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

reviewer#5575 date: Jun-22-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Min 50 1.7
Min 28-135
Min 100/2
CZ 16-80
Sig 17-70
Min 35/2
price paid:
Minolta colour.
Easy to hand-hold.
Focus limiter; actually pretty quick to focus.
negative:You do have to get close for 1:1.
comment:This is my first ever dedicated macro. It's a beautiful lens and very usable. I like the 50mm length because it is easy to hand-hold, and I'm not a regular tripod user. It is a clear, sharp lens with smooth Minolta look and colour. Also very nice bokeh both close up and further back.

I also find the focus, with the limiter switched on, to be very acceptable on the a700 and a850. No problems snapping into focus on indoors shots. I also find the rubber focus ring in this RS version very usable for manual focussing, which is what I use when close up.

A 90 or 100mm macro might be better for their ability to keep some distance from the subject. The upside of the 50mm is it isn't shaking all over when you hand-hold close up. It's a great little lens, and I'm loving the macro photography experience.

I'd put the build at 4.5, but it's more 5 than 4. If I had to pick just one prime this would be it.

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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