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

reviewer#6536 date: Dec-6-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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:Minolta 20mm F2.8 original, Minolta 28mm F2, Minolta 28mm F2.8
price paid:au$125
positive:A good lens, my second copy of this model, good colour, well built and sharp if stopped down "several" stops.
negative:Not as sharp as the original version.
comment:Although I often support the RS versions as being equal to or surpassing the originals that they replace, this is one example where the RS version is not quite as good as the first version - and I both own and have used several copies of both. The original is sharp from F2.8, and razor sharp right into the corners when stopped down one stop. This version really needs to be stopped right back to equal it. Both versions, as with many lenses, need a larger and more versatile hood to combat problems with flare. I always add a large collapsible rubber hood to my copies.

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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