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

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reviewer#37834 date: Apr-17-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:Sigma 24mm f2.8 "Super-Wide II"
Tokina 20-35mm 3.5-4.5
Vivitar (Cosina) Series 1 19-35mm 3.5-4.5
price paid:250.00 GBP
positive:Compact and light. 72mm filter ring. minimum focus distance (compared to the zooms)
negative:No real issues. Marked vignetting when standard circular polariser attached. (a low profile filter would be a better option).
comment:I bought this lens to expand my Minolta AF lens collection, and to take advantage of the non rotating front element when using filters. I already have a number of 72mm filters.

I'm delighted with It's compact size and weight.

Optically it's a fine lens. The distortions are quite complex, and care needs to be taken when doing architectural images. These are not really noticeable in most other situations and are part of the character of images made with this type of lens.

I find vignetting is not a problem when using the standard Lee filter ring adapter (a low profile type would probably be better but not absolutely necessary).

I doubt if there would be much advantage over the Sony 16-50 f2.8 on my A77 and have not tried it out.

Some previous reviews have remarked the AF is noisy. I don't think so.

I was expecting to see an improvement in IQ over the Tokina zoom and was not disappointed, but a prime lens ought to be better than a zoom in any case. (The SAL 16-50 is a much younger lens specifically designed for the the A77 APS-c sensor).

You can see examples of my images with all my reviewed lenses here. www.flickr.com/photos/marti-thinkso/

Came with a nice Minolta branded AC CLR filter attached.
reviewer#34774 date: Feb-4-2017
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:Sony SEL1810, Tamron 11-18, Tamron 10-24, Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15 mk3, Sigma 12-24 DG.
price paid:£0.00
positive:Beautifully built. One fingertip manual focus when you want to use it that way. Ultra fast AF. This latest copy I have fount is ultra sharp for a super wide.
negative:There was obviously some production variance as mu current copy is the sharpest that I have come across buy quite a margin.
Super shiny finish looks naff.
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. 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.
WATCH OUT. Some are not as sharp as others.
reviewer#33749 date: Jan-9-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:KM 18-70 F3.5-5.6
Sony 18-55 F3.5-5.6
Sigma 18-50 F2.8-4.5
Sony DT16-50 F2.8
price paid:130
positive:Super sharp
Fast AF
Great FOV
Ergonomics (minus the focus ring)
Good build quality
negative:Small focus ring(hardly used it)
Noisy AF
comment:Used it a lot with my KM 5D and later on some with the Sony A77
Sold it so I Could buy the Sony DT 16-50 2.8SSM
Regret it a bit, because I will probably buy the A7 some day.. But I hope I find a new one later on
reviewer#12171 date: Mar-10-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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:Sigma 19 on APS-C, Zenitar 16, Minolta 24 AF
price paid:gift
positive:Very wide on full-frame. Very well suited to filter use. Rear element focusing. Built like a tank.
negative:People can start to look a bit strange in the corners but only the sort of distortion one would expect from a rectilinear lens.
comment:Lovely wide rectilinear lens, snappy focus. Replacement lens hoods not easy to find.
reviewer#11506 date: Nov-28-2013
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
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:
missing
price paid:280 USD
positive:-Light weight
-F2.8
-Front Glass did not rotate
-Color
negative:-Sharpness
comment:Rich of Minolta color and micro contrast. A very good wide angle lens when plug in with A99.
Center sharpness is good but is soft at edge. Need to further step down to gain overall sharpness.
Overall still a very good landscape lens for full frame camera.
You should keep a copy.
reviewer#10714 date: Nov-19-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
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:Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC
Minolta AF 28mm f/2.8
price paid:315 USD
positive:Sharpness
Color
Light weight
Very short min focus distance
CA controlled
negative:Flat images in cloudy light
Some barrel distortion
comment:This is the lens that I use 80% of the time on my 7D. I bought it at a discount because of a rattling noise. It was very easy to repair. One of the focus guide screws had come out.

