Does Minolta 50mm F1.7 Auto Focus work with Sony A55?

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mugupo
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Does Minolta 50mm F1.7 Auto Focus work with Sony A55?
Aug 29, 2010

How does that compare to Sony 50mm F1.8? Used Minolta 50mm 1.7 is like $50 in ebay compare to $150 new one from Sony.

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In reply to mugupo, Aug 29, 2010

All Minolta Maxxum, or A-mount, lenses work on all Sony DSLRs and the A33 and A55, with full normal autofocus.

The old Minolta lenses don't have modern coatings which are typically applied to digital-developed lenses, but when it comes down to it, most feel the old Minolta lenses can perform every bit as well. Even if some think the Sony 50mm F1.8 is better, I don't think anyone could argue about the Minolta 50mm F1.7 having more 'bang for the buck' - it's hard to beat for the money. I've had one for years, and it's a great little lens. Caution when buying - try to make sure there are no issues with sticking aperture blades or excess oil on the blades, as it can cause optical problems...it doesn't happen often, but if the lens was stored in humid or hot locations, left on car dashboards, or generally abused, it can occur. Or at least buy somewhere with a guarantee and return policy.

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Check this thread you started yesterday. It should tell you.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1037&message=36159137

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In reply to mugupo, Aug 29, 2010

you just spend some time on dyxum and read the reviews?

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zackiedawg wrote:

All Minolta Maxxum, or A-mount, lenses work on all Sony DSLRs and the A33 and A55, with full normal autofocus.

The old Minolta lenses don't have modern coatings which are typically applied to digital-developed lenses, but when it comes down to it, most feel the old Minolta lenses can perform every bit as well. Even if some think the Sony 50mm F1.8 is better, I don't think anyone could argue about the Minolta 50mm F1.7 having more 'bang for the buck' - it's hard to beat for the money. I've had one for years, and it's a great little lens. Caution when buying - try to make sure there are no issues with sticking aperture blades or excess oil on the blades, as it can cause optical problems...it doesn't happen often, but if the lens was stored in humid or hot locations, left on car dashboards, or generally abused, it can occur. Or at least buy somewhere with a guarantee and return policy.

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Is the aperture electronically controlled too?

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Yes.

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In reply to mugupo, Feb 13, 2011

mugupo wrote:

How does that compare to Sony 50mm F1.8? Used Minolta 50mm 1.7 is like $50 in ebay compare to $150 new one from Sony.

I use the Minolta lens on my A55 with great results.

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Tom

Look at the picture, not the pixels

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25301400@N00/

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Yes it is.
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In reply to zackiedawg, Feb 13, 2011

If you get a good copy of the lens - it is a good buy. So, for $50 - might be worth a look. I happen to have a good copy and use it for low light no flash and some close up flower pictures. I think I paid $60 -65 for mine 3-4 years ago - the going price was a little higher then.

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