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

reviewer#44036 date: Mar-22-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 50mm f1.7
Minolta 85mm f1.4
Minolta 100mm f2
price paid:£149.00
positive:Compact,light. Very little vignetting at f1.4. better than I expected.
negative:some noticeable barrel distortion.
comment:I allowed curiosity to get the better of me when I purchased this lens. I wanted to see for myself if it really was better than the f1.7, which I was never greatly impressed by.

My immediate impression was that it really is, although sadly i did not get long to use it thoroughly at different f stops before the iris failed (oil on the blades - frustratingly just the wrong side of the retailer's 3 month warranty). It now only functions wide open.

I know that strictly speaking, reviewing broken lenses is against Dyxum lens reviewing policy, but I have continued to use the lens, comparing it's performance at maximum aperture with the the 85mm f1.4. Which I think it does favorably.

It does show some noticeable barrel distortion at portrait distances. Surprising for a "standard" lens I think.

I might one day try and fix it.

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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