Minolta AF 35mm F2 A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#11860 date: Jun-8-2014
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony SEL2470Z 24-70
Minolta 35-70 F4
Tokina ATX-Pro 28-70 F2.8 (Agnieux version)
Sigma 28-70 F2.8
Minolta 50mm F1.7 (RS)
Minolta 50mm F1.7 (older version)
Minolta 50mm F1.4 (older version)
price paid:€ 390
positive:+ razor sharp
+ beautiful colors
+ small and compact
+ ideal for street photography/photojournalism
negative:- built quality
- rare
comment:This is an essential must-own lens for every Sony shooter. Ideal for street photography. This lens is razor sharp. It is super compact (fits in my jeans pocket), has the typical beautiful Minolta colors and it is super rare to find. In short if you see one, buy it !!! Its one of the best 35mm for the alpha system out there and also worth the price. Its a tragedy that Sony doesnt produce an equivalent.
reviewer#11688 date: Feb-12-2014
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tokina 17mm f3.5 Pro
Sony 50mm 1.4 Planar
Min 85mm 1.4 GD
Min 100mm 2.8 macro RS
Sony 135mm f1.8 Sonnar T
Min 200mm 2.8 APO HS
Min 400mm 4.5 APO HS
price paid:570.00
positive:Sharp, Color, Build,
Pocket size
negative:None
comment:One of the sharpest lens ever made corner to corner even at f2, at f5.6 everything is razor sharp along with its fantastic color, the 35mm f2 is the best wide angle lens that I have found for a full frame camera new or used, a super landscape lens or a large group portrait lens.
reviewer#11604 date: Jan-14-2014
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 20mm f2.8
- Sony 24-70mm Zeiss
- Sony 16-35mm Zeiss
- Sony 24mm Zeiss
price paid:$ 480
positive:- amazing sharpness, as good as or better than zeiss 24-70mm at same apertures
- no distortion visible
- great contrast
- super compact! tiny awesome lens
- hard stop infinity focus
negative:- flare around bright lights in the frame
comment:This high quality lens is tiny. So small but on par or better than the best glass for Sony A mount out there. Sharp from corner to corner even at f 2.8. This is just amazing. In my opinion, this is the best lens I have.

If I need the flexibility of a normal zoom ill use the 24-70mm Zeiss, which is equal in image quality (a bit softer in corners though and soooo much bigger and heavier). For wide I am also covered with above lenses. If I want to travel light, everyday use etc I just leave the Minolta 35mm f2 on the body as it is so small. Finally I can bring my A99 almost everywhere without compromising on the excellent image quality I have learned to appreciate from the zeiss zooms.

Buying this lens on ebay: I bought this lens from Japan and it was listed free of fungus, haze, etc. Upon close inspection with a LED flashlight through the lens a sort of haze and beginning fungus was discovered which was not visible just looking through the lens without LED light. I was lucky enough to have it cleaned cheaply and the seller agreed on a partial refund. He also offered full refund for return but I figured I did not want to wait months for this lens to show up on the bay reasonably priced in excellent condition again. If you find this lens on ebay, make sure the seller accepts returns and is eager to keep his ratings high.
reviewer#11388 date: Oct-14-2013
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-105 SAM
18-135 SAM
Min 50mm f/1.4
price paid:$250
positive:Super sharp and fast. Clean images edge to edge even wide open. Great colors- really snappy
negative:Nothing
comment:Outstanding lens- essentially a 50mm on an APS-c sensor. Super Minolta colors.
reviewer#11052 date: Apr-18-2013
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28/2.8, 50/1.4, 85/1.4100/2.8 Macro, 135.2.8

Carl Zeiss 24/1.8 E Mount
price paid:575 USD
positive:Excellent sharpness and color
negative:Flares more easily than a modern lens
comment:I owned this lens before and loved it, then sold it when I bought the Carl Zeiss Sonnar 24/1.8 for my NEX7. My thought was that I didn't need two expensive lenses with the 35mm (36 on NEX/24 combo) field of view, and following Kurt Munger's (excellent) advise, decided to use the NEX7 with CZ24 and sell the 35/2.

