Monday, November 20, 2017

Early At The Fair, Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7

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Minolta Alpha Sweet, Minolta AF 50mm 1:1.7

Early At The Fair, Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7

'Street Photography - Early at the fair with the Minolta Alpha Sweet and Minolta Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7'

After doing a stint with the Minolta AF 35-70mm F4 previously, I am moving next to the Minolta AF 50mm F1.7, fitted to the Minolta Alpha Sweet 35mm SLR.

The A-mount Minolta AF 50mm F1.7 is a very compact lens, the smallest that Minolta made during its production run, shipped as a 'kit' lens type. The filter size is 49mm.

The unit I was using was the restyled (RS) version of the 1990s. Fit and finish is good, the lens has plastic exterior, sports a stylized rubber grip around the barrel and focus ring, and is fitted with a stainless steel mount.

The lens also houses a nifty but shallow built-in hood which you need to pull out of the body mount to use. The hood does not provide much shade though.

On the Alpha Sweet, the AF 50mm auto-focuses quickly and accurately, and being the RS version, the focus throw is shorter than the original non-RS version.

Manual focusing is equally easy, quick, and smooth with the 1/4 turn from close-in to infinity. The feet and meter focus distance scales are engraved on an inner barrel which is visual through a window opening. DoF (Depth of Field) hash marks are engraved on the outer barrel.

As for the event itself, my visit was early in the day the fair started, stalls and sellers are set and ready while the crowd was just trickling in. I had a roll of Kodak ColorPlus 200 installed in the camera, grabbed these few shots, and a few more, but decided later that on the post-processed black and whites are the better option for this presentation.

Minolta Alpha Sweet, Maxxum AF 50mm f/1.7

The camera and lens combination was light and handy, functioned flawlessly, and I was happy to see that the lens stood up to its billing. Minolta A-mount lens, is of course, completely functional with Sony Alpha A-mount APS-C or Full-Frame cameras.

Post-processing was initially done on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and print finishing on Google NIK Silver Efex Pro 2 and Sharpener Pro 3.


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