Olympus OM 50mm 1.8 Review – A Brief Look

The OM 50mm 1.8 was the standard kit lens for the Olympus OM series film cameras.  Olympus made quite a few good lenses and in this review I would like to explore the standard 50mm to see where it stands.

There are multiple versions of this lens.  The consensus is the later versions are better optically, with the “made in japan” version being the best due to a sticky aperture fix and multi-coating improvements.

  • Silvernose – “F.ZUIKO” label with a silver ring on the front.  Single coated, 6 elements in 5 groups.
  • Blacknose – “F.ZUIKO” label without the silver ring.  Single coated, same 6/5 optics.
  • MC – “ZUIKO MC Japan” label.  Multi coated, new 6 elements in 4 groups design.
  • Made in Japan (This Review) – “ZUIKO made in Japan” label.  Multi coated, same 6/4 optics.

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Minolta MD 50mm f/2 Review

The 1981 Minolta MD 50mm f/2 was introduced as an alternative to the standard f/1.7 kit for Minolta film cameras.  It was built on the 3rd generation MD mount (MD-III) for full compatibility with Minolta’s latest features.  This lens has become one of my favorites to use on the a7 and in this review I’ll cover how I came to that conclusion.


Minolta MD-III 50/2 – f/8


Minolta MD-III 50/2 – f/4


Minolta MD-III 50/2 – f/2

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Sony E 50mm 1.8 OSS Review

The modern APS-C nifty-fifty from Sony has been around for a while now.  It’s been reviewed many times but I’d like to take a look at it myself in this review.

product-3The lens is made of a lightweight metal exterior and contains plastic parts inside.  Handling feels good on the a6300 – I quickly forget there’s a lens on the camera when shooting.  The focus ring is smooth but not buttery.  The focus-by-wire mechanism works well with this lens and while I don’t have any issues using it, it’s not as nice as a dedicated manual focus experience.

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Minolta MC 58mm 1.4 Review – On the a6300

The 1969 Minolta 58mm f/1.4 is a fast vintage lens for Minolta SLR cameras of the age.  It was positioned between the budget kit 55mm f/1.7 and the premium 58mm f/1.2 as the middle lens in Minoltas standard lens lineup.  In this review, I’m going to take a look at how it performs and handles on the Sony a6300.


This isn’t the smallest vintage lens I’ve used, nor the lightest.  At 275g (0.6 lbs) it adds noticeable weight to the camera but it’s not so heavy that it causes issues.  With the adapter, it’s about as big as the Sony SEL 50mm f/1.8, which isn’t all that bad.  Build quality is fantastic, as with most lenses of the time – the all metal body is built to last and my copy is still in great shape.

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