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

reviewer#44245 date: Mar-15-2019
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: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Sony Carl-Zeiss CZ 24-70/2.8 (version 1)
- Sony Carl-Zeiss CZ 24/2
price paid:239 euro
positive:-compact size
-light weighted
-possible to use a polarisation filter or others
-2.8 is already usable in the center if necessary
-max center sharpness at 5.6-8
-max corner sharpness at 11
negative:-focusing ring is to narrow , but all Minolta lenses in that time had the same problem
comment:I was searching for some extra wide angel for my city trips because 24mm is something just not wide enough .
First i wanted to buy a new Tamron SP 15-30/2.8 , but to big and heavy .
I found a 2nd hand Minolta 20/2.8 first version build between '86-'93 .
I have to say that this lens surprised me .
Although it's between 25-33 years old and made for analoge photography it performs surprisingly well on my A99II 42mp .
Better than i hoped for .
I normaly use this lens at 8-11 and when you use this
http://kurtmunger.com/short_focusid242.html
the lens even performs very good in the extreem corners !
I am very happy with this investment and can recommand it to everyone who is looking for some compact and light wide angel that give you that extra mm .

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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