Sony AF 50mm F1.4 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#4736 date: Jan-23-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 50/1.4
- 85/1.4za
- 24/2.8
- 35 F1.4 G
- Sigma 50/1.4 HSM
price paid:300USD (MINT)
positive:+ Sharp from F2.2
+ Lightweight
+ Good build and hadling
negative:- some flares wide open
- Not sharp wide open
- non SSM
- extends on focusing
- non weatherresistant
comment:This lens very similiar to Minolta 50/1.4RS.
Not very useful on APS-C and nice on FF.
Sigma 50 F1.4 HSM sharper in the center and have smoother bokeh
reviewer#4717 date: Jan-20-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Kit lens
sigms 50mm macro
sigma 70-300 apo
price paid:L195 new
positive:Light
Smooth bokeh - after f2
Great for creativity
Sharp - even at f1.4
negative:None ( so far )
comment:Having used this lens for over a year now i have formed the following views.
My copy is SHARP even at f1:4 and suffers from no FF/BF issues that i have heard/read about.Its great for portraits where it shines.
Its nice and light.
I will never sell this lens and never get bored of using it for portraits.
reviewer#4714 date: Jan-20-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50 and others
price paid:€ 250 new/offer
positive:Small and lightweight
Good in lowlight conditions
Sort of undercover, underdog newby lens with amazing results
negative:Focusring only usable when you have the time
Tends to focus in center or anything that doesnt move.
comment:A while ago I used it during a re-union of my wifes school. Difficult light conditions, Tubelights, daylight windows on both sides and moving people.

It performed great but not perfect and practically only on AF ; MF ring is not useble with people moving around. Not even with my small hands.
reviewer#4710 date: Jan-19-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:350 USD (new)
positive:Sharp after F/2
Compact
Light
ADI
Bokeh
negative:soft wide open
too plasticy
small focus ring
comment:A good light fast lens with good control over depth of field. Works really well on the A900 as a walk around town type of lens. On the A700, I prefer to use a 35mm prime instead because this lens is 75mm on APS-C sensors.
reviewer#4622 date: Jan-3-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:2 kit lens
price paid:290 USD (new)
positive:sharpness
color
range is almost 75mm on smaller sensors
negative:
missing
comment:very nice lens, great performer.
reviewer#4594 date: Dec-30-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70DT, 35-105RS, 70-300D
price paid:500 USD (2999 DKK)
positive:Very sharp. Fast, excellent color and flare control (none experienced)
negative:Focusing problems in low light (considering the aperture or maybee because of that)
comment:Finally I got my hands on this baby. I wanted one last year but I went for "56" flash instead. The lens is excellent in available light "like no other" and combined with a flash it is just amazing. Only tricky part is that you should really pay attention to what you are really focusing on. @1,4 the DOF is almost too shallow, but it is there if you need it. My first prime, not my last. (it is an entirely new world)
reviewer#4521 date: Dec-11-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/1.4
price paid:350 USD (new)
positive:
missing
negative:Don't like the lens hood. I prefer the old style Minolta pull out.
comment:Purchased to go with my A900. Not sure I will keep it if I can find a good deal on an original piece of Minolta glass.
reviewer#4380 date: Nov-14-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-80ZA
Sony 55-200 DT
70-300 G SSM
Tamron 90 macro
price paid:
missing
positive:Pin-sharp
Perfect for low light situations
Light & compact
Ideal for portraits on cropped sensor
negative:Occasional AF hunting in low contrast situations
comment:I love this lens - it goes wherever my Alpha 700 goes (& the 5D before that). This lens has great bokeh & is perfect for portait images on an APS-C sensor. It is razor sharp & I am pleased to say does not suffer from the back-focussing issues others have mentioned. Yes it is a little "soft" at 1.4 through to 2.8 but from then on it is unbelievable. Even images taken at 1.4-2.8 are pretty sharp though - it's just a question of degree when compared to how sharp it is for example at f/5.6!
reviewer#4370 date: Nov-13-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50 F1.7
price paid:289 USD (new)
positive:Compact and light.
Quick focus even with low light.
Great bokeh.
Lush, saturated images, particularly during magic hour(s)
negative:1.4 is substantially less sharp than I'd like.
A little long on my A300, so I still need a normal prime.

comment:Overall this is a wonderful lens whose shortcomings are well explained here. Despite agreeing with most of them I am very happy with this lens, which has become the default on my A300.

