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

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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 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:
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!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 38
  • sharpness: 4.53
  • color: 4.82
  • build: 4.58
  • distortion: 4.26
  • flare control: 4.32
  • overall: 4.50
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