Minolta AF 50mm F3.5 Macro A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#33742 date: Dec-26-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolt 50 2,8 macro minolta 50/1,7 minolta 50/1,4
price paid:
missing
positive:Extreme sharp! This lens sharp 3,5 5,6 8 11 22

Light

Very nice color no ca no coma no flare
negative:---
comment:The sharpest Minolta lenses
much sharper than the 2.8 Macro
reviewer#21436 date: Nov-29-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 50mm f 1.7
- KM 28-75
price paid:don't know anymore
positive:- sharp
- compact
negative:- none whatsoever
comment:I bought this lens 10 years ago secondhand but never used it.
I just did a test on the A7, and I must say... this lens blew me away. It's sharp, sharp, sharp.. Wideopen it's the best I ever seen on 50mm@f3.5, much beter then the 7A kitlens, the plastic fantastic 50mm or the KM 28-75 ( a rebadged Tamron 28-75 f2.8)
reviewer#20410 date: Nov-5-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II (0.25x)
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM (1x)
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM (0.25x)
Sony DT 50 F1.8 SAM (0.2x)
Sony DT 18-55 SAM II (0.34x)
Sony DT 55-200 SAM (0.29x)
Minolta AF 35-105 (0.25x)
Minolta 70-210 F4 (0.25x)
Tamron SP 60 F2 (1x)
price paid:77 USD (used)
positive:Nice smooth bokeh
Decent rubber focus ring
Curved aperture blades
Flat focal plane
55 mm filter size
negative:f/3.5
1:2 (0.5x)
Inaccurate AF
Low contrast
Poor at 1:1 using extensions.
comment:Nice, clean looking copy. This lens was $200 when released in 1994 just over $100 cheaper than the 50/2.8. This is the simplest A-mount lens in terms of actual parts, and probably should be the cheapest. It is not a sharp lens, but the rendering is better than the faster 50 mm Minoltas. "JAPAN"

The larger body compared to the 50 f/1.7 is mostly used to accommodate a deep fixed hood. The working distance is fairly large because of the fairly low 1:2 maximum reproduction ratio.

The field-of-view is slightly narrower than the 50/1.7 and significantly narrower than the 50/1.8 at the same focus distances. The field-of-view is just slightly wider than the long end of the 18-55 SAM II. Color is very similar to the 50/1.7 and slightly warmer than the Sony lenses.

