Minolta AF 50mm F3.5 Macro A-mount lens review by awa54
|awa54#11751 date: Apr-1-2014|
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|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|
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.