Minolta AF 20mm F2.8 RS A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#18375 date: Oct-14-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony SEL1810, Tamron 11-18, Tamron 10-24, Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15 mk3, Sigma 12-24 DG.
price paid:£160.00
positive:Very fast focus, manual or auto. Or set to f8 and don't focus at all. It's all good. Great colours and very sharp for a super wide angle. Generally makes great looking images.
negative:As with virtually all super wide angle lenses, flare can let it down.
comment:If you have a full frame Sony you should own this lens. It works on E-mount with the LA-EA4 brilliantly. As a manual focus lens it is a delight ( one finger focus ) with the LA-EA3 and it's brilliant on the A-mount cameras.
reviewer#12003 date: Oct-17-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Contax G 28/2,8 Biogon
price paid:eur 200 2nd hand
positive:Compact
Light weight
right angle of view
negative:...it's a-mount native...
comment:As e-mount lacks wide lenses I decided to but this one and use on my A7R
Even it needs LAEA4 to work AF it remains a quite compact and light set up which fits my needs
Distortion is a no-problem so far as adobe released a correct lens profile which correct it hassle-free
I recomemd this lens for any A7 shooters looking for a wide lens
reviewer#11330 date: Sep-5-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp from edge to edge (@f 7,1-8).
Not heavy, small size.
Price.
negative:Focus-Shift.
comment:This lens makes a lot of fun, especially in landscape-photography! I have never seen such a quality at the edges!
reviewer#10117 date: Apr-13-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 12-24mm
KM 17-35mm
price paid:
missing
positive:Great corner sharpness
Compact
negative:Poor distortion for a prime
Prone to flare
comment:While it's far from being the sharpest prime I've ever used it's good by wide angle standards, most importantly unlike many wide angle lenses the corner sharpness holds up really well on this lens.

However both distortion and flare control could be better, if this lens catches flare it will wash out your image. The sigma 12-24mm was much stronger on those aspects.
reviewer#9681 date: Dec-7-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 50/1.7
Sony 50/1.4
Sony 35/1.8
price paid:£250 (used)
positive:wide lens
size/weight
work with Flash
negative:AF biased towards inf
comment:Those are my only wide-angle lenses, bought primary for the indoor architecture work and landscape. I also tend to do portraits with them - wide lenses give a very different and stunning results, even on my APS-C body.
Those lenses are sharp, and when correctly used sharp from 2.8, thought read on about AF.

What I really dont like is the AF - it seems to be back-focusing and I cant verify it on my A55. Because of focal length this makes pictures less sharp that they should be - this is especial visible when taking photos of group of people. I go MF a lot just to correct for it. It seems that problem is gone by ~F7.By this time DOP is huge enough to cover the problem. I also tried short focusing or per-focusing a few times before I take a shot.

Wide open they are not as sharp as 50/1.4 but once step down, they start to match. In low light they behave different to 50/1.4 or 35/1.8 giving a softer image - useful for some.
Used with flash they provide stunning results - AF problem is much less visible and I just love sharpness and colors


Overall, is one of my most used lenses, providing me with some really stunning photos. If only AF would be less temperamental...

UPDATED: AF paragraph, sharpness notes
reviewer#8648 date: Feb-11-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24mm
CZ 16-80mm
price paid:300 USD
positive:Sharp-corner to corner
Consistent & accurate color
Flare is easy to control
Tough little lens
negative:Distortion
Takes more time to compose
comment:This lens is a terrific performer on the FF a850. It allows for great coverage and appears to have no trouble with light fall-off or vignetting (except see below). The distortion is to be expected on a lens of this type, but I have either used it to my advantage or corrected it in PTLens. I will probably order the grid viewing screen for the a850 as the multiple lines will help in keeping the horizon straight. It is unquestionably a very sharp lens in the center and out at the corners. Maybe f2.8 might be a little soft but f4-8 is just outstanding. I have not tried it on the a700 simply because I have the CZ 16-80 to handle the focal range. On full-frame, it is, of course, a little wider than the 16mm on crop sensor. Very nice to have this angle of view. It is small and light. I have experimented with a polarizer and get a slight bit of vignetting. Using this filter on such a wide angle lens can also be problematic, because the tone value of the sky is affected by the angle to the sun. It is becoming a favorite on the a850; however, you must slow down and take your time in composing. Otherwise I end up with some very sloppy shots.
reviewer#8522 date: Jan-15-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Konica Minolta 17-35 F2.8-4D
Minolta 24 F2.8
price paid:378
positive:sharp, good flare control, light weight, 72mm filter for a 20mm
negative:not D lens, hood is bit tight on my lens, not easy to remove
comment:I bought this lens for a week and really love it, i also have a KM 17-35 which is good for its range, I am thinking for keeping both of them as I hope will get a ff soon.