It is not quite as sharp and consistent across the frame as the faster DT primes at normal distances, but the rendering is very nice. The DT 18-55 SAM II kit zoom is not far behind in overall image quality. The kit lens seems to be a bit brighter at the same exposure in the same conditions. The 50/3.5 has a flatter focal plane at 1:2. The Tamron 60/2 and Sony 30/2.8 1:1 Macros are sharper with better contrast.
reviewer#12160 date: Mar-5-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:M 50/1.4
Sigma 105/2.8
Tamron 90/2.8
price paid:100 USD
positive:Sharp! From opened diaphragm and my exemplar sharp even at corners!
negative:no, except 1:2
comment:Sharp! Lightweight, compact, sharp with an open aperture. Excellent color. No CA.
reviewer#12149 date: Feb-26-2015
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50/1.4
Minolta 50/1.7
Sigma 70/2.8 Macro
price paid:150 USD (used)
positive:very sharp (center)
vivid, pleasant colors,
good AF,
lighweight,
no distortions
negative:F/3.5 only,
soft at corners (FF)
comment:Colors are pleasant and saturated, esp. in macro shots. More impressive than colors of Sigma 70/2.8. Good lens for close-up (1:2) and architecture shots. The weak point of this lens is low image quality at full-frame corners - F/8 needed to obtain good peripheral sharpness.
reviewer#12148 date: Feb-24-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Any other lens I have ever used, including Z. Planars, pale in comparison.
price paid:$100.00
positive:Sharp. Did I mention sharp?
negative:Nuttin. High ISO's eliminate need for the f2.8 version.
comment:This lens is the perfect 75mm walkaround with APS-C cameras. As a portrait lens, the "soft" features of the A57 make this lens sing. It stays on my camera 99% of the time. The recessed optics of this lens act as a sun shade as well. If you can find one, buy it.
reviewer#11966 date: Aug-31-2014
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Sigma F/2.8 90mm Macro
- Soligor F/3.5 100mm ("Plastic Phantastic")
- Minolta Rokkor MD Macro F/3,5 50mm
price paid:150 Euro (mint)
positive:- extremely sharp
- Minolta colors
- solidly built
- small and light
negative:- 1:2 only
- wish it were a bit faster
comment:A little marvel of a lens with a very nice haptic feeling. Even for regular, non-macro photography I prefer it over the Minolta AF F/1.7 50mm. It is really very, very sharp (much better than my MD Rokkor), has a fine micro-contrast and very good colors.
reviewer#11751 date: Apr-1-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 90 2.8 macro
Macro and 50mm on Maxxum 35-70 4 & 35-105 3.5/4.5
Maxxum 50 1.7 RS
price paid:$125 USD
positive:Sharp!
Compact for a macro
negative:Only 1:2 max magnification on FF
Slow max aperture for a prime
comment:Great little lens! slightly cooler color than first-gen Maxxum glass, but still excellent. This replaces my 50 1.7 on any daylight outing, due to its superior sharpness and macro capability. I haven't compared it to other Minolta macro lenses, but it has pretty much ousted my Sigma 90 from the small bag (the Sigma still has a place in the backpack, or when I am specifically doing macro work that needs longer working distances).
reviewer#11320 date: Aug-23-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro (272EM)
Vivitar/Cosina AF 100mm F/3.5 MC Macro
Minolta AF 50mm F/2.8 1:1 Macro
price paid:£78.66 (used)
positive:Price
IQ
Weight
Colour and bokeh
Build quality
Short MFD
negative:Nothing of consequence
comment:Even at 1:2 reproduction, this is a superb quality lens that produces tack sharp colourful images with buttery smooth bokeh. A compact lightweight macro/portrait prime. At 50mm, it's quite short in terms of macro lenses which I think are best between 90mm-105mm and 1:1 reproduction, but it's still an excellent lens for the price. A real pleasure to use.
reviewer#11156 date: May-31-2013
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:MAF's 50 1.4; 1,7, 2.8 Macro
price paid:130 EUR (used)
positive:Great lens, very sharp and very good Macro, not heavy, well build. Great colours. Nice bokeh.
negative:Very rare and hard to find. Only 1:2 ratio.
comment:Very nice and rare lens. I used it for flowers mostly and small objects photography.
I sold due to a bit short for me range it and changed for MAF 50 2,8 metal prime lens (even more sharpen one I have).
reviewer#10054 date: Mar-23-2012
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Carl Zeiss 16-80
Minolta 28-105 RS
Minolta 35 F2 RS
price paid:140 USD (Mint)
positive:-Deep colors
-Sharp stopped down
-Well built, light
-Good working focusing distance
negative:-Need to be stopped down to be sharp
-Some CA wide open
comment:This is my first macro so I don't have another to compare it to. Comparing it against my 35 F2 is probably not fair as the 35 is stunningly sharp. However the macro outperformed my CZ1680 at 50mm, which is pretty impressive. What I really like is the rich colors, which is more saturated than my other lenses. Also I wouldn't consider this lens that rare as I seen far more examples than lets say the F2 series.
reviewer#9910 date: Feb-10-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:minolta 70-210mm
minolta 34-85mm
minolta 28mm
price paid:70 usd
positive:sharp lens, light and compact but its built quality is superb.
negative:1:2 f3.5 still its a good macro lens...
comment:highly recommended lens. its cheap and it gives you a very nice minolta color.
reviewer#9759 date: Jan-5-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100mm f2.8 Macro RS
Minolta 35-105mm (Old)
price paid:120€ (used)
positive:SHARPNESS
compact and lightweight
quick AF for a macro
Cheap (but very rare!)
Distortion
negative:Ratio 1:2
f3.5 only
comment:ratio 1:2 and f3.5 max : it is specs !! So I knew it before to buy it !!! So it is not real negative points.

I like to use that lens for portraiture. I also have the 100mm Macro but often it is too long. 50mm is better for me.

