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

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reviewer#4244 date: Oct-14-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
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:
missing
price paid:Ł50
positive:Cheap
negative:
missing
comment:I have no experience of other companies lenses. I use this lens for low light work and 'head' shots and for this purpose it has served me well. Its built very well and gives nice colours.
reviewer#4240 date: Oct-14-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
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:KM 18-70 Kit Lens
Minolta 28-75/2.8
Sony 70-200/2.8G
price paid:60 GBP (used)
positive:Cheap entry to primes.
Low light photography without flash.
Distance scale.
negative:Some bad examples around, don't buy without seeing.
comment:With this being review 180 not sure I can say anything that's not already been said.

Nice portrait lens, bit soft at maximum aperture but this gives a flattering effect to portraits. Excellent in low light, combined with higher ISO on a camera that handles high ISO ok (like the Dynax 5D) you can get stunning shots without flash.

Don't worry about the strange filter size, the front element is so recessed you do not need to worry about a protective filter.
reviewer#4202 date: Oct-10-2008
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 AF50 F1.7
(Minolta AF18-70 F3.5-5.6)
Minolta AF24-85 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF35-70 F3.5-4.5
Minolta AF35-70 F4 Macro
Minolta AF35-105 F3.5-4.5
(Minolta AF28-80 F3.5-5.6)
Sigma AF17-70 F2.8-4
Sigma AF18-200 F3.5-6.3
Sigma AF28-105 F3.8-5.6
Cosina AF28-105 F2.8-3.8
price paid:300 DKK (Used)
positive:Very fast AF.
Sharp.
negative:Crop factor on APS-C.
comment:A very sharp lens that superseed many modern lenses - and this gives thoughts to consider: This lens was originally a "low-cost" kit lens, but today where we tend to have forgotten the old days of prime lenses in favour of zoom lenses, these older standard prime lenses has become much greater alternatives than they probably were considered when originally build... Simply because present days zoom's does not allow as much light to pass and are mostly not as sharp creating a renesance for standard primes when "rediscovered" for their qualities.

Only limitation is the crop factor at APS-C, but as already said by many: A superb lens for portraits and low light.
reviewer#4194 date: Oct-9-2008
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 35-70 F4
price paid:$100
positive:Low light performance
Bokeh
negative:
missing
comment:Great for portraits and low light use.
reviewer#4179 date: Oct-5-2008
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 18-70mm
price paid:Ł60
positive:Inexpensive
Lovely bokeh
Compact
negative:Small focus ring
ineffective retractable hood
comment:I bought this lens because I wanted something fast to use in low light without needing a flash. It makes a great portrait lens, has the best bokeh of any of my several lenses and basically just takes beautiful photos time and time again.

The manual focus ring is very small and positioned right at the end of the lens, making it rather fiddly to use - but this is a minor niggle, since unless the light's really poor, I don't need to manual focus anyway!

Without a doubt, my favourite lens. They're regularly listed on Ebay, generally selling for Ł50-Ł70 and represent a real bargain.
reviewer#4162 date: Sep-30-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:50mm f/1.4 Sony
50mm f/1.4 Pentax Takumar (M42)
price paid:Ł85
positive:Cheap and plentiful
Compact
Sharp at f/2 or so
Good length for conventional portraits
negative:Min focus distance
Old coatings
Inconsistent AF
comment:Plenty sharp enough from about f/2
Sometimes the AF misses the mark - usually backfocuses wide open
This is not a macro lens
Good indoors but beware flare and double check your white balance. Sony 1.4 version seems brighter if a little cooler in colour.

I got a XX version which had seen a lot of action. There are plenty to choose from so you may as well hold out for a mint condition one.

Hood a bit daft and 49mm filter might not suit you.
Very good value for a dedicated portrait lens on a cropped sensor and the wide open softness can be useful and the bokeh is good


reviewer#4130 date: Sep-23-2008
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:Tamron 17-50/2.8
SMC Takumar 50/1.4 (M42)
price paid:100$ /40$ CDN (used)
positive:Amazing Optics
Amazing Bokeh
Price
Fast AF
negative:Useless Hood
comment:Incredible price:quality ratio. Gives the best, smooth bokeh, at least for the price. Easy to find and inexpensive.

An absolute MUST for anyone with an Alpha-mount. Compact, fast, sharp...
reviewer#4115 date: Sep-18-2008
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:Sigma 105mm macro
Zeiss 85mm F1.4
price paid:
missing
positive:Value for money
Fast focus
great colour
negative:Not at its best wide open
comment:Overall not as sharp as the Sigma or Zeiss, but for the money you should own one of these. I would give flare 4.5.

Got mine with a camera, but I will always keep one of these handy. Its also great at concerts!

