Minolta AF 20mm F2.8 RS A-mount lens review by colorsound
|colorsound#813 date: May-19-2006|
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|ownership:||I have experience with this lens|
|compared to:||sigma 18-35/3.5-4.5 |
sigma 17-35/2.8-4 EX
|positive:||outstanding image quality|
very, very sharp
very close minimum focus distance
|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!