Minolta AF 50mm F1.7 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#10225 date: May-20-2012
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 18-55 kit lens
minolta 28 2.8
minolta 70-210 3.5N
price paid:80 USD
positive:sharp wide open and sharper stopped down.
size.
price.
love the colors.
1.7!
negative:the lens hood is plain silly.
maybe a little soft around the edge.
range is kinda akward on aps-c
comment:There is sooo much to love about this lens. it's size, it's sharpness, it's price, it's color. . .sigh. It has a special something to it, a bit of indescribable pixie dust. LOL it is the lens that spends the most time on my a33, that and my min 70-210 f3.5-4.5N. I realize there might be newer lenses with better coatings but for the price i can't complain. It's just plain fun.
yes the lens hood is a joke but flaring really only happens in extreme situations but it does happen. CA is always a small concern with any older lens and this isn't an exception, but it hardly distracts from the awesome parts of this lens. and DOES NOT distract from the IQ and image making!
It's an awesome indoor lens, great portrait lens, rad for weddings and the like. but also good for fine art and street shooting. it has a fun sort of range, it takes a little bit of getting used to. and it's not truly "normal" on an aps-c. but who cares? take some shots!!
reviewer#10219 date: May-17-2012
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:55.00
positive:Very Very impressed! love this little guy. the price was perfect for my budget and wasnt expecting much for the price paid, even with the hype of this lens! wow is what i got!
negative:None
comment:Get one!
reviewer#10205 date: May-15-2012
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:2USD (fleet market)
positive:Wonderful portrait lens!
negative:
missing
comment:I will never sell this lens, even though its seldom used by me. Often I have a zoom lens mounted which is more flexible for use, for product photography or portraits this however is wonderful!
reviewer#10154 date: Apr-28-2012
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 AF 28-35 f3.5-f4.5
Minolta AF 100-200 f4.5
Minolta AF 70-210 f4
price paid:20 USD
positive:Absolutely a tack sharp lens with the magic Minolta colors.
Light weight.
Quick focus.
negative:None
comment:This lens was a local purchase that was part of a camera, 2 lenses, and case for $40. The first pictures I took with this lens were impressive for both sharpness, color, and bokeh. On my APSC camera it is an equivalent 75mm and I use it now for portrait work as well a lightweight walk around lens. This lens convinced me to look at other primes which currently I cannot afford. This lens is a keeper and I would highly recommend it's purchase. They are still available in excellent condition for under $100 on eBay and fits my criteria for lenses better than the kit lenses for $100 or less!
reviewer#10129 date: Apr-20-2012
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:Sigma 24mm f1.8
Minolta 35-105mm f3.5-4.5
Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3
price paid:100 USD (used)
positive:Sharpness when stopped down a bit
Max. aperture
Lightweight
Minolta colors
Solid build
negative:Haziness at f/1.7
Useless hood
Focus ring
comment:When I take my camera with one lens attached for walkaround shots, this is the primary lens I choose. Indoors I tend to use the 24mm Sigma, the 50mm is a bit too tight on APS-C.

There were some AF problems with my a230, but I think they're gone now with the a700.
reviewer#10123 date: Apr-16-2012
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:sony 50 1.8
price paid:113 usd
positive:Super cheap lens
nice range on aps-c
good minolta color
sharp enough at f 2.5
fast focus
negative:none at this price
comment:to be honest it is nearly the same as sony 50 f1.8
minolta produce better color.
but the sony lens have 8 contact which mean that could give distance data to camera to control flash.

I prefer Minolta over sony simply because of it's look, since the performance are equal.

