Minolta AF 50mm F1.4 RS A-mount lens review by ABramley

reviewer#2540 date: Jul-12-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 1.7 RS
Minolta 58 1.2 MC Rokkor-X
Minolta 35 2 RS
Sigma 20 1.8 RS
Minolta 70-200 4 @ 70
Sigma 18-125 @ 50
price paid:Ł125 (mint)
positive:Dreamy bokkeh
Surest AF out of all my lenses
Smooth manual focus ring
Not too expensive!
Very sharp from f2 onwards
Good sharpness from f1.4
Centre pinch lens cap
55mm filter thread, like just about all my other lenses
negative:Availability (lack of)
No D flash encoding
Soft corners on FF at f8
comment:Bought as an upgrade to the 50 1.7RS, which I loved. Well worth the extra Ł50odd. Better AF, sharper than the 1.7 at 1.7, sharp enough to make f1.4 useful (although nothing compared to the 35/2 wide open), very, very sharp from f2 onwards. Very sure & fast AF, excellent build quality. Beautiful bokkeh, only slightly beaten by the excellent 58 Rokkor-X conversion.

On the a900 the story is the same - acceptably sharp from f1.4, bitingly sharp stopped down except for the extreme corners, where my CZ 24-70 does better. Good combination - this weighs nothing like the CZ does.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 37
  • sharpness: 4.64
  • color: 4.84
  • build: 4.70
  • distortion: 4.89
  • flare control: 4.30
  • overall: 4.67
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