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

reviewer#5602 date: Jun-27-2009
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Tamron 28-105mm F2.8
Minolta AF 28-75 F2.8 D
price paid:85 USD (used)
positive:Cheap
Fast
Sharp
Light
negative:Silly hood
75mm equivalent on APS-C
comment:No notable barrel distortion or CA. It can flare, but generally only in extreme conditions (though not helped any by its gimmicky retracting hood). Colors are "classic Minolta," which people seem to like.

Build is solid. It's metal and plastic, and it feels good. Focus ring is smooth but tiny, making manual focus a bit cumbersome.

It's soft at f1.7, but it's very usable. By f/2.8 it's as sharp as can be, probably out-resolving my A200 sensor.

Incidentally this lens works very well on extension tubes for macro work. I thought about buying a real macro lens, but now I find that I have no need.

This was the first lens I bought when expanding beyond the kit lens on my A200, and it was a good purchase. Highly recommended to all new Alpha owners looking to complement the kit lens!

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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