 A-mount lens review by ElijahBKing
|ElijahBKing#33748 date: Jan-6-2017|
flare control: 4
|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.