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Owner reviews: Minolta AF 50 mm f/ 1.7 (RS)
In many ways, feels like the old Rokkor version; very Minolta colors, etc. Does better than the older version on APS-C. Screw-driven AF works quite well. Body is metal with some plastic, not as solid as the manual-focus Rokkors, but very good.
The built-in hood is utterly worthless and tends to trap dirt, etc. I bet most users don't even realize it has the hood. The manual focus ring is still very narrow, but the rounded rubber works a little better than the original hard plastic. IQ is respectable against modern AF normals, but there are better ones now, and the APS-C only Sony f/1.8 is better on APS-C.
These are a real bargain and work well on E-mount bodies using LA-EA2/4 for fast AF.