A bit softer toward the edges, especially wide open, but this seems to help with portraits and where bokeh is important.
reviewer#4100 date: Sep-16-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:T17-50/2.8
M50/2.8
Beercan
price paid:70 USD (Used)
positive:Light weight
Big aperture
cheap
sharp
negative:none
comment:Cheap 50mm big aperture len. with the 1.5x crop factor, this make the len perfect for portrait (~75mm). The big aperture make this len good for indoor.

This len is not as sharp as the macro len, but no comment on it sharpness vs the price.

I have try 4 copy of 50mm/1.7 len. First 3 copy , i can't get a good picture out of it. I got a good copy at the fourth copy.
reviewer#4090 date: Sep-13-2008
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:tamron 17-50, kit lens
price paid:
missing
positive:I like the small size (though it looks like a pimple on my a700) and solid feel of this lens. The color and sharpness are also very good.
negative:I have had some flares, but not a whole lot.
comment:This lens is excellent. This size and focal length are very nice for me for portraits. The speed, for me, is also very good for the price. This lens is a must have if you shoot family or friends indoors. No price is listed as it came with 2 other lenses, camera and flash.
reviewer#4027 date: Sep-2-2008
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 17-70
price paid:80.00 CAD
positive:crsip sharp vibrant small
negative:none as of yet
comment:bought this lens and...forgot about it for awhile when i had my a100, until i put it on my a700. very impressed with how sharp it is especially when used for portraits. now considering other minolta primes, 20, 24 and the 28mm
reviewer#4000 date: Aug-25-2008
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 75-300
Minolta 138 2.8
Minolta 28-135
SONY 18-70
Tamron 24-135
price paid:35 €
positive:Very sharp (espeacilly stoped down)
Very good low light performance.
Price.
negative:Hood
comment:After hearing sow much about this lens i started searching for one.
Got lucky and found one in good state and very cheap.
It´s a good lens but it is my opinion that it´s getting overpriced. It´s not worth the prices i´ve been seeing on Ebay lattely.
Still a very good performer and if you find one for less than 90€ buy it.
reviewer#3956 date: Aug-12-2008
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:AF:
Tokina AT-X 28-70/2.8
Tamron SP AF 17-50/2.8
M42:
SMC Takumar 50/1.4
Mamiya/Sekor 55/1.4 & 1.8
Yashica Yashinon-DX 50/1.7
Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 50/2.8 (Edixa)
price paid:740 SEK (used)
positive:Nice gradation in contrast.
Beautifull colours.
negative:Corner sharpness - might be an even bigger issue on fullframe.
comment:I have the old crossed-x version which features a metall interior and good quality plastic outer barrel. It feels solid and the manual focus is almost as smooth as an old M42-lens. AF is fast and quiet, but I guess it should be even faster considering the type of lens.

Colours are beautifully saturated rather than neutral and contrast is pleasing from f2.8 onward - not excessive but rather "old school" optimized for nice gradation. Bokeh is highly subjective, in this case - smooth, no aperture shapes, slight bright line, no double line. Green bokeh CAs.
There's that glowing/romantic effect fully open, gone by f2.2 - at that setting center sharpness is already good but the corners doesn't catch up until f5.6 on APS-C. Flare is present but doesn't ruin pictures.

It is better than the zooms - the Tamron has it beat on sharpness but the bokeh is not very nice according to my taste (distracting double line issue). Also, the pumped up contrast produces harsh gradation (also a matter of taste).
The Tokina has big issues with flare that affects sharpness and contrast.

The Schneider-Kreuznach is the only prime in this comparison that is softer than the Minolta. The colors of the Yashinon-DX is a bit dull and the Mamiya 55/1.4 has problems with flare that affects sharpness. The rich, saturated colours and the overall pleasing result (plus the convenience of AF and automatic aperture) makes the Minolta 50/1.7 a keeper.
All the other 50s has their specific use. The SMC Tak is always in my bag.

Conclusion:
"You can't go wrong with a 50". The Minolta AF 50/1.7 might not be the best 50 ever made, but, as others have stated - it is a great addition to the bag.
reviewer#3930 date: Aug-4-2008
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 18- 70mm kit lens
Minolta 70 - 210mm zoom
price paid:GBP 46
positive:Sharp
Great build quality
negative:None so far.
comment:Bought this lens for Ł46 from ebay, much sharper than the kit lens and my old zoom. Build quality very good. I think if you can get one for Ł50 or so, it must be worth it.
reviewer#3914 date: Aug-2-2008
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:100 USD (used mint)
positive:great size
great color
great bokeh
ood for indoors/ low light
negative:could probably be smaller, has that front hood area that isn't needed. the hood part that can be pulled out seems cheap and more of a joke than a hood.
comment:Haven't had this lens too long but so far I have really enjoyed it. Bought it with a maxxum 7000 and it was totally worth the money.
reviewer#3910 date: Jul-31-2008
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:18-70mm kit lens
price paid:Ł50.00 (used)
positive:Sharp, sharp, sharp!!
negative:
missing
comment:I've only just got this lens so it's not really a review as such, just "first impressions"....