My main concern was that this lens would be useless at 1.4, but this is not the case - the sharpness issue is relative to this lens itself but far from unacceptable. And my Minolta F1.7 was also soft wide open, so at the very least this lens gives me a sharp 1.7 option.
reviewer#4369 date: Nov-13-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24-70 2.8 CZ, Carenar M42 50 mm 2.2, Sigma 50 2.8 Macro DG
price paid:200 € (new)
positive:Very sharp when stopped down, good contrast and colors
Price compared to other lenses of same optical quality.
negative:Poor borders and poor contrast at large aperture settings.
comment:One of the sharpest lenses around when stopped down. Distortion is well controlled and colors are great. The Lens is very compact, lightweight.

Autofocus works well on A900 but I had issues on my old KM D7D under artificial light conditions.

The manual focus rings works direct and accurate but is very small and should be bigger for better handling.

The large rubber patch on the lens easily catches scratches and doesn't add better handling so I don't see a point applying this to the lens. Though the lens body consists of plastic I like the build quality as the lens operates direct without noticable tolerances.
reviewer#4330 date: Nov-6-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 f1.7, Sigma 70 f2.8 EX DG Macro & Minolta 85 f1.4 (D) "G"
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharper than 50 f1.7 at f1.7, edge sharpness improves quickly and is more even than 50 f1.7 at wider apertures, ADI, real lens hood, fast AF.
negative:Focus ring should have been made wider. Lens hood though nice and does the job could have been a petal type allowing for a little more shading.

"Older China Version - 2008"(AF not spot on...back focuses regularly f2.8 through f5.6.)
comment:Generally a good Prime lens. I don't have the problems that I had with the older version from China that I bought in 2008.

Pictures that are taken with it turn out quite sharp even at f1.4. Though, F1.4 is useful only under certain circumstances and is mainly sharp in the center region. By f2.5-2.8 the lens has very good across the frame sharpness. Misfocus is quite regular due to the very thin Depth of Field at f1.4 so be aware. I prefer using it from f2 through to f4 on a regular basis. f8 or smaller if I need the DOF.

I had a chance to compare this lens with the Minolta 85 f1.4 (D) "G" prime lens and I have to say they were so similar that it would be difficult to tell the images apart. If you want a Minolta 85 f1.4 lens (any version) but can't afford the cost look to the Sony 50 f1.4 instead. It gives you pretty much everything the 85 f1.4 gives you optically with exception to the focal length. Also, it does lack the clutch mechanism that keeps the focus ring from turning during AF on the 85 f1.4 (D) "G" lens as well.

More later.......(updated July 4 2010)



(2008 Review of Chinese Version)

This lens has so much potential. However, my biggest problem with it was back focusing. I owned it for 2 days and then returned it because of this problem. Manually I was able to get razor sharp results, but AF was always off in the f2.8 through f5.6 range. f1.4, 1.7 & 8 seemed to AF fine. I even tried the demo at the Sony Style store and it was doing the same thing. Their serial numbers were so far apart that it was obvious they were from different batches. I was hoping to replace my Minolta 50 f1.7 with it. However, I couldn't get past the back focus problem. I hope Sony gets the adjustments right soon. My other lenses do not suffer from this problem so I know it is the lens and not the camera.

