The Minolta 50mm f/3,5 Macro lens is an old standard focal length macro. On APS-C it´s a short tele about 75mm.
Build quality of this lens is fine and feels good. Manual focus is easy with Fuji´s focus peaking. This macro only focuses to 1:2, so it requires extension or teleconverter to get to 1:1 or greater. When using 1:1, however, focusing is a little difficult. You need a tripod also. The lens has 55mm filter threads. Minimum focus distance is 0.23m (9 in). Bokeh is nice and creamy, typical for Minolta lenses. The lens produces saturated colors and tones, especially when using fuji´s filmsimulations
- Sharp Center at f/3.5
- Sharp across the field at f/4 and up.
- Well corrected for aberrations.
If you looking for an inexpensive Macro lens and don´t mind to focus manual, you should give this one a try or even go for the Minolta 100mm f/4 Macro MD with the 1:1 extension tube. How different does the Minolta performs compared to Fuji´s XF-60mm Macro lens? There are just two different lenses and you need to try to find out, which one you prefer in regards of handling and colors they produce.