Minolta MD 50mm F1.7 Review

So I recently wrote an article about how to use vintage lenses on a mirrorless camera system. You can find that here

Since then I’ve also been shooting with an old Minolta MD 50MM F1.7 lens. I have to say this is equally as good as my other manual vintage lenses. I’ve taken a range of photos with it and it’s impressive for the money. 

I got my example for less than £50 on eBay. Very reasonable considering the Sony E mount lens is £192 at the time of writing. 

A few things to remember:

  • No auto focus
  • No EXIF data stored 
  • Needs an adaptor to work with the Sony body

Its not hard to focus with manual lenses due to the Sony a6000 offering focus peaking (on focus areas highlighted on screen) along with 11x focus magnification. You really can nail focus each time. 

I’ve enjoyed using the Minolta lens and at 75mm on the APS-C body it’s good for portraits too. 

Bokeh is nice. Not as nice as my Helios lens. But it’s certainly not bad. 

I’ve attached some photos to show how it performs. 

For less than £50 a very capable lens. 

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