I'm looking forward to upgrade to minolta 50 1.4, but the price is double !
reviewer#10084 date: Apr-4-2012
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:50.00 USD (used)
positive:In one word, WOW. Absolutely tack-sharp with gorgeous color wonderful bokeh and really snappy AF
negative:None I can think of.......
comment:My first prime lens, I bought this along with a mini beercan off of Goodwill's auction website for just 50$. Needless to say I wasn't expecting much, but once it arrived and I popped it on for a few snaps...let's just say I was left speechless. The razor sharp images even in low light, gorgeous bokeh and the beautiful color.....talk about alot of bang for the buck!
Sony users, if there's any lens out there that's a must have for your collection, this is IT.
reviewer#10056 date: Mar-24-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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:Sal 50f18
price paid:
missing
positive:Hood
negative:Vignetting
Soft
Haze
comment:I have had 2 of those. Very soft open, and aweful vignetting. If you shoot APS go for the new Sony, it is so much better. Furthermore, my Sony a230 can not focus the lens reliably, but even when it is focused well, it is so unsharp wide open.
reviewer#10031 date: Mar-17-2012
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 50 1.4 RS
Minolta 35 2
Minolta 17-35 2.8
Minolta 100 2
price paid:25.00 CAN
positive:Fast
Sharp
Very Small
3-D Images
Solid Build
negative:Nothing at all
comment:The copy I have now is a jewel. I pain $25 in MINT condition and it quickly became my number one lens. It is tack sharp and some of my better pictures have come using this lens. The 50 1.4 RS was better in many aspects but there was no need for the double focal length. I've had a 35 2 and a 100 2 which I have both since long sold but I will never part with this. These can be found readily available in excellent condition for a great price. Its really worth it's weight in gold. Here is a link to my favorite image by far taken with the 50 1.7.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/74135471@N07/6988780045/in/photostream
reviewer#10022 date: Mar-12-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.7
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 16-50 f2.8 - Sigma 50-150 f.28
price paid:£150
positive:Cheap, easy to find
Nice colours
negative:Showing its age, compared to modern glass
comment:The Kurt Munger review of this lens is pretty much spot on.

This lens has a really beautiful colour. However, its issue's are 2 fold. Firstly, it has veiling haze at f1.7 & a slight bit of outlining on highlights which is gone at f2.2. However, the aperture blade shape starts to show up at this point onwards.

The Sony 16-50 f2.8, whilst not 'drawing' quite as well at 50mm, has a more pleasing rounded shape to the bokeh, especially at f3.5.

The Sigma 50-150 doesn't have quite as good colour as the Sony & Minolta lenses, and the 50mm setting is more like 55mm, however its Bokeh at f2.8-f3.5 is more pleasing than either the Sony at 50mm/3.5 or the Minolta at f2.2 and it has minimal haze at f2.8, whereas the Sony has no haze at f2.8.

Its a tough call with this lens then, because the rendition of the images is great in terms of colour, but a little hazy. I personally don't like haze, and prefer the more modern lenses. That doesn't mean to say I'll ever get rid of this lens, it has its charms, from time to time.
reviewer#10021 date: Mar-12-2012
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:SAL35F18
SAL50F18
SAL55200
SAL1855
Minolta 24-85RS
price paid:70 CAD (used)
positive:good color
pretty sharp
good for portrait
negative:CA
inconsistent color with AWB
comment:Got this lens in a bundle (with Maxxum 7000, Image MC 75-200, flash, bag and tripod) all for 70. The lady sold to me was moving and just want to get rid of it. The lens had some finger prints and some wears. But does take pretty good portraits compared to 35f1.8 which I found in some situation the pictures are too distorted for my liking. Wide open is not as sharp as 35f1.8. This lens is smaller than both the 35F1.8 and 50F1.8.

I had 50F1.8 first then returned after I got 35F1.8 but still missed for portraits since it has less barrel distortion than 35F1.8. Although 55-200 is pretty good for portraits and has most pleasant color to me but it is not bright enough in some situations.

The 50/1.7 is usable at 1.7 and good at 2.0. The color is better than both 50/1.8 and 35f1.8 in my opinion (warmer and more colorful). Color and image is better than 24-85 as well. As a side note the Image MC 75-200 is not too bad, pretty sharp wide open, but has distortion at long end.
reviewer#10019 date: Mar-10-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:Takumar SMC 50mm f1.4
Sony 35mm f1.8
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8
price paid:$60 usd (used)
positive:good sharpness & colors. Excellent prime. Cheap and easy to find.
negative:Not my favorite lens
comment:This is a lovely lens, great for portraits or any type of shooting where you don't need zoom. Colors are nice, quite sharp, minimal distortions. Good indoors, although it's often not wide enough on an APSC camera to use in tight spaces. Plus it's cheap. You can't find a better bargain lens for the alpha system. In my opinion, everyone should own a good, fast prime lens, and this is probably the best-bang-for-the-buck fast prime you can find as long as you find a good used copy.

