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

reviewer#11403 date: Oct-25-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 own this lens
compared to:Quantaray 28-80
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Tokina 35-200
Sigma 18-250
sony 35mm 1.8
price paid:142
positive:Sharp at f2 and beyond
AF is fast
Good build quality
Nice bokeh
negative:Purple fringing
Extremely soft at f1.4
Not the best at flare control
comment:Very soft at f1.4. It's so soft that it's almost pointless to shoot anything at this aperture and consider it a keeper. It's really useful at night when you need a faster shutter, but I question just how useful this is when your images come out soft and hazy. If you stop down to f2 or more images become much sharper. However, when compared to the Sony 35mm 1.8 it's not as sharp at similarly large apertures. The 35mm wide open beats the Minolta 1.4 at f1.8-2.8, and maybe even oh so slightly at f4, which shocked me. I did not have time to do a more thorough test, but these are the results I came away with so far. Bokeh is very nice though, and literally crushes the 35mm in that regard, but no different than the 50mm 1.7. The 1.4 is so similar to the 1.7 that I see no point in owning the 1.4 if you already have the 1.7 or intend to purchase the 1.7.

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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