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

reviewer#35785 date: Mar-2-2017
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.4 manual EF Canon mount on a metabones adaptor.
price paid:268 Aus, used.
positive:Sharp but no razor even at f1.4 on an a7RII. More than adequate though in my opinion. At f2 it's up there with anything I've seen.
Autofocus works fast on the LA-EA4 A to E Mount adaptor.
Colours are sensational.
Bokeh at f1.4 is spectacular
negative:None
comment:A great lens from a era when manufactures were dedicated to quality. My copy was made in 1998 and mint condition. I've recently swapped from Canon to Sony and retained my Canon and Zeiss lenses. It's hard to justify buying a new 50mm f1.4 when there's vintage quality like this.
The colour rendition of the Minolta 50mm f1.4 lens is wonderful and something that pixel peepers should keep in mind, it's not all about sharpness.

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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