The fabulous Minolta 50/2.8 macro

Started Dec 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
clarkt Contributing Member • Posts: 713
Re: The fabulous Minolta 50/2.8 macro

thebustos wrote:

Does anybody have a comment as to how this compares to the newer Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro? And before I forget which Minolta 50mm Macro is this (there are three at f/2.8)?
Good luck and happy shooting!

Yes. I use both the Min 50 and Sony 50 macros on my a700. As far as sharpness goes, I have not noticed any diff between the Minolta and Sony versions. The Minolta macro has noticeably warmer colors than the Sony, but exhibits some 'color noise' (for lack of a better word) when compared to the Sony version. In fact, I find that all my Minolta lenses have this subtle speckled effect on my digital camera. But after all, they were not originally designed for digital and I do notice it.

Here is a collection of rose pics I took, hand-held, using the Minolta 50/2.8, and you can see the colors are fabulous:

And some other botanicals with the Minolta lens:

I also have the Sony 100/2.8 macro. In my opinion it delivers superior IQ over the Minolta and Sony 50mm macro lenses. But due to MFD you just can get as close to your subject, obviously.

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