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

reviewer#7148 date: Mar-24-2010
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 10-20 (apsc)
price paid:
Great Colour
72mm filter size
negative:Bokeh sometimes
comment:This is a really great lens. Wide open, the corners and edges can be a bit soft and the bokeh can be onion-like. But this is minor. There is (obviously) distortion but that goes with the territory. It's a sharp lens and quite flare-resistant and CA-resistant. Colour is very nice. Focusses fast and quite quietly. 72mm filter size is practical (nice complement to the 28-135 out in the field). Solid build.

It's a great alternative to a large and heavy (and expensive) ultra-wide zoom. You can easily throw it in your bag. I also find the shooting experience with a wide prime a simpler process. I more easily foresee how a scene will look. Recommended for the a850/900.

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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