Having said all this, I don't use it too often. If I want to shoot with a prime, I'm more likely to use the Sony 35mm (just a bit wider, closer to normal on APSC) or to use my SMC Takumar. Shooting with a Takumar is a very tactile and pleasurable experience. This Minolta is a nice lens, but it doesn't "feel" as nice to use, although it always gives excellent results.
reviewer#10018 date: Mar-10-2012
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:KM 18-70
SONY 18-70
M 100-200/4,5
price paid:80 USD (used)
positive:- price :)
- sharpness (when hits the focus)
- that special "pop" in photos, which set lens does not really have
negative:- not 100% accurate focusing, especially in middle distances
- in my opinion, slower focus
- becomes sharp from f2,5 onwards (well, it is somehow not that surprising)
comment:I gave it 4 for sharpness, because it often does not hit the focus as accurate as intended. The reason is (I think) it´s slower focusing on my 5D, as well as higher aperture, but this thing can sometimes be really annoying.
Otherwise, for the money paid really a gem. The output has that kind of "real photo" feeling.
As the flare is often mentioned, I try to use it in a creative way, so yes, there is, but for me it is more in the plus than minus field.
Colors... I like those from 100-200 a little more, but generally, the colors are fine on lcd as well as on prints.
reviewer#9991 date: Mar-4-2012
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:18-70 kit lens
price paid:90 euro (used)
positive:Build
Performance
1.7
Low weight
Small
Exceptional value for money
negative:Can't think of anything
comment:Great lens to have and use frequently! For Low light, indoor, portraits, limited DOF, etc.
reviewer#9906 date: Feb-9-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:Sony SAL1855
Minolta 35-105 macro
price paid:100 USD (like new)
positive:Small and Light
AF speed
Luminosity
Good quality
Super sharp
negative:Noisy
Buit hood
comment:This is a superb prime from old days, the color is amazing, the AF is fast and precise, just a little noisy. My copy is super sharp, but not as sharp as my KM 35-105 macro. Wide open it can produce a very good sharp image, and it gets better above f/2. If you find one get it, no doubt. I´m super happy with mine.
reviewer#9834 date: Jan-23-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 own this lens
compared to:35/1.4G
Zeiss 16-35/2.8
price paid:GBP 80 used
positive:Build quality
Cheap
Useful
Colours and bokeh
negative:FLARE FLARE FLARE
Did I say flare?
Ghosts too!
comment:I really like this lens. Build quality is indestructible, sharpness and colours are really great.

But flare, ghosting and washing out the image are a big problem. You can use them artistically - low angle sun coming through trees etc can look great, but for a lot of things it's a total pain.

Don't even think about having flash, bright streetlamps or the sun in your image if shooting wide open.

I also find performance CONSIDERABLY better at f2 rather than f1.7, so I basically treat this as an f2 lens.

At f4 it is brilliantly sharp. No complaints at all.

I'm happy, and every full frame user (or even aps-c user) should own a cheap 50mm. It does the job well if you're aware of limitations.
reviewer#9815 date: Jan-18-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:18-55 DT
minolta 35-105
beercan
price paid:about 150 USD (used
positive:cheap
1,7
light and small
very funny
negative:some back focus... but I'm being picky
comment:Well, my first prime. I acquired this lens because is was a good deal and I wanted some low light lens and I thought it would be a good portrait lens. I didn't used all that much at first manly because after this I put my hands in a "beercan" and I use more the zooms. But then I had the chance to use this in a night walk by the beach and it was very funny and I'm starting to use it more and more...

it works great in doors when you don't want to use flash and
outside in low light... it challenges your creativity. It has a nice bokeh... I prefer the one of the beercan, but this is really nice to...

a keeper...
reviewer#9813 date: Jan-18-2012
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:
missing
price paid:120 USD (used)
positive:- Cheap
- F1.7
- Build quality
negative:- Soft at 1.7
comment:Soft at 1.7 and need to step down until 2.2 for good sharpness. Trade it as low usage.
reviewer#9768 date: Jan-8-2012
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:
missing
price paid:70.00
positive:- fast
- sharpness
- bokeh
negative:- little flare at times
- soft wide open
comment:This is my first Minolta lens and it couldn't be better. I read that it's a classic and all of the hype about this lens is true. I have a cross x copy.

It is true that it's soft wide open, but the center is very sharp. I typically use it as the f/2.8 sweet spot for really sharp photos with great DOF. Highly recommended.
reviewer#9637 date: Nov-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:
missing
price paid:USD 100
positive:Sharp, nice bokeh and minolta colour.
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#9636 date: Nov-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:
missing
price paid:USD 100
positive:Sharp, nice bokeh and minolta colour.
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#9628 date: Nov-26-2011
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 50 1.4 HSM$
Minolta 50 2.8 Macro
price paid:90 CHF
positive:Sharp
Light
Cheap
Colour
negative:None really
comment:I just bought this to compare to the sigma 1.4 and I have to say in low light there is little difference between the 2. The sigma is probably sharper for portraits but you cannot beat minolta colours.
reviewer#9625 date: Nov-25-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:GBP80
positive:Solidly built
Stylish
Quick
negative:Prone to flare
Lens hood more of an afterthought
Colour little light
comment:I do like this lens, great for portraits. Fast to focus.

