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

reviewer#11583 date: Jan-4-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.1
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:AF 55/2.8 Micro-Nikkor
55/2.8 Micro-Nikkor Manual focus
Pentax Super Takumar 50/4 Macro M42 mount
price paid:112 USD
positive:Really inexpensive for macro prime lens
Sharp as hell, pixel peeping heaven
Plane of focus perfectly shallow even at f8.
Focus ring is large enough to grip for MF using focus peaking
Deep front lens element is like a built-in shade for better flare control
negative:AF is slow
Bokeh is marred by CA, but is correctable in software
comment:I was looking for a standard focal length lens and like the versatility and sharpness of a short tele macro prime for APS-C. I have a lot of experience shooting tight 2 person portraits with 50/2.8 macros and off-camera strobe and love the way the plane of focus holds detail in a very shallow plane. Compared with my Nikkors, costing 3x to 4x the price, the Minolta is visibly less sharp and the CA can be more problematic, esp, when backlit and with high contrast colors like a spider or insect. In a pinch however, this lens does the job and bokeh is pleasing. Colors are nice but slightly more warm and diffraction more visible at F22 and smaller, compared with the Nikkors. Still, much better than the 70's vintage macro SuperTak 50/4 in all respects. For the price, it was a steal!

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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