Minolta AF 50mm F3.5 Macro A-mount lens review by Pirate

reviewer#11320 date: Aug-23-2013
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di 1:1 Macro (272EM)
Vivitar/Cosina AF 100mm F/3.5 MC Macro
Minolta AF 50mm F/2.8 1:1 Macro
price paid:£78.66 (used)
Colour and bokeh
Build quality
Short MFD
negative:Nothing of consequence
comment:Even at 1:2 reproduction, this is a superb quality lens that produces tack sharp colourful images with buttery smooth bokeh. A compact lightweight macro/portrait prime. At 50mm, it's quite short in terms of macro lenses which I think are best between 90mm-105mm and 1:1 reproduction, but it's still an excellent lens for the price. A real pleasure to use.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 61
  • sharpness: 4.93
  • color: 4.97
  • build: 4.62
  • distortion: 4.95
  • flare control: 4.70
  • overall: 4.84
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