Well, I still love the CZ 24E and still think it is a better lens in this field of view, but the NEX7 is NOT a replacement for the A850, and so I bought another copy of this excellent lens.

The Zeiss 24 is more flare-resistant and has better resolution wide open than the Mino 35, but not by much, and the full frame A850 gives me a lot more control over depth of field. The end result is that when I'm out on a photographic trip I tend to use the 35/2 on the A850 more than any other camera/lens combination.

This lens delivers fantastic Minolta color, slightly more saturated than my 50/1.4 and 28/2.8, and fully the equal of the 85/1.4 that I also sold, and now want to buy again.

These are rare and expensive these days, but it remains the best 35mm moderate wideangle for Sony full frame that you can buy. If you are shooting APS-C, save your money and get the outstanding Sony 35/1.8 instead.
reviewer#10809 date: Dec-30-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:very sharp
high contrast
compact
negative:rare and expensive
wave like distortion
comment:Seems like a very nice little lens, very sharp wide open, fast AF, high contrast deep colours. Wish it was a current production lens.

The 2 main downside to this lens is it's quite rare (thus expensive), next is the lens has a peculiar wave distortion. If being overly critical you could moan that there's some noticeable vignetting wide open though I don't mind it personally, there's a hint of CA wide open when pixel peeping but thankfully small enough not to be a real world concern.
reviewer#10701 date: Nov-14-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70 F4
Minolta 28mm F2.8
Minolta 28-105 F3.5-4.5
price paid:600 AUD (2010 ex+)
positive:sharp, colour, snappy focus
negative:none for me
comment:Appears to render images marginally more contrasty and saturated than Minolta G lenses but still natural looking. Probably my most used lens.

Wonderfully sharp and I have easily made A0 prints from 8bit jpeg files captured through this lens.

Light, fast and sharp from wide open. A classic and very happy to have it.
reviewer#10486 date: Sep-4-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24 to 70 G
It has its own look, different than a G lens, with an outstanding bokah
price paid:400 USD used
positive:This is one of my most favorite lenses. It has a beautiful rendition that is sharp, contrasty and with that lovely Minolta classic color.
negative:can't think of anything at all
comment:If you can find one of these, it is a keeper! I use this a lot, on my A850 and it works wonderfully on my Nex 7 with auto focus adapter
reviewer#10458 date: Aug-19-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50 1.8
Tamron 90 2.8 MAcro
price paid:350€
positive:Colors, contrast and sharpness are incredible. Very light and solid body. Fast focus
negative:Rare and expensive
comment:Allways in my camera. A must-have lenses and one of the best minolta primes ¿the best? Perfect focal distance for everyday
reviewer#10037 date: Mar-19-2012
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 35-70mm f/4
Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5 - 4.5 (original)
Minolta 28-70mm f/2.8 G
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
price paid:550 USD (near mint)
positive:Very sharp wide open
Great Minolta color
Compact
Light weight
No chromatic aberration
negative:Nothing significant.
comment:Quite an amazing lens, in that it has the ability to gather light and illuminate shadows like only the best lenses can. It is sharp from f/2, especially in the center. Sharpness falls off very slightly toward the edges, and stopping down just a little can help. My good copy of the Minolta 35-70mm f/4 is about 5-10% sharper on the edges at f/5.6, and nearly as sharp in the center. However, the 35mm f/2 has more realistic colors and a much brighter presentation of shadow areas than the 35-70mm f/4. I have yet to find a copy of the Minolta 35-105mm f/3.5 - 4.5 that can rival either of these lenses at 35mm. Compared to the Minolta 28-70mm f/2.8 G, this prime is sharper, especially on the edges, and offers better color rendition. In general, I find its performance similar to that of the Minolta 50mm f/1.7, but sharper wide open.

I have seen no chromatic aberration, no significant field distortion, and I've had no problems with flare because I always use the lens hood. Of course, this hood could be deeper for APS-C, but it's not bad.

