Minolta AF 50mm F1.7 A-mount lens review by joel22484

reviewer#5250 date: Apr-19-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 18-70 Kit
Minolta 70-210 BC
Minolta 70-210 (non BC)
Minolta 75-300
Minolta 35-70
Sigma 17-70
price paid:25 USD - 80 USD
positive:Good in low light
Well Built
Nice bokeh
Nice colors
Easy to find
negative:Min. focusing distance
comment:I have bought a few of these (which is why my price paid varies). The first one I found was $25 at a pawn shop. It was 2 days after I bought my Sony a200 and read that this was a great lens to get.
Well, I made the purchase and have loved it ever since. I've tried 3 different ones and they all produce the same results. Nice crisp, clean shots. It's great to have a cheap fast lens to get pictures of my little boy in available light.
I've never had any focusing issues. The colors turn out great. I use it mostly at 1.7 or 2.0 and most of the time, the sharpness is good to me. After all, you get a 1.7 lens to use in low light.

Compared to the Sigma 17-70, I couldn't pick a winner. They are 2 completely different lenses. If I need a low light lens, I'd pick the 50. Otherwise I pick the Sigma (because of the zoom ability).

If you can get this lens for around $100, then it's well worth it.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 418
  • sharpness: 4.63
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.58
  • distortion: 4.74
  • flare control: 4.17
  • overall: 4.58
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