Downside is that it seems prone to flare and the inbuilt hood is flimsy and you need to remember to deploy each time. Colour is a little on the light side.

The f1.7 gives much more control but you have to take care as close images need to be precisely focussed. The lens does not suffer amateur usage.

The rest is pretty much well known, a great lens to have for quick snaps.
reviewer#9622 date: Nov-25-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma EX 2,8 105mm Macro
price paid:used 100 EUR
positive:- quick AF
- fast (F 1.7)
- at a camera with crop factor an ideal portarit lens
- sharp
negative:color is a little to low
comment:It is one of my fav. lenses. It is fast, quick, light, and super sharp. I just love it. And in combination with a crop (APS-C) camera it is a wonderful portrail-lens.
reviewer#9546 date: Oct-29-2011
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:The RS version,
M42 SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4
M42 SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8
Sony 18-70mm kit lens
etc.
price paid:30 (used)
positive:Sharp, fast, quick focus, versatile 50mm
negative:Slight softness at edges wide open
comment:Most 50-58mm primes are optically great, and this is no exception. In general, I've noticed the f/1.4 lenses often have more character (i.e., issues like halos) than the slower ones, and this lens definitely has the freedom from artifacts seen in many of the better slower lenses. It is a very no-nonsense lens with a classic Minolta look to its images; it reminds me of the 50mm f/1.7 Rokkors on my SRT101 & XK.

There is slight softness at the edges wide open, which gets better stopping down; no other optical issues. Still ok on 24MP. Bokeh are nothing special, but neither are they bad. With 1.5X crop APS-C, this is even more versatile than it was on film; for example, this is great for photos of kids.

Build quality is very good for an AF lens, easily outclassing the kit lens. I also have the RS version, and I think the RS focus ring feels a little nicer, but both are quite usable. The metal mount is still a perfectly tight yet smooth fit on this old lens.

In summary, it is very hard to see any IQ difference between this and my RS version. This was pleasantly cheaper. :-)
reviewer#9526 date: Oct-23-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 18-200mm
Sigma 10-20mm
price paid:100 euro secondhand
positive:centre sharp
cheap secondhand
negative:not so nice on fullframe
comment:If I want sharp images with nice flare I use this baby!
It gives the feeling I am in control of the result of every picture. Colour is cold(er) compaired to my other lenses.
I use this lens on 15% of all my photos taken.
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20-3-2016
I do not like to use this lens on full frame due to colour-contrast lack on A7s
reviewer#9497 date: Oct-13-2011
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 17-70mm DC
Minolta 24-85mm
price paid:25 GBP (second hand)
positive:Sharpness, Minolta colour, build, price
negative:Can't think of any!
comment:What a wonderful lens! My favourite of all I own. A brilliant walkabout lens on a film camera, a fantastic portrait lens on my a700. Very sharp throughout, even at f/1.7. I can't fault this beauty, if you manage to find one for less than 100 GBP I would definitely encourage you to buy it!
reviewer#9472 date: Oct-5-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70/4
Sony 35/1.8 DT
Minolta 20/2.8
Zeiss 135/1.8
price paid:70 BP (used)
positive:focus
sharpness
price
negative:bokeh
comment:One of my favorite lenses, especially for portraits and low light conditions. Until very recent I preferred it over 35/1.8 - I felt that AF was more precise. AF has problem with low light conditions (I believe this to be standard).

Its light, colors and sharpness is great, only problem is the bokeh. its not smooth and when used as low light indoor lenses, I don't like the way out-of-focus light are rendered.
35/1.8 seems to be more sharp wide open but this difference disappear by 2.5.

Update: I ran a small indoor photo session with 50/1.7 and Zeiss 135/1.8 on A55 - its focus its less precise and slower then Zeiss, but acceptable - I tend to shoot 3f/s so loosing 1-2 frames is not a problem. Zeiss colors is way better (bokeh was difficult to assess due to framing). Sharpness was not in the Zeiss league.
Still, it is not a bad lens, especially given the price.
reviewer#9419 date: Sep-15-2011
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:Sony 18-70 Kit lens
Sigma 18-250
price paid:60 usd
positive:- Sharpness
- Small size
- Large aperture
negative:I have to mention that the used copy I have of this lens had issues with the aperture blades sticking, but that's probably just a maintenance issue.
comment:
missing
reviewer#9302 date: Aug-5-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 28 2.8
minolta 50 1.7 rs
price paid:100 euros (used)
positive:Really sharp from 2.2, 2.5-infinity.
Excellent colours
allround performance is superb
negative:af is sometimes a bit slow
the focus distance is not that great.
Flare is annoying sometimes
comment:
missing
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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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