Because, people ask about the 50mm lenses all the time. Minolta made 4 different 50mm lenses.
- Minolta Maxxum 50mm f1.7 is the most common standard Minolta lens. A nice inexpensive lens that doubles as a portrait lens on APS cameras (75mm equivalent).
- Minolta Maxxum 50mm f1.4 is similar to the f1.7 but with a larger aperture and some say better image quality. More expensive and much harder to find.
- Minolta Maxxum 50mm f2.8 macro. This slow focusing, close up lens is one of the sharpest lenses of all time. Works well as a normal lens if one is wiling to accept the slower focusing speed.
- Minolta Maxxum 50mm f3.5. Slightly sharper even than the f2.8 macro! Slightly faster focusing but the macro magnification is less at 2:1. Probably my favorite Minolta lens.