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

reviewer#9056 date: May-26-2011
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70 mm f4 Babybeercan
Minolta 100mm f2.8 macro Beercan
Minolta 50mm f1.7 Beercan
Minolta 50mm f/1.4 Beercan
Minolta 75-300mm f4,5-5,6 Beercan
Tamron SP 90 Macro
Minolta 28-135 f4.0-4.5 Beercan
Minolta 80-200mm f2.8 Beercan( black)
Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
Sony kitlens 18-70
price paid:260 euro (like new)
positive:- Sharp, sharp, Very sharp! Razor Sharp !!
-Typical Minolta Colors’
- Good contrast
- Creamy, Smooth Bokeh
-good depth of field
at all distances,
-nice Bokeh
-Very nice contrast
-Low weight
- Build quality is superb
- Virtually no distortion
- Sharpest lens I own, Sharper than my Tamron 90(just)
- Versatile
- At Full Frame becomes 75mm
- Almost zero light falloff on APS-C
-Good dual purpose lens if you don't faster the F2.8
-Workable f2.8
1:1 max magnification
- The performance is excellent
- Sharpest lens I've ever owned, even wide open.
- hard to destroy
- images have
- a very good depth and
negative:euhhh, what ? none !
comment:Bought second hand from a friend, I'm very impressed with the example I have.
It was completely cleaned before I bought it.(refurbished)
The image quality and sharpness is amazing.
This lens is very nicely built and the optics are first rate.
I liked how it felt and the build of it was pretty solid .
The weight and portable size make it a great travel lens.
Great value and utility, and not just for macro work.
On APS-C sensors it becomes a small tele (75mm equivalent).
This is by far the sharpest lens I've used, it's noticeably sharper than the 50mm 1.7 .
At 2.8 1:1 and no flash, DOF is razor thin, but what's in focus will be razor sharp.
Sharpness is excellent in all F-stops, colours are what you except from a minolta lens, just deep and lovely .
It's quality is unmatched, a fantastic lens, this lens is sharp, sharp, very sharp.
Thit I told that I adore this lens .

Highly recommended!
If you can buy a good copy,
just get one!!! Prices rising quickly .

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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