Minolta AF 35mm F1.4 G RS A-mount lens review by niji

reviewer#11996 date: Sep-29-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:24-70Z
50/1.4
price paid:650 AUD used
positive:Colour
'Image rendering'
Build quality
negative:Sharpness under f2.8 (if this is what you need)
comment:I've been holding off several years to write this review and after a good look at my Lightroom catalogue recently can share the following thoughts.

Firstly, I'm in the adoring camp for this lens. I love the way it renders images, the colour especially, but the bokeh is also very nice. I should point out that my primary use for this lens is portraiture when the subject is within a few feet, mostly kids who don't get especially concerned with a camera shoved so closely to their faces.

I find sharpness at the larger apertures middling, but from f2.8 it is biting for my style of photographs. I have a fair bit of MFA dialled in to my A850 and always wondered if this was also playing a part in the softness wide open.

In short it's one of my favourites, one of they few that I feel made a good transition from film in my case. I would like to personally compare it with the Sigma Art one day.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 11
  • sharpness: 4.36
  • color: 4.91
  • build: 4.91
  • distortion: 4.82
  • flare control: 4.55
  • overall: 4.71
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