20mm F2.8 is sharp on my a700, sharp even as the corner, and it is very light comparing to 17-35, like it
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 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.
reviewer#7512 date: May-30-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Lightweight
Wide on FF and usable in APSC
Nicely built
Sharp wide open
Fast focusing
Great color
72mm ring thread
MFD 25cm!!!
negative:None so far
comment:This is my wide angle lens. Very happy to get in mint condition. Body and optic is perfect.

This lens rocks, the distortin is well controlled. Much more than 17-35 minolta. The colou is great. And above all. Its sharp from wide open. f8 for landscape just magnificent.
reviewer#6761 date: Jan-16-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:24/28 Minolta's
Pentax SMC 28/35
price paid:$300
positive:Sharp
Fast
Color
Distortion Control
MFD!
negative:Costs Money...
comment:I got a good deal on this one, and the seller didn't even know it was the circular aperture RS, nor could I be sure before I bid...bonus.

I liked this one's photos so much that I went out and bought a new lens hood from Sony ($35 bux!) and some chunky 72mm filters for it...but per usual I prefer to "go commando" most of the time! I love the huge Minolta Branded lens cap, hehe ; )

I guess this lens spends the most time on my camera these days (I own 25 different Minotla compatable lenses) because I can count on it to shoot fast, no MFD issues, and it's REALLY sharp....really. My subject matter at the moment is a quick little guy who can change his expression 5 times a second!

Because of that I should probably sell my 24 and 28 but it's hard to do at these prices...

-Shootist
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 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.
reviewer#6349 date: Nov-9-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 24mm f2.8
- Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
price paid:300 Euro
positive:- sharp
- light
- fast
- great build
- low distortion
negative:- soft corners wide-open
- vignetting wide-open
comment:Got this mint condition 2nd generation 20mm to fill the wide-angle gap that opened up after moving to full-frame.
It's performing very well on the a900. Center sharpness is very good. Stopped down to f5.6, corners are getting sharp, too. At f11 there is nothing to complain about, great sharpness corner to corner.
reviewer#6140 date: Sep-29-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Nikkor 14-24mm 2,8 AFS
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness, build quality, AF, accuracy, colours, bokeh
negative:None!
comment:This is the best 20mm fix lens on the market! Never regretted a penny!
reviewer#6064 date: Sep-16-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 24mm f/2.8 RS
- Minolta 28mm f/2
- Konica Minolta 17-35mm f/2.8-4
- Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG
price paid:
missing
positive:- plenty sharp at f/2.8
- very sharp by f/4
- well built, more like a 4.5
- well-controlled distortion
- circular aperture blades
- light
negative:- front element's quite exposed
- tiny focus ring
comment:very easy to let your fingers touch the front element while manually focusing. problem can be alleviated with lens hood attached.
reviewer#5530 date: Jun-15-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 20mm f2.8
price paid:300 EUR
positive:Focal
Weigth
Size
Build quality
Sharpness
Colors
Distorsion
negative:Front cap difficult to remove
comment:This lens has fantastic colors, it's very sharp even wide open and on f8 it is superb in all senses, just sharp center to border, no vignetting, very low distorsion.

