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

reviewer#44313 date: Jun-9-2019
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony - AF DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Minolta - AF 50 F2.8 Macro
Minolta - AF 50 F3.5 Macro
Sigma - 70 F2.8 EX DG Macro
Sigma - 90 F2.8 Macro
Minolta - AF 100 F2.8 Macro D

Minolta AF 50mm F1.4
Minolta - AF 50 F1.7
Sony - AF DT 50 F1.8 SAM
price paid:85 USD
positive:Sharp, light, decent MFD (not too close at 1:1), focus limiter, programmable lens button.
negative:Not so easy to find in the UK (had to buy from Japan), not free.
comment:A superb lens, sharp 1:1 macro that does what it's designed for and does it extremely well.
For a full comparison with my other macros read my Minolta - AF 50 F2.8 Macro review.
This is in most respects the same lens - the advantages being:
1: the addition of the focus limiter (always useful in a macro),
2: the addition of a lens button that was originally a focus preview button on film cameras. On digital bodies you can program in several alternative functions.
3. improved, rubberized focus ring. As a lot of macro work is manual focus this is a worthwhile improvement, but not enough on its own to make me procure the RS when I already had the original.
To be honest I still prefer the look and feel of the original, but the limiter and button are really worth having. Optically there is nothing to choose between them (I haven't really looked at bokeh differences - the RS has a more circular aperture so they will vary a little).

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 26
  • sharpness: 4.90
  • color: 4.85
  • build: 4.65
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.54
  • overall: 4.79
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