Minolta AF 50mm F2.8 Macro RS A-mount lens review by Mr_Canuck
|Mr_Canuck#5575 date: Jun-22-2009|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Min 50 1.7|
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.