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

reviewer#27602 date: Jun-7-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:- minolta af 70-210mm f4 (beercan)
- minolta af 35-105mm f3.5-4.5 (beercan)
- minolta AF 100mm f2.8
- minolta af 75-300mm beercan
- ...
price paid:130€
positive:- sharpness stopped down
- compact and light
- retractable lens hood
negative:- soft and glowy wide open
comment:I use this lens mostly when i want to stay compact and when my main intent is not to take pictures, which is often.
Focal length is versatile and apertures ranges gives lots of options. Rendering is good and special, typical for a fast 50.

Sharpness wide open is as expected not fantastic, but if properly focussed (which is tricky even with af) and if post processed delicately it can become very acceptable.
Above f2 it is very sharp.
Colors and contrast are very good but I prefer those from the beercans.

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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