Minolta AF 50mm F1.4 RS A-mount lens review by steve_rolfeca
|steve_rolfeca#3670 date: Jun-4-2008|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony 18-70, 18-250|
Minolta 70-210 F4.5/5.6
Prime lenses on various film cameras over the years- Konica, Cannon, Fuji, Leica
|price paid:||$299 CDN (new)|
Puts user in control of DOF
Attractive portraits made easy
Much sharper than kit zooms
|negative:||Flare and sensor reflections on Sony a200|
|comment:||Nice lens, but frustrating on my DSLR due to flare and sensor reflections, especially when used with filters. |
Side- and rear-lit photos were much improved compared to the kit lenses and my other zooms. Nice colour, quite sharp, resonable contrast, and nice OOF character. AF was much faster and more precise than slower zoom lenses. Manual focus was much easier with such a nice, bright viewfinder image.
Until I tried this lens, I had been quite disappointed by the lack of sharpness from my shiny new a200. With the 50 F1.4, the camera suddenly woke up- stopped down to F2.0, my best shots with this lens aren't far off the best I ever took in my film days.
However, the loss of IQ when shooting towards virtually any light source was a great disappointment. Flare and sensor reflections were evident in the viewfinder, as well as in my images. I'm surprised that more reviewers didn't pick up on this characteristic.
My local store has two brand-new leftovers in stock, and both show the same characteristic, so I didn't just get a bad one.
I still like it as a low-light lens, and probably would have kept it if my budget was more forgiving. In the end, I returned it for a full refund.
I still like the form factor and speed, though, so I will definitely check out the Sony version to see if it's more deserving of a "D" rating.