Minolta AF 50mm F3.5 Macro A-mount lens review by awa54

reviewer#11751 date: Apr-1-2014
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:Sigma 90 2.8 macro
Macro and 50mm on Maxxum 35-70 4 & 35-105 3.5/4.5
Maxxum 50 1.7 RS
Min 50mm 2.8 Macro RS
Min 100mm 2.8 Macro RS
price paid:$125 USD
positive:Sharp!
Compact for a macro
negative:Only 1:2 max magnification on FF
Slow max aperture for a prime
comment:Great little lens! slightly cooler color than first-gen Maxxum glass, but still excellent. This replaces my 50 1.7 on any daylight outing, due to its superior sharpness and macro capability. I haven't compared it to other Minolta macro lenses, but it has pretty much ousted my Sigma 90 from the small bag (the Sigma still has a place in the backpack, or when I am specifically doing macro work that needs longer working distances).

Full Frame update: now that I have used this lens on the a900 and 9xi I'm even more impressed with its performance, all but the corners are very sharp from wide open and stopping down to f5.6 sharpens up the entire frame nicely.

When compared to the Minolta AF 50 2.8 and 100 Macros, the 50 f3.5 still comes off as a very capable lens and the handling is faster (since there is no focus limiter and only 1:2 magnification), however the absolute image quality and sharpness of the 50 2.8 is definitely higher.

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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