Top 10 Minolta legacy lenses!

Started Apr 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
RussellInCincinnati
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In reply to havoc315, 3 months ago

heliguy wrote: Minolta made a lot of good glass both AF and MF. Was wondering what the ultimate top 10 list of Minolta lenses would be. I have the Minolta 50mm f1.4 that should surely make the list, it's my fave legacy lens. I'm not very familiar with the entire product family. What's your Minolta top 10?

Well one tends to be reticent about talking up lenses that you might buy some day. Would just as soon people continue to think that the Minolta AF 50/1.7 is a terrible lens...because look how bad it is at precisely f/1.7 all over, and still bad in the extreme corners wider than F/3.2. Considering that my copy (that someone gave me for nothing) took a short roll on the sidewalk yesterday. Wondering if it's worse for wear/bears replacement.

So remember, dear reader, that the Minolta AF 50/1.7 has just terrible lens tests compared to the Sony FE 55/1.8, Zeiss Otus 55, Sigma 50/1.4, Sony/Zeiss ZA 50/1.4, etc. Surely to your photographic skills, that lens brings no justice.

havoc315 wrote: I was shooting with the 50-1.7 last night. Rarely use it, but giving it a second look with the a99.

It is capable of good shots and a great value for $60-$80. But it is not a particularly good lens.

So true.

Need to stop it down just to get acceptable sharpness.

Yes, was forced all the way down to F/2.2 today for this one.

Bad contrast. For a prime, it has a lot distortion.

First time have heard of 0.4% as "a lot of distortion." Can you link us to sub-$1000-dollar 50mm F/1.7 fixed-focal length full frame lenses with significantly less?

Yes, when used properly, with good post processing, it can deliver. But I would never use it as a model of Minolta lenses.

While we're at it, would pity owners of the Minolta AF 85/1.4's bad corner resolution wide open.

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