Minolta AF 50mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by ithinkso
|ithinkso#44036 date: Mar-22-2018|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 50mm f1.7|
Minolta 85mm f1.4
Minolta 100mm f2
|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.