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

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reviewer#5203 date: Apr-9-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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:Minolta Beercan AF 70-210 1:4
Minolta AF 35-70 1:4
Minota AF 50 1:1.7
Sony (Kit) AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6
price paid:eur 93 with 5000
positive:sharp subject and creamy dreamy backgrounds are a peach to do with this lens
negative:You'll never have any cash if you keeping buying all the good lenses.
comment:If it hadn't had been for the forum, I'd still have been happily using my Sony 18-70 kit lens unaware of other much better lenses that I now own. I may have also bought some lemons had I not taken the reviewers' advice first.

My wife can also blame all you reviewers for talking me into spending the housekeeping on all these older Minolta lenses...

This lens has great Bokeh, and works well in low light. I guess it should with 1:1.7, but I have no experience of anything better than this, and it knocks spots off my other lenses in low light.

This is basically a must have for portrait. However I played around with some close ups of tiny lizards in my garden. When zooming in on ACDSee I could really see how sharp this lens is over the optical zoom of the not so good Sony kit lens. You can almost feel the textures captured by your photo.

As far as portraits go, you will not be disappointed. Even close backgrounds melt away with ease on this. If the Beercan was Minolta's Shakespearean sonnet to the world, this little baby has got to be 17 syllables of Haiku perfection packaged into a short black cylinder with AF stamped on the side.

This might not be a flexible lens comparing with my others, but it has to be the crowning jewel in my collection. You'll not regret anything when you use it in its element, except perhaps of having had to pawn granny's wedding ring to get the cash needed before the bargain got away...

Tip... if money is no object, just buy one at any price. If money is an object, scan Ebay for poorly described camera sets that happen to have this prime as a lens. This proved to me to have saved up to 50 Euro on some of the prices, and I'll be putting the Minolta 5000 body back on Ebay to get a little more of that cash back.

Finally, a huge thanks to all who contributed to the lens reviews. I bought all my Minolta lenses as a result of the advice and tips picked up by reading this great web site. Having found another 2 Sony Alpha users at my workplace, they are now also avidly scanning such reviews to upgrade their kit.
reviewer#5182 date: Apr-7-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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:
missing
price paid:Ł100
positive:Great Bokeh
Price
Use in low light
negative:Have found odd problems with sharpness-probably me though!
In-built lens hood
comment:I am quite new to photography so I don't feel competent to give too much of a technical review. I have found some of my images are a bit soft, but that is probably down to my incompetance.
reviewer#5177 date: Apr-6-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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:A300 Kit lens
price paid:75 US (used)
positive:Cheap
Great Results
negative:None, really.
comment:I am happy I followed the advice from this site and picked one of these up. I had to scout craigslist for the better part of a month, but finally found one for 75 bucks. (when you see it come up for sale, pounce on it)

I am a novice photographer so I can't say anything more technical than what has already been said, I just wanted to say that I am VERY pleased with the results of this lens on my a300.

* I put in all 4s on the ratings, I don't really know much about lenses yet, so don't pay attention to that.
reviewer#5141 date: Apr-2-2009
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:28mm 2.8
100-200mm 4.5
SAL1870
price paid:cheap
positive:So fast compared to the kit lens
Sharp
Good portrait lens - poor man's 85mm 1.4?
negative:None.
comment:For the money, how can anyone complain? I was lucky enough to get two in a bundle of Minolta lens goodness. I'll keep them both.

This is the first lens every Alpha 100/200/300/350 owner should buy.
reviewer#5114 date: Mar-29-2009
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:both kit lens
18-70
75-300
price paid:70.00 USD (used)
positive:fast focus
excellent low light w/ 1.7
small
negative:it was used
comment:I just bought this lens off ebay. It works wonders with my A200 and I can now take candid family photos without blinding them or making them "pose" for indoor shots. I love it!
reviewer#5109 date: Mar-28-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 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:
missing
price paid:Ł12-50
positive:Small
Good value
Sharp
Handy to have in case
negative:
missing
comment:I got this by default really, i got a Minolta 7000 with this on at a second hand market for Ł12-50. So it was a must have really. I am quite impressed with its low light capabilities but i think it will be used for the odd indoor party or portrait work only.
reviewer#5102 date: Mar-26-2009
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:Minolta 100 macro , Sony 24-105, Sony 70-300g , beercan 70-210,
price paid:85 USD
positive:Small , Sharp , Fast focus
negative:Hood is pretty much useless
comment:Great lens, I use it for portraits and when i need a fast lens for availble light
reviewer#5056 date: Mar-19-2009
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:Minolta 35-105/3.5-4.5
Minolta 70-210/4
Tamron 90/2.8
Sony 18-70 kit
price paid:
missing
positive:Small
Lightweight
Minimum focus distance
Great for portraits on APS-C
negative:
missing
comment:Great lightweight walk around lens if you can deal with the fixed focal length. Also a very good cheap low light solution.

