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

reviewer#7868 date: Aug-26-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:Tokina 17
Sigma 17-35
Minolta 24 RS
price paid:usd 335 used
positive:Minolta colors
negative:Edge distortion
comment:I just can't get to like this lens. It does everything just about right, and it's small, with wonderful colors and a 72mm filter (which I like) -- but it just leaves me dissatisfied. It was enjoyable on the A700. On my A900, there's always more edge distortion than I expect, and it's never quite crisp enough in the image. I prefer the Tok and Sigma over it. I've tried the artaphot shim removal, (and it was very easy to do) but that made almost no difference to my dissatisfaction, so I put the shims back. It's exactly why some lenses are keepers -- but this one, I'm sorry to say, isn't, for me. I actually prefer to take two Min 35/2 landscapes and stitch them together to using this lens. It's not at all bad, but it's just not pleasing to me.

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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