Minolta AF 35mm F1.4 G RS A-mount lens review by H20boy

reviewer#2723 date: Sep-13-2007
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 30/1.4 DC
Minolta 28-70/2.8 G
Minolta 17-35/3.5 G
price paid:$1,200 USD used
positive:Love the minolta colors! Bokeh to die for
negative:Value... i'll explain below
comment:I just couldn't justify keeping this lens. Let me explain. It had nothing to do with IQ, at all. I found myself rarely using the f1.4-f2.8 range on this lens. I used it at a wedding, and only f3.2 and above. Even some 'creative' shots were only at f2, and those were few and far between. I suppose my shooting style just didn't warrant a lens of focal length and of this specialty. Compared to the other Minoltas, it had the same colors and sharpness. In order to keep a $1200 lens, I want to WANT to use it, and I just didn't have the desire to do so as much as I needed to justify keeping it. I did pick up a less expensive Sigma 30/1.4 to replace it, but the siggy didn't have near the contrast that the 35G had, but nice OOF areas which I am used to achieving. I am sure I will miss it someday.

Flare was given a 5, since it was never really 'tested' outdoors, except for onece, in which it was successful.

No distortion at all - perfect.

The build - good grief this is one mean metal lens. I had to remove it from checked luggage because I was over the max weight - it easily weighs 3lbs by itself! Lots of glass. I would literally break down in tears if I ever dropped this one. For some reason, I don't think it would survive even one strong drop to concrete. If i have time later, I'll do the mass x acceleration formula to give you the amount of force this baby would undergo.

MF ring is a joy to use compared to the first gen lenses. AF accuracy was always really fast, but sometimes off due to limited DOF that it can achieve.

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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