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

reviewer#291 date: Dec-18-2005
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:KM AF DT 17-80mm (5D lens kit)
price paid:
positive:Excellent bokeh, amazingly sharp (starting from F2).
negative:Hunts for focus sometimes (rarely, but happens). A bit soft at F1.4.
comment:I got this lens off ebay at 140euros. In my opinion you cannot even compare it with the lens kit at 50mm (1.5x -> 75mm) on the 5D. Highly recommended, especially for low light situations and for portraits (still, a better suitable choice for portraits would probably be the KM 35mm/F1.4 G, because of the 5D crop factor you actually get 75mm).

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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