Minolta AF 50mm F1.7 A-mount lens review by godsakes

reviewer#3879 date: Jul-25-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 used to own this lens
compared to:tam 17-50, minolta 50mm f1.4
price paid:L60
great colours
negative:green CA
a little soft below f2
sample variation
comment:Cheap and cheerful way to get a fast prime, great for portraits and arty shots where you want to play with the thin DOF. It's a little soft below f2. CA is generally well controlled but there is some green CA at f1.7-2

The more expensive f1.4 version of this lens is sharper between f1.7-4 with better control of green CA. The main problem of this lens is the sample variation, there are loads of samples which are poor above f2.8 but assuming you've got a decent sample then it's a bargain.

If you're worried about the sample variation consider the sony 50mm SAM, the image quality is a little better with less sample variation but the build and AF speed isn't quite as good as this.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 421
  • sharpness: 4.62
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.57
  • distortion: 4.74
  • flare control: 4.17
  • overall: 4.58
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