I would like to own this lens. However, because of this issue I may very well get the Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX DG HSM lens for my A700.
reviewer#4163 date: Sep-30-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 50 1.7
Takumar 50 1.4 (M42)
Sony 35mm 1.4 G
price paid:Ł220
positive:Sharp after f/2
I like the build a lot
Clearer and cleaner IQ than older versions
negative:AF not 100% spot on
Colours very slightly cool
A bit pricey
comment:It can get very sharp but wide open it is not perfect. Gives great results but is maybe not quite a bargain next to the old Minolta version. Still, great value if you take a lot of portraits indoors.

Minimum focus distance a bit frustrating.

The colours are just a tiny bit cool but they can be adjusted in camera, so I give a 5. Micro contrast excellent.

All in all, a very clear and bright standard lens which makes beautiful detailed pictures. Bokeh is excellent.
reviewer#4134 date: Sep-27-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70 kitlens
price paid:300 USD (new)
positive:sharp
reliable
GREAT bokeh
negative:blurry on 1.4 sometimes, might need to stop it down a bit
comment:a must-have prime for anyone that wants to take typical portrait pictures. it's great for indoor use aswell due to the F1.4 and it works swell together with a flash.
price is perfect aswell, not overpriced and not too cheap either. it's alot of lens for your money in my opinion.
it's fun to use and great for just walking around downtown for example =)
reviewer#4075 date: Sep-9-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF50/1.7
price paid:$563 NZD (new)
positive:Weight and build
Lens Hood
55mm Filter size
Fast & Sharp
negative:Small Focus Ring (see comments)
comment:I had debated for some time about buying this lens as I could not justify "upgrading" from my AF50/1.7 which is a very good lens itself. Unfortunately the descision was made for me when I noticed a small amount of fungus appearing in the 1.7 and the cost of cleaning it was about 2/3rds the cost of replacing it... so I did.

Now that I have the 1.4, I do not know why I waited so long to get it, it's simply a great lens, very well built. My only (minor) complaint is the very small focus ring that is difficult to use with the hood fitted, especially for someone with big fingers like me... but hey, I'll get used to it.

reviewer#4053 date: Sep-5-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:M 45
M 35-70
Sal 70-200 G
price paid:330 USD (new)
positive:Sharp!
Fast!
Bouquet
Color
negative:It's a bit plastic..
comment:It's an excellent portrait lens(=75mm on FF) and for any indoor use (without flash). Fast with great color. Bouquet not as good as the 70-200 G, but it's close. A must have in your bag!
reviewer#3850 date: Jul-13-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35 G f1.4
CZ 85 f1.4
and many primes & zooms
price paid:1400 MYR
positive:Sharpness at f1.7 onwards
bokeh
superb colour
fast focusing
negative:Feels a lil bit cheap
focusing a bit unsure in low light (esp at f1.4-f2)f2.2 onwards no focusing problem
bokeh sometimes does not render highlights too well(on very challenging situations only)
f1.4 does not really let in 1 stop more light than f2 (about same as light transmission as f1.7)
comment:Sharpness is very good in bright daylight. Focusing also very good in bright daylight. Colours are superb. Back focuses in lowlight situations. Purple fringing at really high cantrast situations... not easy to remove even when shooting RAW. Build is not very solid. the light transmission at f1.4 is about only 1/3 stop more than f2..... in low light only at f2.2 can get sharp focused picture. relatively expensive also. F1.4 is nothing compared to CZ primes although expected... CZ 50 f1.0 SSM perhaps?
reviewer#3846 date: Jul-13-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f/1.7
Carl Zeiss 16-80mm
Minolta 28mm f/2.8
Nikon 50mm f/1.4
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
price paid:250USD (used mint-)
positive:light
sharp around f2.8
no distortion
good flare control with better designed hood.
negative:soft wide open
build quality not as good as
old minolta lens
comment:sharp after stopping down to about f/2.2
f/2.8 excellent. f/4 bolder sharpness catches up.
I like the design of the lens better than older minolta lens but it doens't feel as sturdy as Minolta.
hood is plastic and and prone to grease mark after handling it for while :)
overall image quality is very good.
Bokeh is nicer than 1.7.
I've had no flare issues yet
reviewer#3844 date: Jul-12-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:370 (new)
positive:very sharp wide open
negative:saturation and contrast wide open is low
comment:this is my first prime and now i know what sharp is in a lens. the only down side to this lens is that the contrast and saturation is a little low wide open, but by f1.7, it is good.
reviewer#3838 date: Jul-11-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL-1680Z
SAL-1870
SAL-75300
price paid:
missing
positive:Great sharpness and detail
Great shots in a variety of conditions
negative:Perhaps 35mm would be more useful on an APS-C camera
comment:I do a lot of indoor shooting (of my kids etc.) and this is ideal for working with available light rather than flash.

