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

reviewer#39903 date: Jul-23-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Canon EF 50/1.4 USM
Canon EF 50/1.8 II
Sony 50/1.4
price paid:€100,- (used)
positive:Small and light
Good at f/2 great at f/10
negative:Not that good at f/1.4
comment:I like the Sony/Minolta much more then the Canon 50/1.4. Both the Canon and the Sony aren't that good wide open, the Sony/Minolta improves by f/2, the Canon a little later, I prefer the bokeh of the Sony/Minolta and by f/10 the Sony/Minolta are the best lenses I own.

The Sony and Minolta version behave exactly the same. The Sony has a rounded aperture but the difference is small.

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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