Focus speed is very fast, and accuracy is near perfect on my A350 and A580 bodies. Build quality is what you would expect for a 1980's Minolta lens: fantastic. Overall, a wonderful lens that never disappoints.
reviewer#9730 date: Dec-30-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 20 2.8
Minolta 24 2.8
Minolta 35 1.4
CZ 24-70 2.8
price paid:EUR 240
positive:Sharpness
Color
Size
negative:None
comment:This lens is a surprise to me. I used to always use my 35 1.4, but came a cross this for an ok price. So I thought lets try it and see what all the fuss is about. Most likely I will sell it and keep the 35 1.4.

The result is that I have sold my 35 1.4 and moved over to this one. In my opinion in terms of optics this is sharper or as sharp as the 35 1.4. It is one stop slower, but significantly smaller... so there are trade offs. I do not think the price difference is that big these days.

This lens performs similar to the 35 1.4 as the 100 2 to the 85 1.4. I kept this one and the 85 1.4...
reviewer#9575 date: Nov-11-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ16-35, CZ24-70
price paid:around 50 EUR
positive:Sharp from corner to corner when stopped down, corners a bit soft wide open but this is more than compensated by the way the center is beautifully rendered. Lovely bokeh front and back.
MFD of just 25 cm.
negative:AF is twitchy on A99, but MF and focus peaking is convenient. Bigger AF ring would have been nice, particularly when using LEE adapter rings the AF ring is hard to use.
comment:A Minota classic. Wonder why Sony didn't rebrand it like the 20 and the 28 (that are not in the same league though). I picked one up in the early digital days when Minolta was going nowhere. With CZ16-35 and CZ24-70 in the bag it gets too little use.
reviewer#9386 date: Sep-3-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50mm f1.7
50mm f3.5
24mm f2.8
price paid:450 USD
positive:Sharp
Beautiful Color
Almost no distortion
Lightweight
Speed
negative:I just wish all of my lenses were this good
comment:This lens is a magnificent performer. It is my most expensive prime so far. This lens and the Minolta 50mm f3.5 are the only lenses that i have rated as '5' across the board, but this one has the advantage of f2. And wide open it appears to perform exceptionally well. I might find a slight difference in sharpness between f2 and f4 or f5.6, but It's probably more dependent on my skill to hit the focus accurately. The overall images that come from this lens have a wonderful quality that is perceptively better than the other primes. It is becoming a fixture on the a850. When I process the RAW files, I find that I am using less sharpening than with other lenses to achieve the same result. The combination on the a850 is well balanced. I am very fond of this focal length. It is wide enough to get in close to subjects, yet it suffers little effect of the usual wide-angle distortion. The correction for this lens in PT-Lens is minimal. Highly recommended.
reviewer#9246 date: Jul-20-2011
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50 1.7
50 1.4
28 2.8
17-35 2.8-4
price paid:100 can
positive:beautiful colours
tack sharp
solid build
fits in pocket
fast accurate AF
negative:nothing
comment:An absolute gem. Well worth the desire and the price. Only shame is I only have an a700 to shoot with, can only imagine how special this lens would really be on a FF body.
reviewer#8433 date: Dec-21-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zeiss 24-70\2.8
Sigma 50\1.4
Sony 20\2.8
price paid:625 USD used
positive: THE COLORS, nice sharpness, solid build
very light
negative:Lens hood will not clear cap when revesed
filter size
comment:As noted by others. there is an unquantifiable 3-D effect, particularly in soft, evening light that I have never seen before. It may be due, in part, to the amazing contrast and color rendition. I have not noted any unusual flare problems. I sincerely doubt I'll ever give up this lens.
reviewer#7462 date: May-21-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:135mm F1.8 Zeiss
50mm f1.4 Min & Sigma
85mm f1.4 Min
price paid:$550 -Ouch!
positive:COLOR, COLOR & more COLOR, superb contrast with magnificent sharpness
negative:Me learning to get out of the way of this gem and letting it shine.
comment:At first I was under whelmed with this lens. Then as I used it more and it showed me how good it was. The color for me has made this a wise decision. I did not expect this to be a portrait lens until I tried it and WOW! It is openning up new vistas of possibilities. It is sharp, with superb contrast and magnificent color. I haven't tried it on my A700 yet so I can't speak to APS-C performance yet (more to come).

