First Weekend with the Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7

Bought this lens off eBay. It has a minimum aperture lock, so according to a Wikipedia entry, it should be a post-1981 lens. I’m using it as a manual lens on the Sony Alpha 7 body.

Alpha7 with Minolta MD 50mm

Alpha7 with Minolta MD 50mm

The Alpha 7 has a couple of features which help manual focusing i.e. focus peaking which highlights the in-focus edges in red, yellow or white, and magnification which blows up a small area to fill the whole EVF or rear LCD (I prefer looking through the EVF). Having said this, I had some time struggling to shoot at f/1.7 — nailing the focus probably only 70% of the time during the first weekend. Hopefully my hit rate will improve.

I found it nevertheless fun. 🙂

Girl Getting Ready for a Swim (50mm, f/1.7, 1/2000s)

Girl Getting Ready for a Swim (50mm, f/1.7, 1/2000s)

Pre-swim Shower (50mm, f/1.7, 1/1600s)

Pre-swim Shower (50mm, f/1.7, 1/1600s)

Umbrella (50mm, f/1.7, 1/400s)

Umbrella (50mm, f/1.7, 1/400s)

Texture (50mm, f/1.7, 1/400s)

Texture (50mm, f/1.7, 1/400s)

Planks (50mm, f/1.7, 1/1250s)

Planks (50mm, f/1.7, 1/1250s)

Penchai (50mm, f/1.7, 1/60s)

Penchai (50mm, f/1.7, 1/60s)

Cheers! (50mm, f/1.7, 1/60s)

Cheers! (50mm, f/1.7, 1/60s)

Construction along River Valley Road (50mm, f/1.7, 1/1000s)

Construction along River Valley Road (50mm, f/1.7, 1/1000s)

Passerby's (50mm, f/1.7, 1/1600s)

Passerby’s (50mm, f/1.7, 1/1600s)

Alighting (50mm, f/1.7, 1/800s)

Alighting (50mm, f/1.7, 1/800s)

Taking a Break (50mm, f/1.7, 1/5000s)

Taking a Break (50mm, f/1.7, 1/5000s)

Making Sure the Kids Finish Their Homework (50mm, f/1.7, 1/200s)

Making Sure the Kids Finish Their Homework (50mm, f/1.7, 1/200s)

I’m looking forward to more weekends with this 50mm prime lens. Meanwhile, I have also managed to snatch a 200mm off eBay and now waiting for it to be delivered! 🙂