Also had great results at gigs, parties etc.

So much control over the DoF so it's easy to get artistic effects that don't need much post-processing.

The angle can be a bit tight for some situations though so I'd think of getting maybe the 28mm 2.8 as a handy alternative.
reviewer#3836 date: Jul-10-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:7k CZK
positive:long running of manual focusing ring (~135°)
negative:
missing
comment:
missing
reviewer#3796 date: Jul-3-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 1.4 O
Minolta 8 1.4 G D
CZ 16-80
Sony 18-70 kitlens
price paid:399 CDN
positive:Sharp
Quick AF
Great hood
55mm filter threads
Great bokeh with circular aperture
negative:Cheap build
Soft below f/2
comment:This is a great lens. It's autofocus is quick, and is sharp past 2.2. Pretty much the same as the Minolta 50 1.4, but it has 55m threads, new coatings, ADI flash capability, and a great hood. The new coatings also get rid of the sensor flare seen on the Minolta 1.4 which happen at small apertures.
reviewer#3684 date: Jun-6-2008
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:€ 314 (new)
positive:Small
Light
negative:None
comment:Nice lens for stitched panorama shots on the FF
reviewer#3548 date: May-4-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Sony 18-70mm
- Carl Zeiss 16-80mm
price paid:
missing
positive:- amazing image quality
- use in low light situations
- bokeh
- light weigth and convenient size
negative:- focus ring could be bigger
comment:I truly love this lens! While the image quality of the CZ 16-80 is good, there is just something special with the images you get from this little lens. The images are just SO "clear" and colour is great. Bokeh and use in low light is also beautiful on the 50mm. Only negative apart from a small focus ring, is that 50mm is a bit "long" on an APS-C camera.

All in all, a lens I would reccomend to all Minolta/Alpha users! When I want the best image quality and the "special extra", this lens always gets on my camera!
reviewer#3538 date: May-1-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:350 euro
positive:wonderful bokeh
colors
negative:
missing
comment:i can't take this lens off my camera.
reviewer#3263 date: Feb-14-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:330 USD (new)
positive:Sharp, small, light
negative:Narrow focusing ring, plastic construction
comment:This lens is fantastically sharp when stopped down. When wide open, it renders out of focus areas in a very pleasing way. It's excellent for portraits or small groups. It's also good for general walking around use, though at 75mm equivalent on the A-100, it won't be capturing wide angle city/architecture/landscape shots. I have found that using it as a walk-around lens forces you to concentrate on the parts of the scene that really communicate its essence, rather than trying to cram everything into the frame. Because of its wide maximum aperture, it excels in low-light situations, often enabling you to hand-hold without flash at night and in dark places.
reviewer#3259 date: Feb-13-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 17-35 2.8-4
MinO 28/2
MinO 50/1.7
Canon 50/1.8 (on film)
Beercan
price paid:329 EUR
positive:- Professional images
- Tiny DoF
- Nice look
negative:- Soft at f1.4, but very good from f2.
- Tiny rubber grip, not really a problem.
comment:This lens has been reviewed a lot, so I can't add real news. I have it for three months now.