AF is really fast on A900 and size is very moderate.
IQ wise it's an excellent lens.

reviewer#3755 date: Jun-24-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:20/2.8 (Old)
24/2.8 (RS)
28/2.8 (So)
35/2.0 (Old)
50/1.4 (So)
50/1.4 (old)
50/3.5 Macro
SAL-18-250
price paid:400 CHF
positive:- Build
- Zoom Ring
- Weight
- F2.8
- Sharpness
- Circular aperture
negative:- None
comment:I initially was not so happy. I had this lens twice. On the first go, i would have rated it as not sharp enough. Then i changed over to a 20/2.8 (Old Style) and it became one of my favorite lenses. Be cause of that i struggled over another 20/2.8 RS and i changed back again. I am really happy with the lens. Specially doing landscape in low light conditions

It has less disortion @20mm than the SAL-18250 and better speed with 2.8 compared to 3.5.

The RS is harder to find and when found mostly more expensiv than the old one.

Why i chaned back? Well simple. The design matches more the style my other lenses. Sony and Minolta RS.

I am seaking to replace the 35/2.0 to an RS too. But hard to find.

The IQ of old and new are identical. The bokeh looks slightly different due to the circular aperture of the RS. But really minimal.

Highly recomended!! Get one.
reviewer#3159 date: Jan-9-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina 17 3.5, Min 28 2.8, Sig 18-125, Min 24-105, CZ 16-80, Min 50 1.4
price paid:350 USD (used)
positive:Sharp, reliable AF, solid build
negative:Man focus ring could be a bit wider but it's better than the old style.
comment:I had purchased a Sigma 24 1.8 and must have gotten a bad copy. I sent it back and got this instead. I'm much happier with this lens. I bought it to use mainly indoors with poor light. I trust the sharpness from f3.2 on up and will use f2.8 on occasion. At f4 and above, it's as sharp as anything I've shot with. I've given it a 5 for distortion because it does exactly what I expect a 20 to do. I do like to shoot wide and close so this lens is almost always on when I'm indoors.
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 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.
reviewer#3034 date: Dec-4-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:18-70 KM kit
Beercan
50mm (f1.7)
price paid:600 NZD
positive:Sharp
Low distortion
Build
Resolution
negative:none
comment:Ideal lens for landscape and city/street photography. I was a bit hesitating to buy this lens but it's well worth its price. I was looking for some serious and affordable wide angle lens with no major compromises, zooms cannot compare to this prime.
reviewer#2950 date: Nov-21-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:great build
negative:not too sharp, especially wide open
comment:
missing
reviewer#2633 date: Aug-15-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF24 f2.8
price paid:350usd(Used)
positive:+Wide enough even on 1.5x crop 5D
+Good minimum focus distance
+excellent color rendition
+Good sharpness
+usable wideopen
+fast AF
negative:-MF ring feels flimsy
-plastic body
-occasional flare issue(I don't have the stock hood)
-noticable distortion when shooting specific objects
comment:My primary landscape/traveling/sightseeing photography lens. Relatively compact so it's not hard to find room for it in the bag. Compared to the AF24/2.8 that I owned before it has a appreciable gain in wideness on 5D, and obviously very wide for any film camera. Good for indoor use as well using higher iso at wider end of the aparture with nice and close minimum focus distance and good coverage. I love this lens.
reviewer#1993 date: Mar-19-2007
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:sigma 20/1,8 EX DG
price paid:325USD
positive:size, weight, sharpness
negative:flares
comment:I have exchanged the sigma 20/1,8 for this lens. Only weight and size were the reason. Not able to compare the results anymore, but I think the image quality is the same, apart the DOF that 1,8 offers.

The sigma 20/1,8 is better performer against the light, and is its flare control is rated to 5. While this minolta is a 3 points performance against the sun, or source of the light. I like the aperture blades on sigma more as well.

