Minolta AF 50mm F2.8 Macro A-mount lens review by joestealthmode
|joestealthmode#11110 date: May-14-2013|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||85mm f/1.4 ZA|
24mm f/2 SSM ZA
|price paid:||$150 USD (used)|
Stands the test of time
1-1 is dangerously close to glass
Lens extends weird
|comment:||Picked up a very good copy of this lens on eBay. Let me tell you, this is a very sharp lens. I was peeping pixels on a shot I took and I couldn't believe what I was seeing. |
The 1-1 magnification is hard to achieve without help from a steady subject and a tripod or remote (or both). If you put a filter on the lens, you're an inch or so away from hitting the glass. It is sharp in the center wide open and once stopped to f/4 you're peeping corners if your depth of field is right.
The lens is very small, in fact, it is my smallest lens. I find it easier to hold steady than my other lenses, which is an asset with Macro work. I get decent results at 1/10s I would be nervous to shoot with my 85mm f/1.4 or even my 24mm f/2 that slow.
The colors this lenses reproduces are on par with my best color lens, which is the 24mm f/2 SSM ZA. I would venture to this lens has the edge.
The motor is slow as molasses. I have to use DMF or Manual focus with peaking on the A77/A99.
This lens is ancient. It has stood the test of time. It is good for portraits and macros. A bargain if you find one in excellent shape for under $200.