It is much better than my MinO 50/1.7. I didn't expect that, based on the reviews. I like the sharpness at large apertures, although at the maximum apertures it is a bit soft. From f4 on the 1.7 and the 1.4 seem equal (plain sharp). The usefulness around 2-2.8 is what you buy this lens for. It shines there, and produces sharpness and bokeh that will be to your liking.

In the end the 50/1.4 is like that colleague you can trust. It will deliver no matter what the circumstances.

Almost forgot:
Autofocus seemed hit-and-miss on my D5D, but on my A700 it is perfect. That is not because the lens has a flaw, but the D5D just had bad AF.
reviewer#3258 date: Feb-13-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MINOLTA:
AF 80-200 F2.8 HS APO G
AF DT 18-70 F3.5-5.6 (D)
AF 100-300 F4.5-5.6 (D) APO

SIGMA:
AF 10-20 F4-5.6 EX DC

VOIGTLÄNDER:
AF MACRO DYNAR 100 F3.2-3.5
price paid:332 EURO
positive:Super bright
Beatiful bokeh
Very compact & lightweight
Excellent sharpness
negative:Colours little cold
Build so so
Little soft until 1.7
comment:
missing
reviewer#3177 date: Jan-13-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.7, Minolta 50mm f1.4, Carl Zeiss 16-80mm.
price paid:290USD
positive:Compact, light, fast, sharp, dreamy bokeh.
negative:Nothing to speak of.
comment:Basically same as the Minolta ReStyled version, perhaps different lens coating? A bit smarter looking with simplified graphics. Very compact, light, fast and capable in very low light situations, especially with Super Steady Shot image stabilisation. Quick and accurate focusing. Perfect portait lens, and for indoors, night scenes, galleries, museums. Dreamy bokeh. Great for macro work with close up filters or extension tubes. A must have lens in every Dyxum member's kit. In my book worth the extra over the Minolta 50mm f1.7 for the extra speed as well as the bokeh and stopped down sharpness. Reversible bayonet mount sun hood works well to cut flare outdoors. A great portrait lens on APSC sensor bodies (equivalent crop factor focal length is 75mm/f1.4), and on a full frame a900 or a850 camera it's just a delight to use.
reviewer#3147 date: Jan-7-2008
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/2.8 macro
price paid:SEK 4400 (€462) new
positive:-sharp
-good colours
-small & light
negative:-price
comment:I love it. However, perhaps a used 50/1.7 would have served me almost as well for much less money.
It was my walkaround lens with my A100. Now, with my A700, I have less need for really fast glass so my 50/2.8 macro is the new walkaround lens.
Note: I rarely shoot near strong light sources, and know very little about flare. I haven't seen any flare in my shots, but this might just be my lack of knowing what to look for.
reviewer#3142 date: Jan-6-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:sigma 28-70 f/2.8
minolta 17-35 f/2.8-4
sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5
price paid:100€ (used)
positive:Sharpness, small size, excellent build, nice boken, excellent focal in film and digital, fast focus
negative:no hood
comment:For me, this is a mandatory lens, in any system, it should be the first lens that anybody buys, it is such a great focal, and again to me, makes you really think on the photo you're about to perform, and you can control exactly what you want to do. Open wide, it's not very sharp, specially on the edges, but if you put it at f2 its amaizing. The only thing i was expecting a little bit more performance was in focus speed and accuracy. I think it is my sample and that it doesn't occur with every 50mm of these, but the focus speed isn't fast enough for what i was expecting ( my minolta 17-35 is better ) and the accuracy when you want small transitions in focus (like a nose to an eye on a subject face) can result badly. I experienced this in both film and digital (with dynax 7 and 7D) so i think it is from the lens. Even with this small problem, i think it is an amaizing lens that focus fast.
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rating summary

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  • total reviews: 138
  • sharpness: 4.70
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.20
  • distortion: 4.79
  • flare control: 4.49
  • overall: 4.59

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