Whenever I feel like taking a smaller camera package I remove my VG and just take this lens on an A700.
reviewer#5026 date: Mar-12-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:AF 17-35mm 2,8-4 (D)
AF 24mm 2,8
AF 28-75mm 2,8 (D)
AF 28-85mm 3,5-4,5
AF 28-135mm 4-4,5
AF 35-105mm 3,5-4,5
AF 50mm 1,7
AF 70-210mm 4
AF 75-300mm 4,5-5,6 1st
Tamron AF 11-18 4,5-5,6
Beroflex 400mm 6,3 1st
price paid:50 € (used)
positive:very sharp
size
weight
negative:build-in hood
comment:There is nothing more to say than this is a very good standard prime.
Maybe the f1,4 is a little bit more brillant, but my copy was bad and I've sold it. Now I use the 1,7 and I didn't regret. In my opinion the differences are very, very smallish. On APS-C it is a good portrait lens but for general use it is a little bit to long. You should know what kind of motives you can expect on your walk...
The build-in hood is a joke and I use a modified petal hood from the Dimage A1 so flare isn't a theme.
reviewer#4984 date: Mar-8-2009
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 18-70 kit
price paid:Ł100
positive:sharpness
Brokeh
colours
speed focusing
Low light performance
negative:nothing much so far.
comment:I'm a newbie and only comparing it to the kit lens but this is a real eye opener. The images I have got with this have been superb, even opened right up it is sharp and colours are great.
Our house is an old dimly lit barn but I can snap away and get quality images with no flash no problem.
If you don;t own one of these then I can heartily recommend you get one.
reviewer#4982 date: Mar-8-2009
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 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5
Minolta 50mm f/2.8 macro
M42 normal prime lenses
price paid:80 USD (mint)
positive:colour
contrast
sharp
fast
compact
inexpensive
negative:none
comment:In my opinion, this lens is an excellent autofocus normal prime lens. It can compete with German, Russian and Japanese manual focus normal prime lenses. Nice colours, contrast, sharpness, maximum aperture f/1.7, small and light. With this lens you get more than you pay for.
reviewer#4943 date: Mar-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:
missing
price paid:104(2nd hand)
positive:sharp
nice color
negative:flare is pronouced
comment:
missing
reviewer#4907 date: Feb-25-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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:Minolta 28 2.8
Sony DT 18-70 3.5-5.6
price paid:100.00
positive:Excellent Sharpness
Quick Auto Focus
Color
negative:Lens Flare
Lens Hood
comment:Excellent Lens. A definite must buy for the alpha user. The lens hood is useless for controlling the lens flare, but otherwise it's a wonderful lens.
reviewer#4900 date: Feb-23-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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:SAL1870 kit lens
price paid:110 USD (used)
positive:very fast, sharp, small, light, nice bokeh, cheap
negative:noisy AF, prone to flare, useless hood, hunts in low light
comment:Very good for street photography, low light, and portrait.
reviewer#4894 date: Feb-22-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
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:Cosina 19-35/3.5-4.5
Minolta 70-300/4.5-5.6
Sony 18-70/3.5-5.6
Minolta 28-135/4-4.5
Sigma 70-300/4-5.6 APO II Macro
price paid:~80 EUR Used
positive:Very sharp, fast (both AF and apertude), small and low weight.
negative:Built in hood, not enought when very sunny.
comment:This is my prime, that I use when I'm indoors or have no good light. Use it sometimes for portraits. I do like it and will be a keeper for a long time.
reviewer#4842 date: Feb-12-2009
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:
missing
price paid:Ł150GBP
positive:Small, very fast, light and extremely sharp when used properly. Excellent color like all quality Minolta glass
negative:Nothing bad to say about it!
comment:This is one excellent little lens - I really like it. It's small, fast and has fantastic sharpness when stopped down a little. Good for low light and DOF. Works very well on my A100, gives a little bit of zoom - great for portraits.

I have the collectible crossed-X version (occasionally come up on eBay) - I'll be holding onto it for when I can afford a full-frame Alpha!
reviewer#4825 date: Feb-9-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
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:- 18-70 kit lens
- 16-80cz
price paid:150 euros
positive:- Cheap
- Light-weight
- Very pleasing images under the right conditions.
negative:- Unpleasing images under the wrong conditions.
comment:I was initially very disappointed in this lens because chromatic aberration can be somewhat of a bear to work around and wide open it's not incredibly sharp.

