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

reviewer#6407 date: Nov-18-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 2
overall: 4.1
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:
price paid:+/-300€ at its time
positive:- Sharp at f2.8. Razor sharp at f/4!
- Built like a tank!
- beautiful bokeh.
negative:- FLARE!
- No D chip...
comment:Bought with my first AF minolta camera body, a 800si, to replace with my good old x700 during the 90's. I'm very enthusiastic about this lens and I always use it as my main lens to work with my Alpha 700 and 850! The main problem, is the flare, sometimes a true sore with any light in the field! Be care with APS-C sensors. You don't see in the viewfinder what is in the dead space of this lens originally designed for the 24x36 frame... So, if you can find it, buy it, it's a good deal but don't be too creative with the sun or any spotlight!

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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