Minolta AF 35mm F1.4 G RS A-mount lens review by 6tyNine

reviewer#4328 date: Nov-5-2008
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 20mm ƒ/2.8 Original
Minolta 24mm ƒ/2.8 Original
Minolta 28mm ƒ/2.0 Original
Minolta 50mm ƒ/2.8 Macro RS
Minolta 58mm ƒ/1.2 MC Rokkor PG
Sony 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-5.6
Sony 75-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6
price paid:about $950USD
positive:Dreamy tones
Rich colour
Creamy bokeh
Short minimum focus distance
Razor thin depth of field
Ultra fast aperature
Extremely solid build
Smooth focusing ring
Practical focal length for both FF and APS-C sensors
No noticable distortion
Nice weight for a900 body
negative:Softness wide open
Slight flare in harsh conditions
Slight CA in harsh conditions
Expensive
Slightly heavy for a100 body (but still a solid feel)
comment:I've had this lens for about a year.

Anyone who thinks this lens is about sharpness is either got a gem, is blind, or is fooling themselves.

This lens can not be appreciated until it's been used for awhile. At first, its softness is so very obvious, but often confused with razor thin shallow DOF. Sharpness improves when stopping down, by ƒ/4.0 pixel peepers will have a tough time criticizing it. It's not until you experiment with shots that demonstrate tones and colours and compare the results to other good lenses, does this lens shine and feel like a great lens.

On a cropped sensor in small rooms, 28mm can be more practical shooting people & parties. On a FF sensor, I'm still getting used to a true 'wide angle'.

If all you care about is sharpness and MTF tests, save your $ and get a 35/2.0 or 50 macro. If you want to paint a dream, this lens is perfect.

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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