Anyway, I am very satisfied, and my lineup consists of small, light lenses, that allows me to take them all whereever I go.
reviewer#1890 date: Feb-24-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 18-70 f 3.5-5.6 (kit lens)
price paid:260 € (as new)
positive:Very low distortion, very sharp from f 5.6, nice colours, quick AF, lightweight
negative:AF sometimes a little undecided in low light conditions
comment:A great wide angle for outdoor use. At similar apertures, it is significantly better than the kit lens, by a bit in the center but by much (!) at the borders and in the corners. Amazingly little barrel distortion (although there is still some if you really look for it). Colours and contrast are similar to other Minolta primes (e.g. 50 f 1.7). Combine these three properties and you have a brillant lens for landscapes. Sharpness decreases at large apertures but is still OK. In low light the AF needs to be checked as it may focus somewhat differently in two identical shots (on my 5D). I have no problems with the MF ring.
reviewer#1671 date: Jan-18-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-35 and MNinolta 28mmF2,8
price paid:200USD(used)
positive:It has no distorsion, before I've tried a Tamron Zoom 17-35 and put it to the trash (I sold it !) when I compare that point.
negative:Same as other guys, the rubber ring but not really a problem.
comment:A very good buy at a professional dealer with a guarantee, a real bargain !
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 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:
missing
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
reviewer#1201 date: Sep-18-2006
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:KM 17-35 2.8-4D
M 28/2
KM 11-18 DT
price paid:
missing
positive:Flare Control, Distortion
negative:Vignetting
comment:Distortion very well controlled, and flare control extremely good!
One great thing about this lens is that the colour is very good, and cooler then the KM 17-35D. It is also more similar to the other Minolta lenses.
As a old wide angle this lens vignets quite a bit at 2.8 and also a bit at 4. Contrast is also lower at 2.8. Resolution ok at all stops though.
reviewer#885 date: Jun-5-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina 17/3.5 for Canon FD
Canon 24/1.4L FDn
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharpness and flare control is absolutele top notch.
negative:Well, maybe the small focus ring, but I seldom use it in MF anyway
comment:Simply a joy to use, both on film and 1.5x digital.
reviewer#837 date: May-26-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:24 f2.8, 28 f2
price paid:
missing
positive:Compact. Light weight. Sharp.
Good price. Close focusing.
Takes 72mm flters.
negative:Narrow manual focus ring.
Not metal bodied.
comment:This is a fun lens to use.
reviewer#813 date: May-19-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:sigma 18-35/3.5-4.5
sigma 17-35/2.8-4 EX
minolta 28-75/2.8
sigma 20/1.8
price paid:
missing
positive:outstanding image quality
very, very sharp
circular aperture
amazing bokeh
very close minimum focus distance
nice hood
negative:wish minolta made this lens as maybe a 15mm or 17mm
comment:out of my current 5-pack lineup (20|50|85|100|200), this lens is blowing my mind!

i had the sigma 17-35/2.8-4 EX for a couple of months...it was OK, not bad actually...much better than the sigma 18-35 non-EX...it was fairly sharp and had good color...there was really no way of creating pretty bokeh with it, as the minimum focus factored in with the focal length didn't warrant that type of photography.

this lens, the 20/2.8rs...wow, i can get to within 250mm to the CCD...i can create incredible bokeh with it.

then i imported the photos into my mac to check them out...holy, freaking sharp!

is it possible to get a 20mm this sharp???...you bet, and they did it with this lens!

i was always pretty negative about finding a sharp-wide lens, but the search is over.

this lens is sitting with the big leaguers in my setup (200/2.8G, 85/1.4G(D), etc) and it really, truly holds it's place well!

i have not owned it for very long yet, but it's one of those lenses where your gut tells you that she'll be with you for life (as long as sony doesn't create a better prime with say, a 15mm focal length-non-fisheye)

can't recommend this lens enough, really!
reviewer#685 date: Apr-15-2006
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 20-35/3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Great sharpness, excellent distortion control
negative:Small focusing ring
comment:I felt sorry for this lens, which has been in my Minolta collection for quite some time before I finally took it out for regular use, only after I got great results from Nikkor's 20/2.8. Much sharper than the less expensive zoom version, and the quality explains the price difference
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 35
  • sharpness: 4.56
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.60
  • distortion: 4.29
  • flare control: 4.34
  • overall: 4.52

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