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

reviewer#8793 date: Mar-15-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Sony DT 30mm f/2.8 Macro SAM
Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM
Minolta 50mm f/1.4
price paid:~150 USD (used)
positive:- Razor Sharp
- Very decent build
- Creamy Bokeh
- Virtually no distortion
negative:- Hunts on AF
- Glossy finish does not match Sony camera styling
comment:I bought this used for a very low price, my copy has stiff focus which strains the motor on my A200 a bit (and makes AF slower) so I'm not considering that in this review.

The lens is very sharp even compared to the 50/1.4, it is also well built (nice weight) though I wish the focus ring was a bit wider and the glossy styling looks a bit out of place on my Sony body.

The magnification scale is useful when using MF and overall it is nice to use for MF (my focus ring is stiff which helps with the precision).

The working distance is OK and does enable you to light objects properly even near 1:1 reproduction, something that cannot be said about the Sony 30/2.8 Macro.

Overall it is good optically and would recommend it, especially at a low price. I will update this as I use it more.

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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