Minolta AF 50mm F2.8 Macro RS A-mount lens review by havoc315

reviewer#11048 date: Apr-16-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm 1.7
Tamron 17-50
Sony 16-50
price paid:160usd
positive:Sharp
1:1 true macro
Solid build
Focus limiter switch
Minolta colors
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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 26
  • sharpness: 4.92
  • color: 4.85
  • build: 4.65
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.54
  • overall: 4.79
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