Minolta AF 20mm F2.8 RS A-mount lens review by DcapVividOptic

reviewer#1470 date: Nov-23-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Min 20/2.8 MinO & MinRS, Sig 24/1.8 EX DG, Min 24/2.8 MinO & Min RS, Min 28/2 MinO & MinRS, KM 17-35D, Canon AF 20/2.8 & 24/2.8, Voigtlander 21/4 (Bessa)
price paid:
positive:- size for focal length
- AF
negative:- price compared to Sig EX DG (new)
comment:This is really a joint & comparison review with the other version (MinO & RS)

The MinRS gets the edge over the MinO due to the circular aperture.

Its sharp enough, but could be sharper, colors are slightly better on the MinO version I think

Distortion very well controlled.

Build is the same, although I prefer the MinO by a touch, feels just a little bit more solid. The manual focus ring is more user-frienfly on the MinRS, but certainly still very good on the MinO - don't let the manual focus put you off, its one of the better ones.

I would recommend a good hard look at the Sig EX DG range if you are looking for a 20/24/28 prime. I've had the lot and the Sig EX's get the edge on several counts: manual focus ring, 9 blades. But if you absolutely must got Minolta, I think the MinO is better value for money

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 37
  • sharpness: 4.51
  • color: 4.81
  • build: 4.57
  • distortion: 4.27
  • flare control: 4.32
  • overall: 4.50
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