Minolta AF 50mm F2.8 Macro A-mount lens review by Pirate
|Pirate#34754 date: Jan-13-2017|
flare control: 5
|ownership:||I used to own this lens|
|compared to:||Sigma AF 105/2.8 EX + EX DG Macro|
Tamron 272EM / 272ES
Cosina/Vivitar AF 100/3.5 MC Macro
|price paid:||£55.20 (used)|
|positive:||Solid build quality|
Ultra sharp image quality (IQ)
Buttery smooth bokeh
Classic Minolta colour rendition
Selectable magnification scale
|negative:||Nothing that hasn't already been addressed by the RS version.|
5-pins (should have 8)
|comment:||Where do you start? It's a phenomenally good bit of kit and delivers superb quality results in spades. It's been very well constructed and the optical quality of this lens is phenomenally good, though for me it's not conducive for live macro subjects and it may well be too short for portraiture, but that's just a personal opinion.|
The nearest of all the other 50mm macro lenses that produce similar results are both the MIN50M28RS and MIN50F35 but they differ due to their construction, but I don't know if the RS has different optics to this version.
The colours, bokeh, sharpness and overall solid construction and build quality is first class and it's one of the best dedicated macro lenses from the extensive Minolta back-catalogue.
This is definitely one lens I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a top 50mm macro and isn't bothered about the focal length, though any of the Minolta 50mm Macro lenses would be a great choice even as a standard prime.