+
Color and sharpness is very good. Lowlight performance is great. Sharpness is good at f/2.8 and tack sharp everywhere else.

-
In a forest or overcast sky situation, the lens can render flat images, hence my color rating of 4. If there are straight lines near the edges of a shot, they will be slightly curved. These are things I can work around.

You may find this lens slightly too wide for everyday use. However, I do a lot of landscapes and architecture, for which I find 20mm perfect (30mm eq. APS-C). It also makes some great wide angle macros. The min focus distance is about 10 cm in practice. You'll get the most out of this focal length by getting really close to your subject.

Compared to others:
The Sigma 10-20 is garbage. Sharpness is terrible until f/8 or 9. I started with the Sigma, sold it, and bought the Minolta.
I also sold my Minolta 28 f/2.8 some time after acquiring the 20. I just didn't use it much any more and it was not tack sharp like the 20.
reviewer#9956 date: Feb-21-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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:- Samyang 14 2.8
- Sigma 15-30 3.5-4.5
price paid:200 Eur
positive:- great center sharpness at 2.8
negative:- Vignetting (as expected)
comment:What a catch! I always wanted a nice AF prime lens for FF but couldn't afford really the Sigma 20 1.8. I guess all my needs at wide end are now fulfilled.

Center sharpness is great at 2.8 which makes this lens a great portrait lens, too. Sharpness gets, of course, better across the whole frame stopped down, but I shoot events and portraits so I don't bother with tack sharpness in the corners.

Vignetting is *very* present at 2.8 and vanishes around 5.6, but can easily be removed if you need the open aperture. Putting a narrow 72mm filter on top does not make things worse as vignetting is prominent, anyway. But for portraits, again, the vignetting is ok.

Contrast and colors are "so Minolta", that's why you got to love this lens.
reviewer#9935 date: Feb-15-2012
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 11-18 DT
Sigma 18-250 HSM
price paid:450
positive:- Sharpness (with some reserve)
- Bokeh
- Lack of distorion
negative:- Focus accuracy
- Microcontrast (I think)
comment:My first impression was not so good, but after some real use I started to like it very much.

I like the drawing style and the bokeh of the lens, and the fact that in real life situations it doesn't show that much distortion.

The lens is IMHO sharp, but it lacks some microcontrast to help in the sharpness aspect.

I mainly use it on an A700 but I have tested it on film.
reviewer#9908 date: Feb-10-2012
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:CZ 24-70
Minolta 24 2.8
Minolta 28 2.8
price paid:210 USD
positive:Reasonable price
sharp
negative:
missing
comment:I have had this lens for well over a year. I stopped using it when I got my CZ 24-70. I just have spent a day using it again while travelling. I had forgotten how much I liked it.

It performs really well on my A850
reviewer#9895 date: Feb-6-2012
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:Minolta 16mm F2.8 Fisheye
Minolta 18-70mm F3.5-5.6 Kit
price paid:
missing
positive:Good sharpness for a wide prime
Good old Minolta color
Wide but able to fit filter
negative:Original hood a bit hard to find
comment:Got a chance to try out this lens, like the old classic, build quality is superb and sharpness and color is as good as my 16mm Fisheye. Great lens for people who owned full frame DSLR and wanted to fit filters on it to get cool landscape pictures.
reviewer#9800 date: Jan-17-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:Minolta 24/2.8
Zeiss 24/2
Tokina 17/3.5
Zeiss 16-35
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp.
Excellent construction.
negative:
missing
comment:This is a great alternative to a 24mm.

I got this lens quite by chance (I wasn't looking for one at the time ...) and it has been quite a useful little optic.

It is sharp wide open (not absolutely perfect - but close enough hence 4.5).

Distortion control is pretty good for a super-wide, not as good as the Zeiss 16-35, but it's not in the same price bracket!

