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

reviewer#5892 date: Aug-23-2009
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 18-70 f/3.5-5.6 SAL (kitlens)
KM 35-70 f/4 (mini beercan)
price paid:€74 (used)
positive:Small, cheap, fast and sharp. Somehow the images look really good.
negative:Doesn't always work too well with the onboard flash of my a350
comment:There is just something about the images produced with this lens. It might be subjective, but I really like this lens. It has almost no distortion, which is something that bothered meon the kitlens at both ends of the focal range. It is fast, which is really nice because you get to shoot without flash. I'm just wondering whther I should invest in a 50mm f/1.4, because I really appreciate the speed of this lens.
It is also very nice for close-up portraits at f/1.7. If you focus on the subjects eyes and frame in their face (scalp if necessary) you get very sharp eyes and around the chin and cheeks, towards the ears you can already see the image "dissolve" into the background. This makes images look very dreamy.
I recommend this lens to everybody and I will be keeping mine (unless I get a f/1.4 =))

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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