For macro, yes it is only 1:2, so if I really need to do it, I use my 100mm Macro.
reviewer#9716 date: Dec-25-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50/1.7RS, MD50/3.5 MACRO.
price paid:99 Funtów
positive:Właściwie wszystko.
negative:Nie widzę jak narazie.
comment:Bardzo dobry, bardzo ostry obiektyw macro. Co prawda tylko 1:2 ale do kwiatków to wystarcza a przecież zawsze można podpiąć pierścienie dystansowe jak zajdzie taka potrzeba.
reviewer#9652 date: Dec-1-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:AF 35-105 Old
AF 70-210/4
Sigma 17-35 2.8-4
price paid:180€
positive:extremly sharp
small
lightweight
fast af for a macro
negative:nothing till now.
comment:Sharpest lens i own, even though my copy of the 35-105 is extremly sharp.
reviewer#9645 date: Nov-29-2011
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 90mm Macro
Sony 30mm Macro
price paid:100 GBP (s/h)
positive:Its rare but cheap
well built
Fairly sharp
negative:Not a true MACRO 1:2
Not quite the best MACRO lens in the world as the current rating would suggest
comment:This is a fairly hard to find lens, well built and fairly cheap (I paid 100 pounds s/h this year). Its pretty sharp from 3.5, good colours, AF is relatively fast... BUT I don't think it quite deserves the high rating it gets here - both the Tamron and Sony macro lenses I have are as sharp if not sharper and are true 1:1 macros vs the 1:2 of this lens. Nevertheless, if you can find one fairly cheap its a great, small lens to have in your bag.
reviewer#9614 date: Nov-21-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:MAF 50 f/1.7
price paid:130 Euro (used)
positive:excellent sharpness, Minolta color's
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#9455 date: Sep-29-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 70 f2.8 Macro
Minolta 50 f2.8 Macro
price paid:150 GBP mint
positive:Razor sharp
Colour - Minolta !!!
IQ
negative:Only 1:2
Rare
comment:Compared to 2 of the sharpest lenses I have ever used, this appears to be sharper!!

Unbeatable IQ for the price. A must have for Minolta fans.

Also a superb portrait and walkround lens.

If you see one, buy it.
reviewer#9259 date: Jul-26-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 105mm Macro, Sony 50 1.4
price paid:180 USD used
positive:SHARP, SHARP, SHARP. Auto focus is quite fast for a macro lens, small and light, cheap
negative:A little plastic for my taste, Macro 1:2
comment:I didnt bought this lens for macro photography, I mostly do street photography, and I was looking for a very sharp 50mm lens. I ask in the lens forum wich will be the best 50mm that could bring the sharpeness and microcontrast of my other lenses (Minolta 200mm G HS, Minolta 85mm G, Zeiss 135, STF) and the winner was this lens. I'm glad I ask, now my Sony 50 1.4 stays at home
reviewer#9184 date: Jun-27-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50mm F2.8
price paid:200 (Like New)
positive:Razor sharp, build quality, focusing on A580, amazing color.
negative:1:2 reproduction
comment:I was going to buy the well regarded 50mm F2.8 instead, but then I found this little gem for about the same money but in like new condition. Since this lens was introduced as a cheaper (and lesser quality) alternative to the F2.8, I hesitated to buy it. I'm glad I did. Everything is well controlled and the glass is sharp and produces beautiful, distortion free, colorful images.

This lens is amazing. Super sharp (if F2.8 is sharper, I seriously must have it). I figured, I can get the F2.8 at anytime since there are plenty of them around. This one hardly comes around and rarely in "like new" condition - had to buy it and absolutely love it!

If you find one - BUY IT, DON'T THINK TWICE!
reviewer#9170 date: Jun-22-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:MAF 50 2,8 and MAF 100 2,8, Sigma 50 2,8 and Sigma 90
price paid:135 EUR
positive:extremely sharp! much sharper than MAF 50 2,8 and 100 2,8 light-weight
negative:difficult to find second hand, only Macro 1;2, not produced anymore, rare!
comment:Best Minolta Macro lens! Extremely sharp and useful. Good minimum distance, good real Minolta bokhey, and real colors, light weight. Difficult to find on second hand market. Worth its price, but very rare. If you have chance take it immediately, will not dare it.
reviewer#8923 date: Apr-14-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28mm f/2
Minolta 35-105 3.5-4.5
Minolta 35mm f/2
Minolta 85mm f1.4 G
price paid:$185 KEH
positive:razor sharp
quick AF/ easy manual in Macro
perfect on my a33 for close ebay work
negative:none so far
3.5f fine for outside nature macro.
5.6f for product studio shots
comment:Very similar to my beloved Minolta 35-105 in IQ without the MFD issues...wonderful 3D effect, superb color saturation and contrast and fast AF. A great little lens if the range suits you. Second best glass I own and will stay in my collection. I dont have any experience with the Minolta 50mm 2.8, but if its sharper than this, I want one!