I highly recommend this lens if you can get a hold of one.
reviewer#7166 date: Mar-27-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zoom 24-85, 24-105, 35-70 f4.
price paid:500US$
positive:Nice colors, sharp, light, good
negative:Not found yet
(Sony does not make them)
comment:This is a very good lens, it has the same colors as the f 1.4. It is sharp all over. I do prefer this as my standard fixed focal length lens. It was expensive but worth every dollar.

Standard outfit in my fixed focal length bag + A900.
reviewer#6968 date: Feb-26-2010
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28/2
35/1.4
price paid:L350 (used)
positive:Very sharp (even wide open)
Compact
Build quality
negative:
missing
comment:A fantastic lens on APS-C or FF. It is a must have for prime lovers.

I only sold mine to help fund a Sony 35/1.4 which I need for available light work (f1.4 vs f2).

I would recommend this lens without hesitation.

Update: I missed it so much, I got another one!
reviewer#6473 date: Nov-27-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 24-70
Contax C/Y remounted Zeiss 21 F 2.8
price paid:480 USD
positive:Very sharp (after AF microfocus adjustment in a900)
Colors
3D effect in rendering skin tones
negative:Lack of modern anti-flare internal barrel coating.
comment:I became intrigued by reports of the color and sharpness of this very small lens. I find it to be a very comfortable walk around lens, with terrific image quality, when the CZ 24-70 is just too big and I do not anticipate a need for longer focal lengths. It is also useful when the 21 2.8 is too wide for intended use and when AF is useful (candids of street scenes).
I moved to a900 in anticipation of using only the Sony Zeiss lenses and my remounted LeicaR glass and remounted Contax Zeiss lenses. This discovery has been a most pleasant surprise.
reviewer#5323 date: May-1-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- 20/2.8 on APS-C
price paid:535 USD (used)
positive:- Small
- Light
- Sharp
negative:- So hard to find!
- Used price getting silly
comment:Excellent lens for walk-around: small, sharp, low distortion, and usable in low-light.

This lens is my "kit" lens for my a900.

Usable from f/2.

No issue of flare, chromatic aberration, or such.
reviewer#5085 date: Mar-24-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50/1,7
price paid:300 Euro
positive:- sharp
- compact
- nice colors
negative:- as all 1st generation Minolta lens - narrow manual focusing ring
comment:Nice, sharp lens. Good for portraits.
If you need lens of that focal length, just get it :)
reviewer#4675 date: Jan-12-2009
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50 1.7
85 1.4
cz 16-80
price paid:350 USD(5 years ago)
positive:tack sharp
excellent color
excellent contrast
very light
negative:lens hood will allow some flare
comment:Was thinking about selling this lens when I was still doing only film, but with APS it is a "normal" lens and is on my A100 and A700 alot. Perfect for low light shooting indoors and paired with A100 a great walkaround combo when I go downtown. Contrast is superb, giving a nice 3D effect. On my camera more than the 85/1.4.
reviewer#4615 date: Jan-3-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:MinO 50 1.7
MinO 50 1.4
SAL 50 1.4
CZ16-80
price paid:550 USD (used)
positive:Sharpness
Small size
Quick focus
Colors
negative:Used cost
comment:This lens has almost a clinical sharpness. It is so sharp wide open on APS-C, I never stop down to improve sharpness. The 35mm focal length on APS-C makes it a perfect fast indoor lens. I always found 50mm to be too long for indoors, and now I never use the 50mm. There is no distortion and the colors are classic minolta. The only problem with this lens is the rarity and the high used cost.
reviewer#4284 date: Oct-25-2008
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28/2.8
24/2.8
50/1.7
price paid:very cheap
positive:very sharp even at 2
52 mm on APS-C
did i mention very sharp ?
negative:price
comment:this act as a 50 on FF
a great buy

very usefull when you want a lense for being light

I use it a lot for home studio pictures
a must have, even if it costs a little to muche compared to other brands