WOW!!

I can't believe how much better than the kit lens this is.
Have only taken a few trial shots with it so far, but immediately impressed with the sharp crisp images I've achieved.
I'd heard this was a "must have" so the chance came up to get one E-bay, mint condition, unusually listed with a "buy it now" price, so I bought it now!
Will review again once I've explored it a little more.

reviewer#3907 date: Jul-31-2008
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:
missing
positive:Cheap as chips
Great value for money
Light and compact
Decent bokeh, sharpness and colour
negative:
missing
comment:This lens is fantastic value for money, especially if you're starting out. F1.7 means it's one of the cheapest minolta lens out there for low light photography. In the APS-C format, the wide aperature also makes it suitable for potrait and nice bokeh. It is definitely the best lens in its price range.
reviewer#3904 date: Jul-30-2008
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Min 18-70mm
Min 28-70mm G
Tamron 17-50
price paid:Ł45
positive:F1.7
relativly cheap
small/light
pleasant colours
nice bokeh
negative:not as sharp as expected, mainly below F4.0
comment:
missing
reviewer#3879 date: Jul-25-2008
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 used to own this lens
compared to:tam 17-50, minolta 50mm f1.4
price paid:L60
positive:Sharp
great colours
f1.7
cheap
negative:green CA
a little soft below f2
sample variation
comment:Cheap and cheerful way to get a fast prime, great for portraits and arty shots where you want to play with the thin DOF. It's a little soft below f2. CA is generally well controlled but there is some green CA at f1.7-2

The more expensive f1.4 version of this lens is sharper between f1.7-4 with better control of green CA. The main problem of this lens is the sample variation, there are loads of samples which are poor above f2.8 but assuming you've got a decent sample then it's a bargain.

If you're worried about the sample variation consider the sony 50mm SAM, the image quality is a little better with less sample variation but the build and AF speed isn't quite as good as this.




reviewer#3799 date: Jul-3-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 DT 18-70mm F/3.5-5.6 (kit lens)
-Minolta 70-210mm F/3.5-5.6
-Minolta 24mm F/2.8
-CZ 16-80mm F/3.5-4.5
-Nikkor 50mm F/1.8
-Canon 50mm F/1.8
price paid:
missing
positive:-Fast F/1.7
-Good bokeh below 2.2
-Decent sharpness at 2.8, good above it, even excellent at F/8.
-Decent build quality.
-CHEAP
negative:-Not sharp below F/2.8
-Lacks contrast and sharpness at F/1.7
-Range not so useful in a cropped camera.
-Poor minimum focus distance, this results in a extremely poor macro performance.
comment:This lens has a good quality for 63 bucks, but it's definitively overrated, for a 50mm prime it's just decent.

At F/1.7 the bokeh it's quite nice, but lacks sharpness and contrast, the center is decent, but the corners are extremely poor.

At F/2.8 (stopped down) it gets better, the center quality is very high but the corners are just decent, probably a little poor.

At F/5.6 the result it's good, with a excellent center performance and decent borders.

At F/8 it delivers excellent results, it probably outresolves my Sony A200.

However, the 75mm equivalent range it's quite boring, it isn't large enough for being tele, not so good for portrait shots (but it's decent) and lacks the wide feeling from the far more versatile 50mm at film or FF cameras, tough I wouldn't hold my breath for using it with FF cameras, because it's more likely to be soft there.

The build quality is good, but the built in hood is pitiful and funny XD, the focus ring is sometimes uncomfortable, but I don't have big hands.

A decent performer, worst than the Canon and Nikon equivalents I tested with some friends, but far cheaper, overall, a good deal.
reviewer#3795 date: Jul-3-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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:
missing
price paid:110 USD
positive:-Sharp
-Bokeh
-Colour
-Build
negative:-Flare
-Hood
comment:Its a great classic Minolta prime lens - nothing else to say!
reviewer#3788 date: Jul-3-2008
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 28mm F2.8
Minolta 20-75 F2.8
price paid:$90 CAD (used)
positive:Nice build
Sharpness
Bokeh
Cheap when bought used
negative:49mm filter thread
Focusing could take long
comment:This is a great lense and i haven't bumped into any flare in my pictures. I don't usually use it in strong daylight anyways. The bokeh is great and the price is unbeatable. The built in hood is useless and flimsy.
reviewer#3752 date: Jun-24-2008
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:AF50/1.7RS
AF50/1.4
AF100/2
Tam 17-50/2.8
price paid:50 USD (used)
positive:TOP value for the price
Very sharp
Excellent colors
Very fast
Light weight
Simple, sturdy construction

