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 Post subject: Minolta 50mm f1.7 '85
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 11:04 pm 
I have been raving about this lens on this forum so I think a review would be fair.

Pros
* Build and design, metal and glass, not like those modern plastic things
* Great colors
* Sharp
* Fast AF (compared to other lenses this age)
* Cheap
Cons
* non-circular aperture
* Strenge bokeh wide open
* Small focus ring

This changed the way I do photography. I couldn't really see the value of primes when you get so much more with flexibility with zooms, but was I wrong. This is currently my favorite lens - sharp, great colors, focal length and weight makes this lens city lens of choice. The f1.7 makes this lens ideal to capture Paris by night.

Sample shots:
50mm @ f6.3 100% crop
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18-70 Kit @ f6.3 100% crop
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50mm DOF sample
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50mm random sample
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Nice shots Rune!


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I like the last two but to me the first two look out of focus. Is this deliberate? Am I hallucinating?

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I assume the first two are crops to show the difference between the two lenses. So yes, they are borderline sharp.
Are we right, Rune? From which part of the pic did you take the crops?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:25 am 
Oh yes, the two first are center crops such that you can A/B the 50mm and 18-70mm kit. You can se difference in sharpness and color if you look closely. The light is not that good so I might change them so it's more obvious.

edit: no post processing on the samples.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:03 am 
I know it's too late for this thread but does this lens do good macro ?
I think am gonna buy one for a cheap price and am desprate for macro.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:02 pm 
It doesn't focus close enough for macro (1/6.66). I have read about some using this lens with extension tubes, that way you have a cheap macro.

The beercan on the other hand can focus down to 1/4 and delivers reasonable macro and really smooth out of focus areas, but not as sharp as a specialized macro lens, and as close focusing. You can see a macro shot here.


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Is this an MD mount lens? I have a manual focus 50/1.7 MD mount. I just ordered an adapter ring off of ebay to use it and my other Minolta lenses on my Canon XT. I hope it works.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 6:44 pm 
Nope, this is the AF version.


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Did the AF version use a different mount?


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