Then I stopped obsessing over detail and started shooting with it and yes, I like this lens. I do generally like its color - that "minolta color" - but you know what? I like the color on the cz16-80 a bit more. In fact I often find myself wanting to make my 50mm/1.7 shots black and white.

In a word, under the right conditions it makes beautiful pictures but I sort of regret not having gotten the Sony 50/1.4 or even the Sigma 50/1.4. The novice in me doesn't like to have to shoot around a lens's limitations.

A word on price: I paid 150 euros on ebay and subsequently saw it in used camera stores for 139. Apparently in the US you can get a better deal on it than here in France.
reviewer#4768 date: Jan-30-2009
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:Every midrange zoome i've tried.
price paid:600 dkr (app. 100 $)
positive:Small, very fast, cheap and extremely sharp used poperly. Excellent bokeh like all quality Minolta.
negative:You have to look at ebay and other 2hand places to find gold like this. The current Sony 1,4 is high priced and a cheap alternative doesn't excists.
comment:This is the "standart" lens for your everyday shots of your friends, family etc. and also an excellent weapon for the serious stuff. Forget about expensive, heavy 2,8 midrange zooms and buy one of these instead.

It's very small and lightweight. A better build quality would make it bigger, heavier and more inconvenient´.

Some say that it's soft before f/2,8 or f/4 which is not really true. It may not be razorsharp, but how can anything be that @ 1,7 - f/2, 50mm on a 1,5 crop? DOF is extremely small. Concentrate and you can get very decent results. I've been thinking an upgrade to the 50 1,4 but hey: why should I? I get excellent results with this one. If it ain't broke...

Can't say anything about flare. Never had any problems or tried to make it flare, so....?
reviewer#4729 date: Jan-22-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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:24 2.8
price paid:40 CAD (Maxxum 5000)
positive:excellent bokeh
good color
light
cheap
negative:Too narrow even for a small group of people. Changing the lens is bothersome.
comment:Great and fun lens
every Minolta or sony owner should own at least one
reviewer#4716 date: Jan-20-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
overall: 3.1
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tam 17-50 (A700)
CZ85 (A700 & A900)
Tam 28-75 (A900)
price paid:150
positive:- Cheap
- Pretty sharp on A700 from about f2 (although much better from f4) around the centre.
- Colours very good for the money.
negative:- Cheaply built (although compares to the Canon/Nikon equivs)
- Not that sharp wide open (but fine for the price)
- Very poor on FF (A900) even when stopped down a little (too much resolution falloff once you leave the centre)
comment:Overall a great value lens for the money on APS-C.
Prone to flare.
Doesn't work so well on FF - the Sony or the Sigma 50mm f1.4 are obviously better options.
reviewer#4657 date: Jan-9-2009
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:Minolta 35-105 f3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70 f4
Minolta 18-70 kit
Sony 18-70 kit
price paid:75 USD (used)
positive:Sharp
Bokeh
Good in low light
negative:Hood
comment:I've had this one a while now. It's the prime everyone should have (unless you have the 1.4). Mine is an early crossed xx version. I've used it on my 5D and my a300 and it is great on both. Now I keep it permanently attached to my 5D. I use it mainly indoors in low light and couldn't be happier.

reviewer#4650 date: Jan-8-2009
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:100$ (bundle, used)
positive:Colors
IQ
Build
Price
negative:Corners a bit soft wide open
Weird hood :)
comment:Nice little bugger, can be found on ebay for less than 100$, alone or bundled with the Maxxum 5000 film body. Wide open, it's acceptably sharp on center and soft in the corners, but being more like a portrait lens on APS-C, that isn't necessarily a nuisance. Very sharp stepped down a bit (f/2.5 or so). Colors are, well, what we're used to see from a '85 Minolta and the build is good, with a recessed front element. The integrated hood looks pretty useless and prone to jamming, oh well, guess it's better than nothing :). The RS (restyled) version has a better focus ring (a bit larger and with rubber on it) but optically, I believe it to be pretty much the same.
All this being said, I would definitely recommend it; you get more than you pay for.
reviewer#4648 date: Jan-8-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
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:- Minolta 50mm f/2.8 Macro RS
- Minolta 28-70mm f/2.8 G
- Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Vario-Sonnar T*
price paid:
missing
positive:- Relatively cheap
- Light weight
- Center quite sharp at f/1.7
- Recessed front element (which practically requires no protective filters)
negative:- Only available on used market
comment:Considering the low cost, light weight, and excellent performance, this is a must have for every Minolta/Sony user.