Overall, I'd be pleased to recommend this lens - get one if you can find one at the right price!
reviewer#9746 date: Jan-3-2012
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:Minolta 16mm F2.8
Tokina 11-16mm F2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp sharp sharp,
tough build
great Minolta colors
negative:Original Lens hood is hard to find.
comment:Borrowed from a good friend to shoot with A850. Wanted something wide but minimum distortion. Very very impressed with the image sharpness. Work well on my A700 also even it become a 30mm.
reviewer#8849 date: Mar-31-2011
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 used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:$345 ex
positive:Sharp & Contrasty
Well built
Classic Minolta colours
negative:None
comment:I purchased this fine lens in EX condition and I find that it performs very well indeed. On my A850 it fills my need for a fine, ultra-wide lens. Highly recommended.
reviewer#8514 date: Jan-12-2011
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:Minolta 85/1.4
Minolta 70-210/4
Sigma 50/1.4
price paid:380 USD
positive:God damned sharp at the center. Very good at wide aperture.
Unique Minolta vintage colors
negative:None
comment:I bought it second hand in excellent condition.
A great wide angle lens. Highly recommanded!
reviewer#7958 date: Sep-10-2010
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 used to own this lens
compared to:* Sigma 20mm f/1.8
* Sigma 24mm f/1.8
* Sigma 30mm f/1.4
* Sony 50mm f/1.4
price paid:275 USD (used)
positive:* good sharpness wide open
* Minolta colors
* focuses quickly
* small, lightweight
negative:* significant vignetting at f/2.8
* f/2.8 is not fast enough for low-light work
* there are more versatile options for APS-C landscape shots
* focal plane shifts at medium apertures - lens can be slightly sharper when manually focused at/around f/5.6
comment:If you want a full-frame prime for landscapes, this is a great option. You get classic Minolta colors, sharp images at all apertures, and the rock-solid build that lenses from its era are known for. Colors are better than Sigma's wide-angle primes, more saturated and not as yellow. Also, when compared to the Sigma 20mm f/1.8 and 24mm f/1.8, the Minolta focuses MUCH faster; it's not a big deal if you're shooting landscapes, but it makes a difference when you're shooting moving subjects.

This lens is not without its flaws. F/2.8 is not a fast enough aperture for low light work, so don't expect to use this lens in the same way you use an f/1.X prime. In addition, if you use this lens on an a850/a900 and shoot at f/2.8, the vignetting is pretty noticeable (though it's not hard to correct in post). Finally, it's hard to recommend this lens to those who plan on using it mostly/exclusively for landscape shots on an APS-C body. Stop any decent-quality zoom lens down to f/8 or f/11 and you should get excellent image quality, corner to corner. Why spend a few hundred dollars on this lens when you could spend a bit more, pick up a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8, and get both comparable image quality at 20mm f/8 and the utility of a zoom lens? Don't get me wrong, this is a fantastic piece of glass - all I'm saying is that for APS-C shooters, you can kill two birds with one stone with other lenses.
reviewer#7881 date: Aug-27-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
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 used to own this lens
compared to:TAMRON 17-35 2.8-4
price paid:380 USD
positive:Nice lens, nice Minolta colors. Nice build, came with box and hood.
negative:
missing
comment:Had one for some time, did not use it much. Not as sharp as the Tammy stepped down. Still a good lense for very wide shots.
reviewer#7436 date: May-13-2010
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 used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:- sharp
- light
- low distortion
negative:- some vignetting
comment:I have added this lens to my new A850 gear to have something wider than my 28-75 Kit lens.

Very nice, very sharp, even wide open. I did some test sheet shooting. Corners are perfect.