Still a wonderfull lens on my Alpha 77
reviewer#3840 date: Jul-11-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 28-75/2.8 D
KM 50/1.7
CZ 24-70/2.8
KM 24/2.8
price paid:300 USD (used)
positive:Very light, sharp, with excellent color and better flaring control than other short KM primes.
negative:Hood is too small and contributes to flaring in some situations.
comment:This is one of my favorite lenses despite the fact that I own the CZ 24-70. It has some of the best bokeh you will ever see on such a shot focal lens even from 2 it is sharp all the way up to 14 or so. It is very light and boasts great color and contrast. This has become my event lens for wedding receptions, indoor socials, and even simple street stuff. In situations where zooming isn't important it is my go to lens due to size, weight, and low light ability.

When I rated the flaring I took into account that all short primes I've encountered on mumerous systems seem to be more inclined to flaring. Compared to other short primes (16, 24, 35, 50) it does the best. But still not as good as zooms I've used in this range. Some of this can be contributed by the odd hood but it is also a flaw of the lens.
reviewer#3835 date: Jul-10-2008
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50 1.7, 135 2.8, Tam 17-50, Sig 17-70, Sony 16-105, Min 28-135
price paid:
missing
positive:Small, "normal" focal length, fast, quick focus, sharp, 3D, smooth.
negative:
missing
comment:Updated after a year of use...

What can I say? It's just "right" in every way. I've updated sharpness from 4.5 to 5, and flare from 4 to 5 upon review of many images. It gives a great 3-dimensional look. It's small and light, and easy to zoom with your feet. Great outdoors and in. I've tried a variety of zooms and keep coming back to the 35/2 as my walkaround. Don't ever hesitate to buy one, if you can find one. I didn't pay much and got lucky, but it's a lens worth investing in for the long term, on full-frame and apsc.
reviewer#3833 date: Jul-10-2008
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:M 28/2.8 O, M 24/2.8 O
price paid:350 euro used
positive:Sharp wide open, size, bokeh.
negative:No rounded blades.
comment:Really like this lens, on crop it has FOV of 50mm on full frame.
Forms my ideal prime pair with the M 85/1.4 G.
reviewer#3779 date: Jul-2-2008
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-135 f/4
Minolta 50mm 1.7 OS
Minolta 70-210 f/4
Minolta 135 f/2.8
Sigma 20-40 f2.8
Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
price paid:50 USD
positive:Wow. Colors. Sharpness... this lens is incredible.
negative:It makes all my other lenses feel ignored...
comment:I'm lazy and love zooms... yet I find myself moving around a lot because I can't beat the image quality this lens produces. This lens is unbeatable... It is nice and sharp wide open, and it is a good focal length for most things.

Love it. It's too bad Sony doesn't make THIS lens...
reviewer#3715 date: Jun-14-2008
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Mi 20/2.8
So 28/2.8
Mi 50/1.4
price paid:299 EUR
positive:Razor sharp
Flower Hood
55mm Diameter
Focal lenght 52mm
negative:Hard to find
Price
No D-Lens
comment:This lense has become one of my favorites. I actually have the SAL-28F28 and i used to use it as my standard lens for indoor. Since i have the 35/2.0 i placed the Sony back into its package.

If you can find one -> get it
reviewer#3537 date: Apr-30-2008
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: 24MP24 MP36MP36 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL16105, Min 50/1.7, Sigma 28-70 2.8 EX, Beercan
price paid:Ł213
positive:light weight
good build quality
colours
sharpness
negative:impossible to remove the hood when the lens cap is on
comment:Absolutely amazing lens. I just got it recently, and was unsure how much I was going to
use it as I never have used primes much before. However, it has truly impressed me.
The colours are superb as is the sharpness. No other lens I have can match it - the
50/1.7 being the only one in the same league. If you can find one, go for it. It's
worth it.
reviews found: 45    1 2 >>

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 45
  • sharpness: 4.98
  • color: 4.98
  • build: 4.69
  • distortion: 4.91
  • flare control: 4.64
  • overall: 4.84

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