Minolta AF 50mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by Bassplayer
|Bassplayer#11145 date: May-28-2013|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|price paid:||151 ukp|
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.