Minolta AF 50mm F2.8 Macro A-mount lens review by karinaeija

reviewer#10934 date: Feb-21-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100mm F2.8
price paid:185 euro
positive:Amazingly sharp
well build
good price compared to the new sony macro lens
beautiful colors
1:1 macro
negative:This lens has nothing negative
comment:This was the first real macro lens i bought and wow it just blew me away. What a fantastic lens, so incredibly sharp and even when the seller told me it was 28 years old it looks new. It is my all time favorite, maybe the negative part is that it made all my other lenses look less good. Later on i managed to find the Minolta 100mm f2.8 macro too but i have to say i think the 50mm is a bit sharper and still my favorite. Ofcourse the 100mm is more useable for insects and also incredibly sharp. Last week i found a second 50mm one in a secondhand store,it was in an old bag with camera gear. That one i got for 50 euro's so if you keep your eyes open you can find them out there for a good price. I am glad to have a spare because it is just a fantastic lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 71
  • sharpness: 4.97
  • color: 4.87
  • build: 4.65
  • distortion: 4.96
  • flare control: 4.41
  • overall: 4.77
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