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

reviewer#6537 date: Dec-6-2009
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28mm F2.8 RS, Minolta 20mm F2.8, Minolta 28mm F2
price paid:Bought new in 80's
positive:Without a doubt one of favourite primes - I never go anywhere without it. Very sharp from F2.8, quick focusing, great colour, very well engineered. Very low distortion if used properly. A very good street lens on a crop body.
negative:Aside from the fact that you need to replace the hood with a collapsible rubber hood right from the start - there are no negatives.
comment:This is one of my "magic" lenses - it never fails to deliver. It is among my top five favourite lenses of all time - one that I would be very saddened to lose. I have had it since new, mid eighties, and it has never let me down. It has performed well on Minolta 5000, 7000, 9000, and my Sony A100 and A700. It is brilliant on an A900.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 58
  • sharpness: 4.39
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.69
  • distortion: 4.21
  • flare control: 4.07
  • overall: 4.44
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