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

reviewer#2753 date: Sep-17-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:35-70/4
price paid:200 Euro (used)
positive:Very fast
negative:A little soft full open.
AF can be fooled
comment:This lens has been a challenge to me. I spend a whole evening checking for back focus and came to the conclusion that everythin was OK, but at F1.4 there is not much depth of field ;-). Sometimes I'm not sure where it decides to focus, so I go MF more often with this lens. The shallow depth of field can make you very creative on the other hand. I find it quite soft full open, but at F2 its pretty sharp, I think. All in all, I like it...

Update : AF Works perfectly on A700...:-)

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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