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

reviewer#26525 date: Mar-17-2016
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:MIN50F17
MIN50F17RS
MIN50F14
SAL-50F18DT
MIN50M28 Macro
MIN50M28RS Macro
MIN50M35 Macro
price paid:£105.00 (used)
positive:Lightweight
Ultra sharp image quality (IQ)
Excellent construction
Buttery smooth bokeh
Ergonomic design
Classic Minolta colour rendition
Best in it's class
negative:Nothing I can think of (yet)
comment:Where do you start? It's a phenomenally good bit of kit and delivers superb quality results in spades. Like the MIN50F17RS, the body is built from high grade plastic and has a very nice ribbed rubber focus ring, though this lens had a lens hood.

The nearest of all the 50mm prime lenses that produces similar results are both the MIN50F28 and MIN50F35 Macro lenses which make for a much better option to the standard metal/glass kit model.

I've never used or owned this lens model before and I can now understand what all the hype is about unlike some other models I can think of.

The colours, bokeh, sharpness and overall construction is first class and it's also very ergonomically designed. Coupled with it being lightweight, it's one of THE BEST lenses from the extensive Minolta back-catalogue and IMO, is best in it's class, though the SAL-50F14 is it's replacement model which I've not used so I cannot make any direct comparisons.

This is definitely one lens I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a top 50mm prime, though either of the Minolta 50mm Macro lenses would also be a great choice.

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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