Minolta AF 20mm F2.8 RS A-mount lens review by rhy7s

reviewer#3057 date: Dec-9-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:18-70mm kit
price paid:350 USD (used)
positive:Excellent colour and great sharpness, fast focus.
negative:Flare, you still have to deal with a bit of distortion, even on APS-C. Hood and cap don't get along (should have a centre pinch cap).
comment:Images have a lot more depth than the 18-70mm kit lens, and that sort of 'liquid' colour you get from the beercan. Sharpness is pretty decent once you get a stop or two down. There's still a bit more distortion than I would have expected from a prime on a crop camera but it is manageable. Flare can be a problem in landscapes when the sun gets anywhere near the frame. I still find it a fun and useful lens on a 1.5× crop sensor.

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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