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

reviewer#9759 date: Jan-5-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:Minolta 100mm f2.8 Macro RS
Minolta 35-105mm (Old)
price paid:120€ (used)
compact and lightweight
quick AF for a macro
Cheap (but very rare!)
negative:Ratio 1:2
f3.5 only
comment:ratio 1:2 and f3.5 max : it is specs !! So I knew it before to buy it !!! So it is not real negative points.

I like to use that lens for portraiture. I also have the 100mm Macro but often it is too long. 50mm is better for me.

For macro, yes it is only 1:2, so if I really need to do it, I use my 100mm Macro.

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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