Works well on FF, with some light vignetting. Can be corrected with the DxO V2.6 Elite which is bundled to the A850 Kit, very easy.
reviewer#7148 date: Mar-24-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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:Sigma 10-20 (apsc)
price paid:
missing
positive:Compact
Fast
Great Colour
72mm filter size
negative:Bokeh sometimes
comment:This is a really great lens. Wide open, the corners and edges can be a bit soft and the bokeh can be onion-like. But this is minor. There is (obviously) distortion but that goes with the territory. It's a sharp lens and quite flare-resistant and CA-resistant. Colour is very nice. Focusses fast and quite quietly. 72mm filter size is practical (nice complement to the 28-135 out in the field). Solid build.

It's a great alternative to a large and heavy (and expensive) ultra-wide zoom. You can easily throw it in your bag. I also find the shooting experience with a wide prime a simpler process. I more easily foresee how a scene will look. Recommended for the a850/900.
reviewer#6783 date: Jan-20-2010
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:20-35/3.5-4.5
price paid:360
positive:Light weight, sharp and the sharpest wide angle prime I have
negative:Flare
comment:A much sharper lens the the zoom version. In fact used Nikon 20/2.8 first.
reviewer#6544 date: Dec-7-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 17-35 f2.8-4
Tamron 20-40
Tokina 20-35
price paid:Ł211
positive:Sharp
Typical Minolta colours
Well built but not heavy
Minimal distortion compared to zooms at similar focal length
negative:Nothing to speak of
comment:Expensive but well worth the money.
reviewer#6541 date: Dec-6-2009
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:
missing
price paid:Ł275 used
positive:Ligtweight
Sharp
Great field of view on FF
negative:Nothing really!
comment:I bought this a few months ago and only just got round to using it. I really like it. It's a lot like my previous Minolta primes (24/2.8 and 50/1.7) it's light, compact and performs very well.

I had wanted something wider than my CZ 24-80 for a while, though as it will only be used occasionally couldn't justify spending a lot of money. This little lens fits the bill nicely!
reviewer#6537 date: Dec-6-2009
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:Minolta 28mm F2.8 RS, Minolta 20mm F2.8, Minolta 28mm F2
price paid:Bought new in 80's
positive:Without a doubt one of favourite primes - I never go anywhere without it. Very sharp from F2.8, quick focusing, great colour, very well engineered. Very low distortion if used properly. A very good street lens on a crop body.
negative:Aside from the fact that you need to replace the hood with a collapsible rubber hood right from the start - there are no negatives.
comment:This is one of my "magic" lenses - it never fails to deliver. It is among my top five favourite lenses of all time - one that I would be very saddened to lose. I have had it since new, mid eighties, and it has never let me down. It has performed well on Minolta 5000, 7000, 9000, and my Sony A100 and A700. It is brilliant on an A900.
reviewer#5779 date: Jul-29-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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:Min. 24/ 2.8
Min. 28/ 2.8
price paid:265 € (new)
positive:very sharp, nice colours
negative:nothing till now
comment:Very nice lense for landscape, architecture.
reviewer#5554 date: Jun-18-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
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:Minolta 24/2,8
Sigma 24/2,8
Minolta 28-85/3,5-4,5
price paid:120 USD
positive:Wide angle
negative:Not so sharp
comment:Expected a fixed focal lens to be sharper.
AF quite fast.
reviewer#5193 date: Apr-8-2009
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 own this lens
compared to:minolta af 28mm f2.8
minolta af 28-135mm f4-4.5
price paid:350 usd used
positive:Sharp, good build quality, good colour.
negative:big filter size, sometimes backfocus, hard to grip the manual focus ring. huge lens hood.
comment:i haven't use the lens for an architectural photo, so i cannot comment on the distortion. i found this lens is quite sharp, sharper i feel than the 28mm, but less sharp from the 28-135mm. used it in some wedding photos, nice to have f2.8 at 20mm.
reviewer#5191 date: Apr-8-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.4
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 24mm ƒ/2.8 Original
Minolta 28mm ƒ/2.0 Original
Minolta 35mm ƒ/1.4 G RS
Minolta 50mm ƒ/2.8 Macro RS
Minolta 58mm ƒ/1.2 MC Rokkor PG
Minolta 85mm ƒ/1.4 G RS
Sony 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-5.6
Sony 75-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6
price paid:$370USD, Sept 2007
positive:Colour transitions
Resolution on full frame
90 degree field of view on full frame
Relatively cheap second hand
Decent autofocusing
negative:Bulky wide in the bag
Short barrel combined with wide field of view makes it difficult to hold steady and not have edge of hand palm or edge of sleeve in the shot
Distortion
Flare
Vignetting if attaching a slim circular polarizer on top of a standard UV filter
Non-circular aperature blades
No centre-pinch cap
Soft wide open
comment:I was never really impressed with this lens when I had the α100 but on the α900, it really comes into its own. On crop sensor, it's never quite wide enough and never quite tack sharp ever but somehow that all goes away on full frame. This concept has been confirmed by some reviews:

