Minolta AF 50mm F3.5 Macro A-mount lens review by QuietOC
|QuietOC#20410 date: Nov-5-2015|
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|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM|
Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro
Sony A 50 F2.8 Macro
Minolta AF 50 F2.8 Macro RS
Minolta Macro Rokkor-X 50 F3.5
Tamron SP 60 F2 Macro
Sigma EX 70 F2.8 DG Macro
Tamron SP 90 F2.5 Macro
Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro RS
Vivitar 135 F2.8 Close Focusing
|price paid:||37 USD (used)|
|positive:||Nice smooth bokeh|
Decent rubber focus ring
Curved aperture blades
55 mm filter size
Poor at 1:1 using extensions.
|comment:||I purchased two of these a couple of years apart. The first wasn't very sharp, but I liked the rendering. I cleaned some crud off of the front element of the second copy. The mechanism would sometimes catch just before 1:2. This lens was $200 when released in 1994 just over $100 cheaper than the 50/2.8. Cosmetically it matches the other RS series lenses. It uses a different optical formula (5/5 vs 6/4) than the older, manual focus Minolta 50mm F3.5 1:2 Macro lenses dating from 1961. This is the simplest A-mount lens in terms of actual parts. "JAPAN"|
The larger body is used to accommodate a deep fixed hood. The working distance is fairly large because of the fairly low 1:2 maximum reproduction ratio.
The field-of-view is slightly narrower than the faster Minolta 50's and significantly narrower than the APS-C 50's. The field-of-view is just slightly wider than the long end of the 18-55 SAM II.
This lens is sharper than the old MD 50 F3.5. As far as I know there is no matched extension for 1:1 like there was for MD lens. The 50 F2.8 RS has much more CA even stopped down.