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

reviewer#9956 date: Feb-21-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:- Samyang 14 2.8
- Sigma 15-30 3.5-4.5
price paid:200 Eur
positive:- great center sharpness at 2.8
negative:- Vignetting (as expected)
comment:What a catch! I always wanted a nice AF prime lens for FF but couldn't afford really the Sigma 20 1.8. I guess all my needs at wide end are now fulfilled.

Center sharpness is great at 2.8 which makes this lens a great portrait lens, too. Sharpness gets, of course, better across the whole frame stopped down, but I shoot events and portraits so I don't bother with tack sharpness in the corners.

Vignetting is *very* present at 2.8 and vanishes around 5.6, but can easily be removed if you need the open aperture. Putting a narrow 72mm filter on top does not make things worse as vignetting is prominent, anyway. But for portraits, again, the vignetting is ok.

Contrast and colors are "so Minolta", that's why you got to love this lens.

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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