negative:Quality of these older lenses can vary greatly from one to the next.
Could be very slightly faster and sharper, for 10x the price.
comment:Dollar for dollar, this is one of the best values on the used market. The price for individual lenses is up over $125 US these days, but it is still easy to pick this lens up as part of a used 7000 or 5000 package for half that price. For the money you get a lens that is very fast, very sharp, and provides classic Minolta colors.

In comparison shots against the 50/1.7RS, I found little if any difference in performance. In comparing to the 50/1.4, I found that the 1.4 was VERY VERY slightly sharper in the f/2.8-f/11 range. Wide open the 1.4 was actually slightly softer than the 1.7. The only two lenses I've owned that produced meaningfully sharper shots are the 100/2 and the 200/2.8. For the money, I think the 50/1.7 is a 'must have'.

Caveat emptor! The condition of these lenses varies widely, and it's impossible to judge the performance based on outward appearance. Be prepared to buy two, compare them, keep the better and sell the other. Be prepared to possibly have to do this more than once. Rest assured that it will be worth it in the long run.
reviewer#3727 date: Jun-17-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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:50mm minolta macro f3.5
price paid:
missing
positive:small and compact, fast aperture,price
negative:colours very flat,flare,lens hood
comment:this lens is quite good for the money but my copy has very muted colours and the hood is just silly
reviewer#3697 date: Jun-8-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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:It's my first prime, so...
price paid:100€ Used
positive:Incredibly sharp, Fast Focus, Lightweigt
negative:Haven't found any yet
comment:This has become my favourite lens very fast. I love how fast it is, both where light and AF are concerned. And the sharpness is amazing.
Off topic, I was amazed how primes make you approach photography a whole different way from zoom lenses
reviewer#3688 date: Jun-7-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70mm kit
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR DI
Sony 16-105mm f3.5-5.6
price paid:75 USD used
positive:Sharp
F1.7
Great for the price
negative:Built in hood is lame.
Not an ADI lens.
comment:Probably the sharpest lens dollar for dollar.
Prices are really starting to rise on these.
Get one now!

Excellent results f4 - f11.
Very good f2.8 - f4.
Somewhat poor contrast f1.7-2.0
reviewer#3683 date: Jun-6-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 2
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:SAL 18-70
Minolta 70-300
price paid:1000 SEK (preused)
positive:Sharp, light waight, quick AF.
negative:Gives flair and is very sensitive for flair (no hood is mounted)
comment:Overall a good lense, and gives you great colors. Look out for flares in sun light.
reviewer#3673 date: Jun-5-2008
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:K/M 75-300 Big Beercan
K/M 35-70 4
Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
K/M 50 1.7
K/M 70-210 4.5-5.6
K/M 70-210 4 Beercan
K/M 28 2.8
K/M 28-80xi
K/M 28-135 4-4.5
K/M 35-70 3.5-4.5
Tamron 200-400 5.6 LD NEW
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
K/M 80-200 2.8 HS G
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
price paid:40.00USD
positive:sharp
cheap
light
fast
negative:lens hood
comment:It has razor sharpness stopped down. It's colors are beautiful and it is very light and small. The lens hood needs help and the flaring is not a problem as I use it inside almost exclusively. Must have for the price.
reviewer#3652 date: May-31-2008
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)
Minolta 70-210 (Beercan)
Minolta 75-300
Sigma 28-70
Minolta 35-70
price paid:100 €
positive:Sharpness
Build quality
Colors are great
Bokeh
negative:Haven't found anything
comment:This is my very first prime lens,and it immediately blew me away. It is a great lens for portrait shooting, even under very low light conditions.
I really love this one, for me its a keeper.
reviewer#3651 date: May-30-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70
Sigma 10-20
Sigma 70-300 APO
price paid:60 GBP (used)
positive:Small, easy to carry. Focusing fast and accurate. Very low DOF possible. Inexpensive.
negative:Built in lens hood is not very easy to use.
comment:I like this lens it has a nice feel and the images are sharp everywhere. I have not seen any CA at all. On A350 it is a bit long for everyday use but not out of the question. The sliding lens hood is a bit small if you want to to fit a UV filter. It has inspired me to get another Minolta lens which is on its way. The small DOF at f1.7 can be a real issue when you are used to f3.5 max. You have to learn to use it to your advantage.
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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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