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

reviewer#34754 date: Jan-13-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Sigma AF 105/2.8 EX + EX DG Macro
MIN50M28RS Macro
MIN50M35 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
Ergonomic design
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.

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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