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

reviewer#38875 date: Jun-2-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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:18-55mm DT kit lens
price paid:NZD $210
positive:Razor sharpness, colours, bokeh, build quality, compact size, f/1.4 lets me shoot in low light hand-held.
negative:Retractable lens hood, narrow MF ring, some vignetting wide open on full frame A99.
comment:Crazy sharp, nice Minolta colours, and I quite like the bokeh even at f/1.4, but at f/2.8 to f/3.5 I find the bokeh is lovely. The lens hood is just odd and the MF ring is quite narrow, but otherwise the lens feels robust and nice to use. Paired with my SLT-A57 it makes for a nice compact lightweight urban combo, and now with my A99 I'm getting more in the frame. My go-to lens on the A99.

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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