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

reviewer#11145 date: May-28-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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:
missing
price paid:151 ukp
positive:Fast
Compact;
Minolta colours;
Flare control is fine with aftermarket hood;
Razor sharp at f/4
Better than average sharpness at f/1.4
negative:Well the integral lens hood is fiddly to extend and utterly useless when in position.
Flare (unless aftermarket hood fitted)
comment:Bought from e.bay about three months ago and has become a must-have in the camera bag. Only three of my 14 lenses go everywhere with me and this is one of them.

As mentioned above the integral lens hood is a joke and as a consequence flare can be a problem - however I bought a three position rubber extendable hood (again on e.bay) for just a few pounds and it's done a fabulous job of eliminating flare pretty much completely.

A great lens for extremely low light work and indoor flashless photography.

The usual superb Minolta colour rendering is here but this lens, I find, is also particularly excellent as a tool for high contrast black and white work.

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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