mhohner's review on crop sensor:
http://www.mhohner.de/sony-minolta/17-35.php

Stevemark's review on full frame:
http://artaphot.ch/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29&Itemid=53

This lens is a landscape lens through & through. I use it @ f/8.0, ISO-200 with a tripod and remote cable release probably 75% of the time. If I didn't always autofocus to infinity, I would say the thin focusing ring is useless. Sometimes distortion can creep in excessively in cityscapes. If I were going to stick to a crop sensor body, I would probably get a 24/2.8 RS and call it a day. I just wish I got the RS version with circular aperature blades.
reviewer#5005 date: Mar-11-2009
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:Zeiss 16-80mm
Minolta 17-35mm D
Sigma 18-50 DC f/2,8
price paid:250 euros
positive:Very good control of everything (sharpness, distortion,vignetting...).
negative:Nothing, as long as you accept to have a fixed focal wide-angle, which is not always easy to use (ex: landscape)
comment:Use mostly for lanscape and travel photography.
Very good lens. The zeiss 16-80mm is sharper but doesn't have the same control of distortion and vignetting. The 20mm give very usable picture straight from the camera. Good sharpness, specially when you stop it down.
reviewer#4776 date: Jan-31-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
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:- solid yet lightweight
- little distortions
- great colour balance and contrast
- internal focus
negative:- internal focus clonks when reaching the limit
- even though flare control is good, aperture ghosting can be a problem at certain angles when shooting into the sun
comment:You can become addicted to this one. The Min20/2.8 is a wonderful lens, great for architecture, interiors as well as for landscape. Very little distortion and seriously sharp from f4 onwards right to the edge. It is my most commonly used lens and I wouldn't travel without it.
reviewer#4753 date: Jan-27-2009
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:Sigma EX 17-35 f/2.8-4
Minolta AF 24-50 f/4
price paid:
missing
positive:Size
negative:weight
comment:I love this lens, though relatively heavy compared to for example the 28mm f/2.8. But great for film. I have to admit I either hate the 1.5x crop (it somehow f*cks up the quality of these great lenses), or digital is really worse than film.
Even scanned slides look much better (color, sharpness, etc.) than my digital images.

Anyway a great lens, a lot smaller and lighter than my Sigma EX 17-35 f/2.8-4. I take it with me when I go on holidays or for landscape pics. I love the original Minolta colors. Sigma, Tokina, Tamron and so on can't match up with that.

Can't wait till I own a Alpha 900 (which will be in at least 5 yrs or so :( )
reviewer#4522 date: Dec-11-2008
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 used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
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positive:Excellent for film or A900
negative:
missing
comment:Had this lens for several years with X-700, 9xi and Maxxum 9. Traded in when I went digital. Great lens for full frame, much better than 24 or 28mm.
reviews found: 53    1 2 >>

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 53
  • sharpness: 4.38
  • color: 4.81
  • build: 4.70
  • distortion: 4.23
  • flare control: 4.09
  • overall: 4.44

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