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

reviewer#3356 date: Mar-13-2008
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 own this lens
compared to:28 2.0
24 2.8
28-70 F2.8 G
28-75 D
35-105 F3.5-4.5
50 F1.7
price paid:989 USD NIB
positive:Sharp!
Build
Aperture (1.4)
Bokeh
negative:None really
comment:A magnificent piece of glass! I've had this lens for about a month, but took it on it's first real outing today. Incredibly sharp, even at 1.4, and gets better from there. Anybody who says this lens is not sharp has lost their mind. Take the time to learn how to use it. It does take patience.

Bokeh at 1.4 is creamier than anything else I've seen except the STF. Close ups at 1.4 really do look 3d-ish because of this separation of subject from background. For many close ups I used manual focusing and it was a charm. Smooth and wide focus ring makes for easy manual focusing. Built well and balances nicely on my A100 and A700.

Distortion - what? Flare - where?

I've seen CA on very high contrast situations (treetops and sky). But this is the case with all my lenses (including 85G and 28-70G). I can't gig this lens because of that. I guess it's normal.

This has been my best lens purchase so far. Very lucky and thankful to find it new.

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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