Minolta AF 50mm F1.7 A-mount lens review by dca1213

reviewer#6051 date: Sep-15-2009
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:Sigma 50mm f2.8 Macro
Minolta 35-70mm f4
price paid:100 USD
positive:Light
Sharp
Good Construction
Fast
MFD
negative:Hood is not so good.
comment:This is a very nice prime lens, fairly sharp wide open but very sharp when stopped down even to f2.8. Not as sharp as the Sigma but as expected better DOF then the macro. Faster then the 35-70mm but not noticably sharper. It really only beats the 35-70 in speed and MFD in non-macro mode.

Very fast and quiet focus on my a200. I have not experienced the flare others have noted.

All things considered it's a great lens to have in your arsenal for indoor existing light and close work. Highly recommended.

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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