Minolta AF 50mm F1.7 A-mount lens review by skyhook78

reviewer#5411 date: May-20-2009
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 Kit 18-70mm f3.5-5.6
Sony Kit 75-300mm f4.5-5.6
Minolta 35-70mm f4
price paid:AUS$150 (used)
positive:Good portrait lens
excellent in low light
Sharp, particulatly greater than f4
Very affordable
Good upgrade on kit lens
negative:fixed focal length is less flexible than zoom
comment:Probably my favourite lens, excellent for indoor portraits with available window light.

As a beginner, this has been an excellent investment. The fixed focal length makes you think about composition and lets me think about things like DOF. If you're a beginner I'd recommend scouring the buy/sell forums or ebay for one if you can!

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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