Minolta AF 50mm F2.8 Macro RS A-mount lens review by havoc315
|havoc315#11048 date: Apr-16-2013|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 50mm 1.7|
1:1 true macro
Focus limiter switch
|negative:||Hunts for focus (to be expected)|
Some light fall off
|comment:||On the used market, an incredible value for a true macro at a useful focal length. While 100mm may be better for bug watching, the 50mm still is useful for most macro situations.|
Beyond the macro use, it's just an incredibly sharp lens for general purpose shooting. The only downside of using it as a fixed focal length general purpose lens, is that it can hunt for focus for an eternity. The focus limiter switch can help, but it's still not a fast focusing lens.
Still, with the overall quality of the lens, my Minolta 50 1.7 will now collect dust except for the absolute extreme low light situations.
Updated to reflect use on the A99 --- I invested in the A99 but have not yet purchased any of the newest walk-around zoom lenses. Been using the 50mm macro as my main walk around lens with spectacular results. A bit of vignetting wide open is the only slight downside.
In terms of sharpness, color and contrast, at the 50mm focal length, I can't imagine that I'd get better results from the expensive Zeiss lens.