It's quite cheap comparing with its cousins (Minolta/Sony f/1.4). The light weight and small size make it a very portable walk-around lens. The build is solid although nothing to rave about. Flare can be a problem sometimes, so don't shoot directly into the sun!

The center is quite sharp at f/1.7 although the border appears to be a bit soft. But one is unlikely to care the sharpness of borders anyway, especially when shooting wide open (most likely for low light portrait). Stopping down to f/2.2-2.8 improves the border sharpness. Color and bokeh are typically Minolta-ish, simply great!

Overall an excellent lens for portrait or low light situation without the use of a flash. Highly recommended!
reviewer#4647 date: Jan-8-2009
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:50 1.4 minolta
50 1.4 sony
price paid:50 CAD
positive:very good lens for the price
sharp
good under low light
negative:nothing bad to say, the 1.4 is slightly nicer
comment:
missing
reviewer#4633 date: Jan-5-2009
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:Minolta 50 1.7
Minolta 24-50 4
price paid:80 Euro
positive:Sharp
Fast
Light
Cheap
Build
Good for portraits
negative:Lens hood?
comment:Bought them (50 1.7 and 28 2.8) without knowing there was a built in lens hood (discovered it by accident) but i don't really use it....although be careful for flare!
It's a simple good/fast/light/alround lens altough on APSc sized camera's a bit big but still very usable on my A100 indoor shooting my sons (without being afraid they'll damage it).
Not too expensive but a very sharp prime (beginners prime!!)
reviewer#4626 date: Jan-4-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
price paid:100
positive:Great deal
Sharp
Fast
negative:Useless hood
It being a prime obviously limits the range
comment:Great lens that allows you to be creative with the DOF. Great for portraits and low-light work!
reviewer#4515 date: Dec-9-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6
price paid:$81 USD (used)
positive:Good bokeh
Good portrait lens
Fast enough for indoor low ISO shooting, and even faster when ISO is bumped
negative:Focusing with A900 hunts indoors sometimes
Colors seem a little flat, and I had to bump the contrast on the camera up a notch.
comment:It's a great overall lens for someone learning photography like I am. It teaches you a lot about focusing correctly, and controlling the DOF. This lens can keep a pretty shallow depth of field even when stopped down to f5 or smaller. Definitely different than the kit lens at 50mm. I have been having a lot of fun with the lens, and can't wait to take some outdoor photos when the weather gets better here in Michigan

I have now taken a few shots with the A850 and this lens, and WOW, it really comes to life in terms of sharpness and details captured. My numbers have been revised now that I have used this with the A700 and A850.
I have no desire for a 50/1.4 lens at this time. The perfect tradeoff between bokeh and sharpness is at f/2.2, if you want it to be VERY sharp, then stopping down to f/2.8 will get you that.
reviewer#4512 date: Dec-9-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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 50/1.4
Sony 18-70/3.5-5.6
Sony-Zeiss 50/1.4 ZA
price paid:99 USD used
positive:Small and light
Cheap
Quite sharp
negative:Not sharp wide open
Sony doesn't make one?
comment:My first prime lens, purchased in North America in spring 2007.

Same size than the 50/1.4 but a bit lighter since there's less glass.

A good portrait and low light lens, though it's too "tele" on APS-C for me.

I still think such a cheap and small lens is to be own by anybody, especially beginners. It's indeed an excellent way to fully use the potential of a dSLR in terms of DOF control, sharpness over kit lenses etc.

Also I don't find it really sharp when shooting at infinity.

2017 comment: I used this lens plenty on the A900 and a99 without issue. Using it wide open is possible but requires good focusing (easier with EVF & magnification).
The lightness of this lens is still an advantage considering it has few A-mount equivalent except the origina f1.4 lenses.
reviewer#4446 date: Nov-28-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 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:Sony 135STF
Tamron 90/2.8 Macro
Sony 18-70
Sony 70-200/2.8G
Sigma 12-24
price paid:120EUR (second hand)
positive:size & weight
colours
well build
quick AF
negative:useless lens hood
could have been sharper
comment:Very useful little lens. Compact and light enough to carry around in your pocket, this makes it an ideal lens for when you want to travel light or shoot somewhat discrete.
reviewer#4365 date: Nov-12-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
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:Minolta 50/2.8 macro
Minolta Rokkor MD 50/1.7
Minolta 85/1.4G
Sony 35/1.4G
price paid:60 EUR
positive:Sharp
Compact
Internal hood
Good for manual focus
Cheap
negative:Strong problems with flare.
Slow AF
comment:Good for film (but manual Rokkor was much better).
I had change it to 50/2.8 macro.
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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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