I love this lens and what it can do.
reviewer#8612 date: Feb-3-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 50 f1.8
price paid:180
positive:Ostrzy jak zyleta.Rewelacyjny
negative:None
comment:
missing
reviewer#7911 date: Sep-1-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:230 USD (NEW)
positive:Bokeh

Minolta colors

small and compact

Very very Sharp

amazing photos
negative:Some may say that F3.5 is not good enough and that 1:2 but I don't care. It's still an amazing lens.
comment:I recently purchased this lens for my models and random things I thought that looked cool up close. So far I have enjoyed this lens. I went to my local camera shop who only sale Nikons and canons. I was told that they once had Minolta products a long time ago. So I stopped and asked if they had anything for Minolta/Sony. They searched around and actually found this little guy behind some Canon lenses. The best part of my story is that the lens was still new, in its box with all warranty papers. The lens produces exceptionally great detail photos. The colors are outstanding and I think this is going to be part of my personal collection till I die! Thank Minolta! If you find one of this new or old. I would Highly recommend it!
reviewer#6594 date: Dec-17-2009
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm F2.8
price paid:875 Ringgits
positive:Really really sharp boy
negative:I don't like the front "rubber" zoom ring...
F3.5 not 2.8... give and take so I am okay with it
comment:Bought it from a KL friend since he knew I'm looking for a macro. He lent it to me to go for a 1 week trial shoot before buying. Glad he did, cause now the lens is mine... ha ha ha LOL
reviewer#6362 date: Nov-10-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:M 50 f2.8 macro
M 50 f1.4
M 50 f1.7
price paid:280
positive:extreme sharpness
Classic Minolta colours
compact and light
1:2 is good enough for me
negative:
missing
comment:my favorite fixed focal length lens. At 50mm it is good for potrait and studio macro.

It is as sharp as the M 50 f2.8 macro but about $100 cheaper. I don't think there are any lens that is sharper the the 50mm F3.5 marco at its price range.

AF is fast and accurate. Highly recommeded for close-up work as well as general use.
reviewer#6357 date: Nov-10-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Industar 61 (M42 lens)
Fujinon 55 1.8
Minolta 35-70 F/4
Sony DT 50 1.8
price paid:230 Usd
positive:Sharp enough, absolutely from F5 and no CA or distortion
color
negative:Too sensitive focusing ring- small rotation gives too big effect. That is bad for manual focusing.
comment:Good macro lens. But DT 50 1.8 is better: sharper at corners at aperture 3.5 and have better flare control. Because of that I use this lens only as macro lens.
reviewer#6282 date: Oct-28-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm 1.7
Sony 50mm 1.8 SAM
Beercan 70-210 f4
price paid:300 CDN
positive:Sharp!
Compact
Classic Minolta colours
negative:Can't think of any
comment:Astounded by the sharpness of this lens, even wide open. Took some formidable wildlife photos with this lens. Decent as a short portrait lens too. One of the most beautifully built lenses. Can't wait to try it on a full-frame body.
reviewer#6186 date: Oct-6-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
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price paid:
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positive:Sharpness, Bokeh, Colors, light
negative:Nothing
comment:Should get classic status in my opinion, super sharp with great colors - fab on an A900
reviewer#5797 date: Aug-2-2009
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
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price paid:
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positive:Superb sharpness and colour.
Excellent 3D quality.
Inexpensive.
negative:
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comment:Surprisingly nice 3D quality at f3.5 and f4. Very high resolution thru out.
reviews found: 59    1 2 >>

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 59
  • sharpness: 4.92
  • color: 4.95
  • build: 4.63
  • distortion: 4.95
  • flare control: 4.71
  • overall: 4.83

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