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

reviews found: 37    << 1 2
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
reviewer#274 date: Dec-11-2005
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Hard build and sharpness
negative:Distorsion, but it is a 20 mm!
comment:Very good fix lens to make reportage with Dynax/Maxxum 7D
reviewer#100 date: Aug-8-2005
sharpness: 4
color: 5
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-125 @ 20mm
price paid:
missing
positive:Fast AF
negative:AF not so much precise on low contrast.
Focus ring not easy to find.
comment:Good lens but not so much sharpen as expected from a KM fixed
lens, better result at f5.6.
Compared in sharpness with Sigma 18-125 @ 20mm the result is better at f5.6.

reviewer#96 date: Jul-23-2005
sharpness: 3
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Nice wide lens with the 7D.
Ideal landscape lens with little curvature.
Good colour rendition
Nice bright lens with 2.8 aperture.
negative:Not sharp enough for portraiture, ok for landscape.
comment:This 20mm lens seems to be the ideal lens for landscape photography when used with the 7D. Recently in New Zealand, I found it to be my most used lens. However, I wasn't always that impressed with the sharpness. I feel that the zoom lens I bought with the camera is far sharper than the 20mm. It is easy enough to sharpen them using the Dimage software, but can be time consuming when you take thousands of photos.
reviewer#69 date: Apr-3-2005
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:Good minimum focusing distance. Clean colors
negative:The small rubber focus ring can be hard to find for manual focus.
comment:This is one of my favorite lenses .
reviewer#21 date: Nov-30-2004
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Any other 20mm lens.
This is the best for your Minolta camera.
price paid:
missing
positive:Fast AF speed
Very sharp
Great contrast and colors
negative:Small manual focus ring
comment:This is the best for your Minolta Maxxum camera.
reviews found: 37    << 1 2

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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