Minolta AF 50mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by berlin steve

reviewer#10584 date: Oct-13-2012
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:KM 50mm 1.7 & 2.8 macro
Sigma 50mm 2.8 macro
price paid:eur 155
positive:cracking lens
great in low light
negative:not noticably sharper than 1.7 model
comment:This is a cracking lens if you need low light flash free. Typical Minolta colours, which so many of us love. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't sharper than the 1.7 model. If you don't need 1.4, then I'd save the cash and get the 1.7. You won't need both in your collection.

If you need sharper, and don't need quick focusing the 1.4 gives then get 2.8 macro which is better. But having the pair of them is also recommendable. The 1.4 for indoor snaps with kids- and the 2.8 for planned or staged work as well as macro.

Again, if you don't need 1.4, then the 1.7 is IMO as good on sharpness and colour.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 124
  • sharpness: 4.68
  • color: 4.81
  • build: 4.64
  • distortion: 4.77
  • flare control: 4.13
  • overall: 4.60
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