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

reviewer#38883 date: Jun-16-2017
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony E 16 F2.8
Sigma 19 F2.8 DN Art
Sony E 20 F2.8
Sony E 16-50 OSS
Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Sony DT 16-80
Sony DT 16-105
Sony DT 18-55 SAM II
Sony DT 18-135 SAM
Minolta AF 20mm F2.8 RS
Minolta AF 24mm F2.8
Sigma AF 24mm F2.8
Tokina AF 20-35mm F3.5-4.5 II
price paid:177 USD (used)
positive:Reasonably small
Flat focus plane
Even illumination at smaller apertures (APS-C)
In-camera lens compensation
Focus shift
Lateral CA
Petal hood blocks focus ring
72mm filter thread
comment:After selling my first copy, I bought a second. The second copy is the sharpest one yet.

This is a fairly small lens, though much larger than the Minolta AF 24/2.8 and 28/2.8 primes. It looks a bit like a wide converter was added to the front of those lenses. The bayonet hood looks just like a scaled up version of the 24/2.8 hood. Like the 28/2.8 this lens is supported by in-body lens compensations. "JAPAN"

Film wide angle lenses don't make much sense for smaller sensors. The Sony E 16-50 PZ OSS is sharper with less aberrations. This lens has a strange combination of attributes. Between focus shift from stopping down and rather poor performance wide-open, it is not a lens that is easy to get the most from. But there is also little distortion and quite a flat focus plane.

The little E-mount primes are much sharper as is the DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 56
  • sharpness: 4.38
  • color: 4.82
  • build: 4.68
  • distortion: 4.21
  • flare control: 4.09
  • overall: 4.44
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