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

reviewer#4515 date: Dec-9-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.5
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:Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 18-125mm f/3.5-5.6
price paid:$81 USD (used)
positive:Good bokeh
Good portrait lens
Fast enough for indoor low ISO shooting, and even faster when ISO is bumped
negative:Focusing with A900 hunts indoors sometimes
Colors seem a little flat, and I had to bump the contrast on the camera up a notch.
comment:It's a great overall lens for someone learning photography like I am. It teaches you a lot about focusing correctly, and controlling the DOF. This lens can keep a pretty shallow depth of field even when stopped down to f5 or smaller. Definitely different than the kit lens at 50mm. I have been having a lot of fun with the lens, and can't wait to take some outdoor photos when the weather gets better here in Michigan

I have now taken a few shots with the A850 and this lens, and WOW, it really comes to life in terms of sharpness and details captured. My numbers have been revised now that I have used this with the A700 and A850.
I have no desire for a 50/1.4 lens at this time. The perfect tradeoff between bokeh and sharpness is at f/2.2, if you want it to be VERY sharp, then stopping down to f/2.8 will get you that.

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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