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

reviewer#9027 date: May-15-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:50/1.7 (only tested on film)
price paid:380 AUD (new)
positive:Light & Compact
Sharp stopped down
Nice colour
Bokeh
negative:Contrast & CA wide open
comment:Sharpness never disappointed on film, even wide open. Extra demands of FFd mean I need stop it down to f2.8 to get a usable DOF for portrait work. This applies equally to my 35/1.4 as it does to this lens.

Mostly better all round than than 50/1.7 on film, but not significantly so. AF speed similar.

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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