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

reviewer#11514 date: Dec-2-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:sony 16-50 2.8
tamron 70-300mm DI USD
minolta 35-105
price paid:$200
positive:-sharp! my sharpest lens
-awesome low light performance
-quick focus
-small and light
-classic colors
negative:-lower contrast than newer lenses, film era coatings
-not a huge advantage over much cheaper 50mm 1.7
-loud AF
comment:this lens is tack sharp! Like many others, I had a very hard time deciding between the minolta 50mm 1.4 and 1.7. In the end I made my choice, but have never used the other so I can't say definitively whether I made the right choice or not. This is among the most affordable 1.4 lenses you can own, for any camera system, so that was ultimately what drove me to purchase this one.

I haven't ever regretted my choice. Although it often sits in my bag, I believe every photographer should have a nifty fifty on hand, for the occasional low light or portrait session.

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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